Yesterday, a confidant of House Speaker Michael Madigan and several former ComEd officials were indicted in a corruption scheme to influence the Speaker. State Representative Deanne Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst), a member of the House Special Investigating Committee charged with examining the Speaker’s conduct in this scandal, released the following statement in response:
“It could not be more clear that if the House of Representatives is to re-earn any public’s trust whatsoever, then we need to promptly return to conducting a thorough investigation of the Speaker and his associates inside and outside of government and their collective involvement in this scandal.
If Speaker Madigan is as innocent as he proclaims, he should be eager for us to continue our work and not try to run the clock out on our investigation.
Of course, Speaker Madigan’s defense literally insists that we believe that his closest confidant, without his knowledge, duped the CEO and other members of a multi-billion-dollar conglomerate. While implausible well beyond any reasonable imagination, it is not impossible, but reaching this hard to conceive conclusion could only occur if this committee is allowed to do its work.
This is not a criminal investigating committee, it is a committee to determine whether the Speaker engaged in conduct unbecoming a legislator, of the very legislative body he leads. Determining this is more important than ever as more and more members of his own party call into question his leadership. Stalling only adds more cynicism of the view of our public, of the reputation and lack of faith people have in Illinois’ state government.”