“As I’ve said, I have never made a legislative decision with improper motives and any claim otherwise is unfounded,” Madigan asserted in a comment relayed through a press aide. “I will continue to lead the effort to defeat Donald Trump, defend our Senate seat, expand the Illinois congressional delegation and the majorities in the Illinois House and Senate. I am cooperating fully with authorities.”
As chairman at the time of the Democratic National Convention, Madigan is leading a party that normally would be holding big delegation meetings every day, meetings that he’d have to attend and which would give reporters a chance to question him about a rising number of calls from within his own party that he hang it up after being implicated but not charged in the Commonwealth Edison bribery scandal.
But because of COVID-19, the convention is virtual, with everyone—including nominee-to-be Joe Biden—staying at home and certainly not in the Milwaukee convention hall. When the state party asked the press if anyone had any questions for people in the delegation, I asked if Madigan would respond to the calls for his departure.
You read above his entire response.
It’s not quite certain whether the speaker is holding forth from his Southwest Side home or somewhere else. He was on screen for about 10 seconds during an introductory convention briefing the other day, and I have a hunch we won’t be hearing much more from him.
via Crain’s Chicago Business
August 17, 2020 at 02:11PM