An investigation by the Illinois legislative inspector general into allegations of political pressure at Metra found that House Speaker Michael Madigan did not violate the state’s ethics act, Madigan’s office said today.
Heather Wier Vaught, the ethics officer for the House Democratic Caucus, said she received word that Legislative Inspector General Tom Homer found no violation of any law and has concluded his investigation. […]
Madigan spokesman Steve Brown said the speaker asked Homer to look into the matter over the summer and participated in Homer’s inquiry.
“The conclusion was there was no wrongdoing” by “everybody who looked at the facts,” Brown said.
* But Tom Homer sent a statement to reporters which included these remarks…
A decision to close an investigation based on insufficient evidence does not constitute a good housekeeping seal of approval or a best practices award.
Moreover, closure does not bar the Inspector General from resuming the investigation if circumstances warrant.