BENTON – State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) reacted to the news of guilty verdicts handed down today by a Federal jury in the case of four former Commonwealth Edison executives accused of wrongdoing in a sweeping federal investigation into the corruption of former House Speaker Mike Madigan. Severin issued the following statement.
“Today’s guilty verdicts confirm what I and my House Republican colleagues have been saying for years.
Illinois has a major public corruption problem, and its roots are deep and trace back to former House Speaker Mike Madigan. Madigan was helped along in building a corrupt network by willing accomplices in the House Democratic caucus and in the private sector.
“We have a long way to go to clean up the corrupt mess that exists in Illinois, but today’s guilty verdicts will hopefully be an eye opener and kick start new legislative efforts to reform our ethics laws to stamp out corruption once and for all.”