State Representative Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport), one of three petitioners to have filed a Special Investigating Committee Petition to investigate Michael J. Madigan in a process that has been utilized in the past as the first step in removing legislators from the Illinois House, again called for the reconvening of Committee Hearings in light of additional indictments of former Com-Ed Executives and Madigan consigliere, Mike McClain, on Wednesday evening.
“The US Attorney’s Office detailed additional allegations against Speaker Madigan and have reaffirmed he is the target of their investigation. These allegations are extraordinarily troubling,” Representative Chesney stated.
The House Republican members appointed to the Special Investigative Committee, Reps. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon), Deanne Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst) and Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville), held a press conference on November 19, the day after the announced indictments, calling for reconvening the Committee and continuing the House’s investigation toward punitive action against Michael J. Madigan as a member and Speaker of the Illinois House.
“It is clear that Speaker Madigan, through his now-indicted consigliere, Mike McClain, ran an old school multi-million dollar patronage operation through one of the largest power utilities in Illinois. If this, alone, is not conduct unbecoming a member of the Illinois House, I cannot imagine what would raise to that level,” said Chesney.