With Tuesday being the day of the second hearing of the committee investigating Commonwealth Edison and House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago), the committee chairman is throwing water on the top House Republican and his plans.
State Rep. Chris Welch (D-Hillside) sent a letter to House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) Monday, telling him he cannot inject himself into the proceedings. Durkin had announced plans to bring in a Com Ed executive for questioning. Welch says Durkin, as a petitioner for the hearings in the first place, is ineligible to participate.
By the way, Welch continued, Durkin could find himself questioned – over any involvement he may have had with Com Ed, citing one of the very pieces of legislation the utility wanted Madigan to grease through the General Assembly.
The utility – entering into a deferred prosecution agreement with the feds – was accused of trying to bribe Speaker Mike Madigan into steering legislation its way in exchange for cash to – and favors for – people in Madigan’s circle.
Later Monday, Durkin responded:
It is clear that Chairman Welch is not well-versed on the proceedings of an investigatory committee, as he needed a phone call and two letters from U.S. Attorney (John) Lausch after repeatedly misinterpreting his guidance. Furthermore, Rep. (Natalie) Manley (D-Joliet) was already allowed to question me on the veracity of the petition and the charges in the previous committee hearing. Under my rights as not only the petitioner but also as a member of the General Assembly, I will be making an opening statement tomorrow and questioning the confirmed witness, Commonwealth Edison, on the admitted facts laid out in the petition against Michael J. Madigan. See you there!
Madigan is not charged,
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September 28, 2020 at 04:11PM