Madigan’s war chest is overflowing

The speaker’s campaign funds include: 

  • Friends of Michael J Madigan – his own campaign committee for his House seat
  • 13th Ward Democratic Org – the committee for his role as Democratic committeeperson 
  • Democratic Majority – a political party committee to help elect Democrats to the Illinois House
  • Democratic Party of Illinois – a political party committee to help elect Democrats statewide 

Madigan has never been defeated in his own district, which he has represented since 1971. The funds can instead help the Speaker defend fellow Democrats in the hopes of maintaining his supermajority in the Illinois House (Democrats currently hold 74 seats to Republicans’ 44). A full picture of how much or what the Speaker plans to spend money on won’t emerge until mid-October, when the next quarterly reports are due.

Meanwhile, a special legislative committee considering whether Madigan “engaged in conduct which is unbecoming to a legislator or which constitutes a breach of public trust” in his dealings with ComEd continues to gear up. The committee held a brief meeting last week, and two members said this week they’ve been given the go-ahead by federal authorities to call witnesses. ComEd has admitted to giving jobs and contracts to associates to benefit their legislative agenda. Madigan himself has not been charged, denies any wrongdoing, and has called the committee process an election year political stunt. 

Republican committee members’ preliminary witness list includes Madigan, his longtime confidante Mike McClain, former City Club President Jay Doherty, former Ald. Mike Zalewski and several former ComEd officials, including Anne Pramaggiore, Fidel Marquez, and John Hooker.


via Crain’s Chicago Business

September 15, 2020 at 02:22PM

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