Start of the Collapse of Illinois Corruption (Shorewood, IL) — State Representative Thomas McCullagh offers strong words regarding Madigan’s indictment.
The former House Speaker and Chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party was indicted and charged with 22 counts of “racketeering, conspiracy, bribery, wire fraud, and extortion offenses.” The 106 page indictment was officially announced at the Dirksen Federal building during a joint press conference by the FBI and the IRS.
This follows a years-long investigation into Madigan and his “criminal enterprise” as defined in the indictment where many of his Democratic Party “political workers, allies, and associates” have been using “public positions for unlawful gain”.
Democrat State Reps Also to Blame for Abuse of Power
McCullagh is quoted as saying “Many Democrats within the state legislature in Springfield, specifically the State Representatives who continually voted for Madigan to serve as Speaker of the House, are also to blame for allowing him to abuse his position to take advantage of Illinois residents.” McCullagh added “They had their chance to rectify their mistake through an independent investigation into Madigan’s abuse of power but new House Speaker Chris Welch squashed that investigation.”
“Democratic Party politicians in Illinois have been using Madigan money to keep themselves in office for decades, money that we now know was extorted through businesses and Illinois tax payers. For this reason, they cannot be trusted to bring the change that needs to happen in Springfield.” McCullagh stated.
Rooting Out Corruption a Top Priority
McCullagh explained “It is one of my top priorities to root out corruption and usher in a new way of politics in Illinois that respects the people and listens to them. The old way of playing empire using tax-payer money and to further personal interests of politicians needs to end. It is hurting us and our families and has been for a long time.”
“Corruption is a slow poison, it will kill our state and hurt the lives of all Illinois families if we don’t cure ourselves of it.” McCullagh concluded.
Start of the Collapse of Illinois Corruption