State Senator Apologizes For Punching Incident

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBBM) — One Illinois state senator who allegedly punched another following floor debate has apologized for his actions, but the other senator says this goes deeper than the brief scuffle.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Alex Degman reports, state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) will not be allowed to press charges against fellow Sen. Mike Jacobs (D-East Moline), after their scuffle following heated floor debate on a controversial topic.

Jacobs allegedly punched McCarter in the chest, saying McCarter personally attacked him during debate. The issue before the Senate was the so-called SmartGrid legislation, which would have allowed ComEd and Ameren to raise consumer electricity rates to help pay for a massive grid modernization project. Jacobs was the bill’s Senate sponsor.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Alex Demgan reports

McCarter asked Jacobs why the bill was rushed through committee, with little to no discussion, and later pointed out Jacobs’ father, former state Sen. Denny Jacobs, is a registered ComEd lobbyist.

“It was not a personal attack,” explained McCarter. “This is information that was filed with the state and public knowledge. Why should he have a problem with me simply restating what is public knowledge?”

Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) disagreed. In a written statement admonishing both senators, Cullerton chided McCarter for invoking personalities during debate.

McCarter denies he broke any rules, and says he wanted to press charges with the state’s attorney for specifically this reason: he doesn’t think it will receive fair attention internally.

“For Senator Cullerton to think that this should be dealt with by us just having a gentleman’s agreement, that we were just going to get along in the future… that shows zero leadership on his part,” McCarter said.

Jacobs apologized for his actions in a statement released late Tuesday, six days after the scuffle ensued.

“In hindsight, my actions in engaging Senator McCarter were inappropriate and have resulted in little more than lowering the respectful standards of the Illinois Senate,” Jacobs said in the statement. “This event was, admittedly, an embarrassment to the institution in which I serve. For this, I apologize to each of my Senate colleagues and the people of the 36th Legislative District.”

McCarter says he accepts Jacobs’ apology, but thinks Democratic leadership should pursue an appropriate punishment, such as censure.



  • Mr Voter

    now this is a perfect example of corruption…the victim gats on tv, whining he got punched and was going to press charges, then as mobs of black gang thugs. pwrole the streets, in packs, then out of the clear blue ” i’m sorry” and it’s over ,now that sends a mesage to the thus, and victims….nothing going to hapeen, oh ya sure they will catch a few till its back to the same old chicago way,……He shouls have had to do jail time as elected officials should be held to higer standards and set the example….
    IL………Land of Corruption

  • Christian American

    Improper Vetting of Dem candidates in Illinois has proven to cause great concern in our Nation. Catch up with Mikie Jacobs. For instance, “declined” to provide information on his “religion” when requested by organization gathering candidate’s background. This is no small issue if you think religion of a candidate matters. The one who was puppeted into Illinois Senate and then plopped in DC is the prime example. Make your employee Mikie show and tell what his religion is and why he “declined” to provide that little detail to all well known voter inquiry organizations that asked. Better yet, dump this manipulating jerk who wants to raise taxes on Illinois citizens for electricity, McCarter, why are you being blocked from suing this jerk? Illinois, fire that Chicagoan head of Senate Cullerton who operates like that DOJ gal who clamped cases by her dept. lawyers when perp is black and victim is white, causing JCA to have Hearing before another bunch we must remove. Illinois, defend McCarter and Demand a Hearing. McCarter joins the Americans who speak truth to power like J. Christian Adams. We are ready for Americans to take Constitutional stands and form the line. We are definitely in an internal war against commies and socialists, and we will fight.

    • saynotofascism

      He doesn’t have to give his religion, are you crazy? People who are unhappy with this have the obvious recourse of NOT VOTING FOR HIM. How dare you claim that people have an obligation to reveal their religion in America!

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