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dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">The House Special Investigating Committee looking into the conduct of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan in a bribery scheme released 100 documents in the case and members of the committee have different takes.
The documents (https://www.thecentersquare.com/illinois/committee-releases-comed-documents-related-to-madigan-schedules-dec-14-hearing/article_fa9c4126-2f62-11eb-a657-534a23e08777.html) pertain to the deferred prosecution agreement utility ComEd entered with federal prosecutors this summer.
Committee chair state Rep. Chris Welch, D-Hillside, said the documents show members of both parties recommended people for jobs with the utility.
Committee minority spokesman state Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, had a different take from his cursory review.
“What sticks out is the number of times quote ‘our friend’ is mentioned having asked for something, responded somehow,” said Demmer, R-Dixon. “So that the Speaker’s letter saying he couldn't answer questions about conversations he wasn’t a part of, these documents show he was part of quite a few conversations.”
“Our friend” is widely believed to be Madigan. He hasn’t been charged with a crime and maintains he’s done nothing wrong.
Welch scheduled the next meeting for Dec. 14. Demmer said Republicans will again demand to subpoena Madigan.
“We made the motion at the last meeting and the chairman refused to allow even a vote on that motion to take place and so we certainly intend to renew the motion and hopefully a vote cna take place in order to conduct a thorough and comprehensive investigation,” Demmer said.
At the last hearing in September, on the same day one former ComEd official charged in the case pleaded guilty, the utility admitted it paid $1.3 million to Madigan associates in an effort to influence the speaker.