Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is facing his biggest obstacle yet. Follow along here for news and updates on the Speaker of the House.
The House of Madigan may be close to toppling: As the feds indicted four individuals this week in their ongoing probe into ComEd, it is becoming increasingly apparent that federal prosecutors have Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan in their sights.
Here are the latest updates on the long-serving House Speaker:
- As of Friday, Madigan may not have the votes required to be re-elected speaker. Rachel Hinton reports that multiple House Democrats say they won’t vote for him, leaving him currently five votes shy of the 60 required to be re-elected speaker.
- Gov. J.B. Pritzker seems close to pulling the rug out from under Madigan. In his Thursday press briefing, the governor was less than supportive of the speaker, Rachel Hinton reports.
- Labor leader Bob Reiter stood by Madigan on Thursday. The president of the Chicago Federation of Labor voiced his unwavering support for the embattled speaker. Fran Spielman has the full story.
- ANALYSIS: Despite his current challenges, Speaker Madigan remains uncharged with any crimes, referred to only as “Public Official A” in the latest indictment. Will prosecutors ever charge him? Jon Seidel breaks down the latest charges.