PLAINFIELD–The US Attorney’s Office has announced charges against four of House Speaker Mike Madigan’s allies, naming lobbyist Michael McClain, ex-ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore, ComEd lobbyist John Hooker, and former City Club President Jay Doherty in a 50-page indictment released late last night.
In response to these federal bribery charges, State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield)—who was the first sitting lawmaker to call for Madigan’s resignation last December—released the following statement:
“Back in 2016, a politically-connected coalition of energy industry players rushed a complicated bill to force electric rate increases throughout Illinois. I was staunchly opposed to this bill, for not due to the enormous scale, but because of the process in which it was passed.
That ComEd bailout bill has remained a key part of this ongoing federal investigation, which today seemingly yielded proof of a complex bribery scheme benefitting Mike Madigan. Over his nearly 50-year reign, Madigan has fed and fostered this culture of corruption; ComEd is just one example.
Mike Madigan’s absolute power in the Illinois House has not benefited our state, but rather hurt our hardworking taxpayers. It is his refusal to allow comprehensive ethics reform or answer to the Special Investigating Committee that makes it clear that Illinoisans deserve better.
I was the first sitting lawmaker to call for Mike Madigan to resign, but after today’s news I will say it again: Mike Madigan must go.”
Representative Batinick has advocated for the ComEd bailout bill to be reconsidered under legislation he filed in 2019, HB3987, which would eliminate the bailout, but still include the green energy subsidies accounted for in the original legislation.