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Will County area state Republicans slam Madigan over allegations

Republicans like State Rep. Margo McDermed, R-Mokena, and State Rep. Mark Batinick, R-Plainfield, have called for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan to resign amid new allegations of corruption.
Republicans like State Rep. Margo McDermed, R-Mokena, and State Rep. Mark Batinick, R-Plainfield, have called for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan to resign amid new allegations of corruption.

Will County area Republican state legislators are renewing their calls for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan to resign after facing allegations of corruption.

Area GOP politicians slammed the longtime speaker as the utility company ComEd admitted to accusations of bribery which implicated Madigan, according to a news release.

State Rep. Mark Batinick, R-Plainfield, echoed his repeated rebukes of Madigan following the announcement of the allegations.

“I was the first elected official to call for the Speaker to resign and that sentiment rings even truer today,” Batinick in the release. “If we are going to truly root out corruption in our system, it starts from the top down."

In a statement, State Rep. Margo McDermed, R-Mokena, listed the names of all of Madigan's Democratic caucus in the Illinois House and asked them a question.

"I am once again calling on Speaker Madigan to resign," McDermed said in the statement. "Will you?"

Batinick and McDermed have been among the most vocal critics of Madigan and called on him to resign last year because of investigations linked to him.

Thomas McCullagh, an Illinois Senate candidate in the 49th District also called on Madigan to resign.

"They have forsaken the good people of Illinois for their own political and personal benefit and have allowed us to be over-taxed, over-burdened, and under-represented," McCullagh said in a statement.

Illinois Republican members of Congress, including U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, also released a statement in response to the allegations. They called the developments in the investigation against Madigan "disturbing."

"We fully support U.S. Attorney John Lausch and other federal officials in their important work to bring those who violate the public’s trust to justice," the members said in their statement. "The people of Illinois deserve better than Illinois Democrats’ embarrassing, systemic corruption.”

Even some Democratic politicians, including Gov. JB Pritzker, said Madigan should resign if the allegations of corruption are true.

Dani Brzozowski, a Democratic candidate for the Illinois 16th Congressional District, also argued Madigan should resign if the allegations were true.

“The people of Illinois deserve better than the corrupt leaders who have violated the trust of the people they are supposed to serve," Brzozowski said in a statement. "From Dan Walker to George Ryan to Rod Blagojevich the terrible, long history of corruption in our state government is shameful and bipartisan."

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