State Representative Deanne Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst) was selected by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) to serve on a bipartisan Special Investigative Committee that will look into allegations of corruption against Speaker of the House Michael Madigan.
On July 17th, Illinois utility giant ComEd entered into a deferred prosecution agreement with the US Attorney’s Office of Northern Illinois and agreed to pay a $200 million fine. The agreement laid out a years-long bribery scheme implicating that ComEd gave do-nothing jobs to Speaker Madigan associates in exchange for favorable legislation. Madigan has not been charged and has denied any wrongdoing.
Utilizing House Rule 91, on August 31st, House Republican Leader Durkin filed a petition to form a Special Investigative Committee (SIC). The petition also contains the alleged charges stemming from the ComEd agreement against the Speaker that, if true, may subject him to disciplinary action by the House. If the SIC finds that reasonable grounds exist to authorize the charges then the issue moves to the Select Committee on Discipline to determine if, and how to, to discipline Speaker Madigan. If the Select Committee on Discipline makes a determination that discipline should occur, it would take 71 votes to reprimand or censure Speaker Madigan, and 79 votes to expel Speaker Madigan from the House of Representatives.
Six Illinois House members in total will serve on the committee. Rep. Mazzochi will be joined on the commission by fellow Republican State Representatives Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) and Tom Demmer (R-Dixon). Democrat Representative Emmanuel “Chris” Welch (D-Westchester) will serve as the committee chair, and is joined by fellow Democrats Elizabeth Hernandez (D-Cicero), and Natalie Manley (D-Romeoville).