(The Center Square) – As more and more Illinois House Democrats defect from supporting House Speaker Michael Madigan, Republicans are demanding a vote on a new speaker immediately. Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Thursday if Madigan doesn’t answer questions, he must resign.
Every two years, the Illinois House votes for speaker; 60 votes are needed. Madigan has held that spot for all but two years since 1983. The term is up in January.
Madigan has been implicated in several federal indictments against other people, but hasn’t himself been charged with crime.
“The pay-to-play quid pro quo situation outlined in these indictments released last night are unspeakably wrong,” Pritkzer said Thursday. “If Speaker Madigan wants to continue in a position of enormous public trust with a serious ethical cloud hanging over his head then he has to at the very least stand in front of the press and the people and answer every last question to their satisfaction. If the speaker cannot commit to that level of transparency, then the time has come for him to resign as speaker.”