PLAINFIELD—Today the House Special Investigating Committee abruptly adjourned, ending their probe into House Speaker Mike Madigan’s involvement in the ComEd bribery scandal. After three meetings, the Democrat led committee failed to issue subpoenas to hear testimony from Madigan or other key witnesses, rejecting the claim that Madigan had committed any wrongdoing or conduct unbecoming of a legislator.
After hearing the committee’s decision, State Representative Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) released the following statement:
“The Special Investigating Committee concluded their investigation into House Speaker Mike Madigan without ever actually questioning him. It was a sham proceeding, and a complete disservice to the people of Illinois. The Democrat led majority has continually refused to clean up corruption in Springfield and today’s decision is a prime example: they had an opportunity to do the right thing, but chose to side with Mike Madigan and his corrupt politics.
We must do better, which is why I recently proposed recall legislation. These proposals are tools for the people of Illinois to utilize, to ensure their lawmakers are upheld to the highest standard—which by today’s ruling is now more vital than ever. We cannot just sit down and accept today’s decision by the SIC. It is simply unacceptable. The people of Illinois deserve better and this is the best next step to help empower them to achieve that.”
Rep. Batinick’s three legislative proposals were revealed at a press conference last week, and are still in the process of being filed. More information on them can be found here.