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Keicher, Stoddard issue statements on Madigan Special Investigating Committee

SYCAMORE – State Rep. Jeff Keicher (R-Sycamore) and Paul Stoddard, a Democrat vying for Keicher’s seat representing the 70th District in the state House of Representatives, are weighing in on a committee created to investigate Speaker of the House Michael Madigan amid allegations of his involvement in a ComEd corruption scandal.

In a statement, Keicher said that the facts presented by the federal prosecutor “implicate the Speaker of the House in a corrupt, years-long bribery scheme that indulged the worst impulses of political self-interest and utter lack of accountability.”

“The allegations are incredibly serious and it is our duty to investigate those claims thoroughly to determine the appropriate course of action,” he said. “The formation of the bipartisan Special Investigating Committee is a critical step in the right direction to hold Speaker Madigan accountable and begin to restore public confidence in the integrity of the state legislature.”

Stoddard also issued a statement on the matter, and said since the news first broke of the Commonwealth Edison affair, he’s advocated for a “thorough and transparent investigation” into Madigan’s potential involvement.

“I therefore welcome the creation of the Special Investigating Committee, and trust it will conduct such an investigation,” Stoddard said. “Remembering, however, that we are all presumed innocent until proven guilty, I urge us all to withhold judgment on the speaker until the all the facts are known.”

The statements come amid this week’s announcement that the House will create a Special Investigating Committee to look into the matter, which, pending its findings, could implicate disciplinary action against Madigan, the longest-serving speaker in the country.

Three members of the Illinois House of Representatives filed a petition per House Rule 91, which states “the petition shall contain the alleged charge or charges that, if true, may subject the member named in the petition to disciplinary action by the House and may include any other factual information that supports the charge or charges.”

There are six members in total serving on the Special Investigating Committee. Republican members include GOP Spokesperson Tom Demmer, Deanne Mazzochi and Grant Wehrli. Democratic members include Chairperson Emanuel Chris Welch, Elizabeth Hernandez and Natalie Manley.

If the Special Investigating Committee finds the alleged charges are true, it would move on to the Select Committee on Discipline to determine what, if any, discipline is warranted.

If the Select Committee on Discipline makes a determination that discipline should occur, it would take 71 votes to reprimand or censure Speaker Madigan, and 79 votes to expel Speaker Madigan from the House of Representatives.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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