State Rep. Charlie Meier, R-Okawville, is calling for a vote to remove Mike Madigan as Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives.
Two weeks ago, ComEd agreed to pay a $200 million fine for a pay-to-play scheme that allegedly involved Madigan, the state’s top Democrat. Several lawmakers have called for the Speaker’s resignation.
“The level of corruption outlined by the FBI is just the beginning of our understanding of how Mike Madigan’s operation really works,” said Meier in a statement. “Unfortunately, as the days and weeks unfold, we’ll learn that the corruption problem in Illinois has tentacles that reach deep into the corporate and political institutions in our state. It’s time for Mike Madigan to resign and since he won’t, it’s time for lawmakers to return to Springfield and vote to remove him as Speaker of the House.”
Meier (shown) recently co-sponsored HR 855 to remove Madigan as Speaker. As of July 30, Madigan said he will not step down. Meier is urging Gov. Pritzker to call a special session of the General Assembly to address Illinois’ ongoing ethics crisis and to immediately consider legislation he is sponsoring to remove Madigan.
“We’ve got a constant ‘drip, drip, drip’ of corruption related news coming out of Springfield and Chicago,” Meier said. “One way we can turn off the corruption faucet, so to speak, is to get lawmakers back to Springfield to pass a sweeping ethics reform package. My House Republican colleagues and I have introduced more than 30 bills aimed at ending public corruption.”