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Kifowit running for Illinois House Speaker against longtime speaker Madigan

SPRINGFIELD – A Kendall County area Illinois state representative has announced her candidacy for Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives against Mike Madigan.

Illinois State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, announced she is running for the Democratic nomination for the seat on Thursday, Oct. 1 after a July deferred prosecution agreement for ComEd revealed Madigan as “Public Official A.”

An investigation uncovered that ComEd took favorable legislation in exchange for jobs and contracts for associates of the “high-level elected official” later identified as Madigan.

Kifowit’s announcement comes after she demanded Madigan “do the right thing” and immediately step down from his leadership position amid a federal investigation into a bribery scheme involving ComEd, in which Madigan has been implicated.

Kifowit said during her Thursday announcement she called for Madigan to step down because felt that he compromised the integrity of the office and undermined public trust.

“And, to me, that’s just not acceptable,” Kifowit said.

Kifowit is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a former substitute teacher for East Aurora School District 131. She also previously held a seat as an Aurora alderwoman.

Record Newspapers reached out to Kifowit for additional comment late Thursday morning.

Madigan was first elected speaker on Jan. 12, 1983. He currently is the longest serving leader of a state or federal legislative body in U.S. history.

• This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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