Assistant House Minority Leader Keith Wheeler, R-Oswego, issued the following statement after the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois filed bribery charges in federal court against ComEd on Friday implicating House Speaker Michael J. Madigan as “Public Official A” the utility worked to “influence and reward”:
“Today’s announcement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office regarding Speaker Madigan’s role in the federal bribery charges filed against ComEd reveal how deeply rooted corruption continues to persist in Illinois. The corruption disclosed today concerning the largest electric utility in Illinois emphasizes how directly it affects real people. Rising property taxes drive thousands families and jobs out of Illinois every year and our efforts to reform the system have been blocked at every turn by Speaker Madigan because of his ongoing conflict of interest as the partner in a lucrative private law firm that handles property tax appeals for wealthy Chicago developers and other well-connected clients. We must have zero tolerance for public corruption of any kind in the State of Illinois. Speaker Madigan should resign immediately and the General Assembly should reconvene and demand a vote to pass tough ethics reforms that the Governor can sign into law.”
Representative Wheeler serves the 50th District, which includes portions of Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, Campton Hills, Elburn, Montgomery, Oswego, Plano, St. Charles, Sugar Grove and Yorkville.