After ComEd Bribery Accusations Involving Madigan, Republican Leader Durkin Says Ethics Reform Should Happen 'Immediately'

Craig Dellimore
July 18, 2020 - 6:27 pm

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Illinois Republicans are latching onto the bribery charges filed against Commonwealth Edison and saying, “We told you so.”
Earlier this week, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin complained that Speaker Michael Madigan and the Democrats were using the pandemic as an excuse for avoiding calls for the passage of ethic reform. 
Madigan ridiculed the Republicans at the time, saying they should urge President Trump to be ethical.
Now, Durkin said the accused bribing of Madigan and his allies bring the political debate on ethics to a tipping point.
Federal prosecutors said electric utility ComEd has agreed to pay $200 million to resolve a federal criminal investigation into a long-running bribery scheme that implicates Madigan. They say the company has admitted that from 2011 to 2019 it arranged for jobs and vendor subcontracts "for various associates of a high-level elected official for the state of Illinois."
"We are at a tipping point right now and we should go back into session immediately to address ethics reform," Durkin said. "But the House Democrat Caucus needs to make an important decision and they need to make a deep dive into what they stand for, whether or not they want to change their leadership." 
Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Friday that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan "must resign" if allegations of corruption are true against the fellow Democrat long considered the state's most powerful lawmaker.

Madigan has denied wrongdoing through a party spokeswoman, who said he received subpoenas for documents Friday.

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