* From the Tribune’s story on yesterday’s ruling by a federal judge allowing part of a Jaon Gonzalez lawsuit against Speaker Madigan to proceed…
By allowing the suit to move forward, Judge Matthew F. Kennelly cleared the way for Gonzales’ lawyers to seek Madigan’s campaign records, emails and other documents. The longtime House speaker and chairman of the state Democratic Party also could be compelled to sit for a sworn deposition as part of that process, said Tony Peraica, Gonzales’ lawyer.
“We’re gonna check every crevice,” said Peraica, a former Republican member of the Cook County Board who ran for chairman. “It’s going to be wonderful.” […]
Gonzales called it a “critical day” for both him as well as other candidates who are thinking about challenging Madigan’s decadeslong reign as House Speaker.
“I just want to say, it’s time for Mike Madigan to retire,” Gonzales said. “He’s been in office now for 46 years. He’s done so much damage to our state that it’s almost beyond repair, though we still have hope. But he needs to go. I can tell you that someday Mike Madigan will leave Illinois politics, either in handcuffs or a coffin or I will beat him.”
It’ll be interesting to see what happens, however, once Madigan’s attorneys finally get to tell Judge Kennelly that he was operating on at least one mistaken assumption: That Madigan had promised one of those “sham” candidates a job at the attorney general’s office. As we discussed yesterday, that claim appears be false.