Ugaste Statement on ComEd’s Federal Bribery Charges and Speaker Madigan

CHICAGO—State Representative Dan Ugaste (R-Geneva) released the following statement in response to the federal bribery charges officially filed against ComEd, which implicate House Speaker Mike Madigan in these charges, which is part of the ongoing public corruption investigation:

“Although he has not been charged, it is clear that Speaker Madigan is involved in this federal corruption case involving bribery to affect legislation, which makes it simple: he must step down. While ComEd has taken responsibility for their part in this crime, Speaker Madigan now must answer.

The work doesn’t stop there, we need comprehensive ethics reform, for which I have always been an advocate. I am calling on the Governor to immediately call the General Assembly back to Springfield for a Special Session to deal with ethics reform and any other action necessary to address this investigation and Speaker Madigan’s involvement.  The Democrats had a chance to address this much needed ethics legislation at our Special Session in May, but chose not to do so.

According to today’s press conference by the U.S. Attorney’s office, this investigation is ongoing.  There is more corruption to be uncovered in Illinois.  By adopting ethics reform, we can put the systematic checks in place to prevent any further harm to our state and Illinoisans who deserve better.”

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