Gov. Pritzker says Speaker should quit if he wont answer questions about bribery investigation

Gov. Pritzker. (Photo courtesy: WJBC/File)

By Dave Dahl

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker says House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) faces a reckoning.

The governor says the actions outlined in Wednesday’s Com Ed bribery indictments are “unspeakably wrong,” and that the  – while unindicted and saying he’s innocent – the speaker should face the music.

“If Speaker Madigan wants to continue in a position of enormous public trust with such a serious ethical cloud hanging over his head, then he has to at the very least be willing to stand in front of the press and the people and answer every last question to their satisfaction. Written statements and dodged investigatory hearings are not going to cut it.

“If the speaker cannot commit to that level of transparency, then the time has come for him to resign as speaker.”

The new General Assembly convenes in January, when members will choose their leaders, and Pritzker said the 118 members of the House should choose carefully.

Before taking questions about Madigan or any other topic, Pritzker gave a three-minute speech about Madigan during his Thursday coronavirus briefing.

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