Rep. Emanuel 'Chris' Welch Emerges As Frontrunner To Replace Speaker Michael MadiganWelch joined the race for Speaker on Monday after Madigan suspended his own campaign and challenged the House Democratic Caucus to "work to find someone, other than me, to get 60 votes for Speaker.”
Madigan: 'I Have Suspended My Campaign For Speaker'“This is not a withdrawal. I have suspended my campaign for Speaker. As I have said many times in the past, I have always put the best interest of the House Democratic Caucus and our members first," Madigan said.
Rep. Ann Williams To Run For Illinois House Speaker; Third Democrat To Challenge Embattled Mike MadiganNeither Madigan nor any of his challengers currently have the votes to win the speaker's gavel after the new Illinois General Assembly is sworn in next week.
Illinois House Committee Ends Investigation Of Speaker Michael Madigan, Finds No Misconduct In ComEd CaseHouse Republican Leader Jim Durkin last summer filed documents seeking a charge of conduct unbecoming a legislator against Madigan after federal prosecutors implicated the longtime leader in a bribery scheme involving ComEd.
Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Endorses Michael Madigan For Speaker, Making No Mention Of ComEd Bribery Scandal"We believe our caucus is in a more advantageous position under the leadership of Speaker Madigan to deliver on our priorities," the Legislative Black Caucus said in a statement.
Former Illinois State Sen. Martin Sandoval, Caught In Federal Corruption Probe, Dies Of COVID-19Attorney Dylan Smith confirmed Sandoval's death based on his conversations with Sandoval’s family.
Lightfoot Suggests Madigan's Time As Speaker Is Near An End, But Stops Short Of Calling For Him To Resign"Our democracy depends upon the people believing in leadership, the people believing that the leaders stand for them," Lightfoot said.
Longtime Madigan Ally, 3 Others Plead Not Guilty In ComEd Bribery CaseLobbyist Michael McClain, former ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore, former ComEd vice president John Hooker, and former ComEd consultant Jay Doherty made their first court appearance by video Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber.
Defiant Madigan Plans To Run For Speaker Again, Claiming 'Significant' Support, Despite Increasing Calls To ResignAt least 18 House Democrats have said they won't back another term for Madigan when the new Illinois General Assembly is sworn in after the new year.
Pritzker Calls On Madigan To 'Answer Every Last Question' About ComEd Bribery Scandal After New Indictments Tied To SpeakerIn the wake of a fresh round of indictments in the ComEd bribery scandal linked to Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, Gov. JB Pritzker on Thursday repeated his demand that Madigan come forward to answer questions about the case, or step aside from his leadership position.
4 Former ComEd Executives, Lobbyists Indicted In Bribery Scandal; Accused Of Trying To Curry House Speaker Michael Madigan's FavorA grand jury returned an indictment Wednesday against four former Commonwealth Edison executives and consultants, who are accused of conspiring to curry favor from Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan in advancing legislation benefiting the utility.
Illinois General Assembly Cancels Veto Session Over COVID-19 ConcernsAmid a resurgence of the pandemic that has seen Illinois set new daily COVID-19 case records several times in the past few weeks, state lawmakers have canceled plans for the upcoming veto session before and after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Pritzker Says Madigan Should Leave As Head Of Illinois Democratic PartyPritzker said he agrees with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin that Republicans were able to use the controversies recently swirling around Madigan to their advantage on Election Day
Committee Investigating Speaker Madigan's Ties To ComEd Bribery Scandal Won't Meet Again Until After Election“The committee will meet again in person on November 5 in Springfield – without the backdrop of a political campaign," said Rep. Emanuel "Chris" Welch (D-Hillside).
State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit To Challenge Michael Madigan For Illinois House SpeakerKifowit was one of the first Democrats in the Illinois House to demand Madigan resign as speaker, after he was implicated in the ComEd bribery scandal.