Most Americans will probably agree that a politician, regardless of party, should resign if they abuse their power. They are elected to office in order to serve the people. Yet all too often, these leaders serve themselves… to wealth, influence, and special treatment.
A leading politician (who happens to be a Democrat) was once called a powerhouse in this blue state’s politics. But the Feds are now closing in. The jig, apparently, is up for this House Speaker—and many are calling for his resignation.
After hearing what he’s done, you might agree:
Longtime Illinois House Speaker and state Democratic Party chairman Michael Madigan is facing calls for his resignation after federal prosecutors implicated him in an alleged bribery scheme, which has resulted in utility company ComEd agreeing to a $200 million fine.
Federal prosecutors said that utility company ComEd admitted to providing jobs or contracts “for various associates of a high-level elected official for the state of Illinois.”
The Feds have hit utility company ComEd with a $200 million fine after they were implicated in a bribery scheme. According to reports, this company was providing jobs or contracts to associates of a “high-level elected” official from the state of Illinois.
Madigan’s name wasn’t mentioned, but the court filing identifies the official as the Illinois House speaker.
Prosecutors say the scheme was to influence the officials work in passing legislation, most likely laws that were favorable to ComEd and its business. In exchange, the company provided jobs and contracts to this official’s allies.
The company agreed to the massive fine in order to avoid prosecution. As the news circulated, calls for the speaker’s resignation grew. But Madigan’s office continues to deny wrongdoing, as you would expect from a career politician.
This isn’t the first time America’s learned about a politician securing special treatment for friends or family. Almost on a regular basis, we hear about politicians funneling money to a spouse’s firm or a politicians’ son landing a nice fat check, as their father negotiates with a foreign country.
This kind of corruption appears commonplace among elected officials. But rarely is anything done about it. Many refuse to resign and expect to be reelected. Often they are because the media doesn’t expose their crimes.
What will come of this case, however, remains to be seen.
- Feds are closing in on Illinois state House Speaker, Michael Madigan.
- The speaker is mentioned in a court ruling over an alleged bribery scheme.
- Utility company ComEd has already been forced to pay a $200 million fine.
Source: Fox News