Severin: Madigan Indictment Caps Years of Corruption

 State Rep. Dave Severin offered the following reaction to the announcement by US Attorney John Lausch on the news of former House Speaker Mike Madigan’s indictment on bribery and racketeering charges.

“When I first ran for office, I promised the people of Southern Illinois I would forcefully oppose House Speaker Mike Madigan and call out the corruption that festered under the Capitol dome during his decades-long reign.

Speaker Madigan ran the House of Representatives with an iron fist. It is my hope that Madigan’s indictment on racketeering and bribery charges today will mean the people of the State of Illinois will be able to exact some measure of justice for the culture of corruption he fostered as the most powerful politician in the history of the State of Illinois, and that all those politicians that enabled his reign to continue under a swirling dark cloud would join me in demanding Madigan be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”