(The Center Square) – Despite some members of his own party calling for him to step down from his leadership positions, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, has refused to step down.
Experts in Illinois politics and public corruption said if Madigan were to give up his leadership roles there would be political chaos.
Madigan was implicated three weeks ago in ComEd’s deferred prosecution agreement, which the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois released earlier this month. The utility agreed to pay a $200 million fine for its role in a bribery and patronage scheme designed to curry favor with Madigan allies in exchange for favorable legislation for the Exelon subsidiary. Madigan has denied wrongdoing and has not been charged with a crime.
Some members of Madigan’s own caucus called for the speaker to step down from his leadership positions. He has been Speaker of the House in Illinois for all but two years since 1983. He…