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*** UPDATED x4 - Latino Caucus responds - HGOPs want Link to step down from Ethics Committee - Read the resignation letter - Madigan: ” These allegations are beyond extraordinary” *** Rep. Arroyo has resigned

Friday, Nov 1, 2019

* I told subscribers to expect this earlier today and the reasons for it…


*** UPDATE 1 *** Press release…

House Speaker Michael J. Madigan released the following statement Friday:

“Representative Arroyo’s resignation shouldn’t distract from the fact that the allegations contained in this criminal complaint go beyond anything that could be considered a lapse of judgment or minor indiscretion. These allegations are beyond extraordinary, which is why it called for the creation of the Special Investigative Committee and possible disciplinary action. While every circumstance will not require this process, the egregiousness of these particular allegations and the evidence demanded that every effort be taken to restore the public’s trust. Although the disciplinary process will no longer proceed, there is still a focus on strengthening our laws to prevent this unacceptable conduct. I look forward to working with the governor and other legislative leaders to look for ways in which we can continue to improve the safeguards we have today.”

*** UPDATE 2 *** Here’s the resignation letter. Click the pic for a better version if need be



Man, is that ever self-serving. I’m betting lots of his colleagues would have loved to vote to expel him as they gear up for reelection.

*** UPDATE 3 *** Press release…

State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) released the following statement in response to the resignation of State Rep. Luis Arroyo:

“The criminal complaint against Rep. Arroyo has shaken any trust the public had left in the General Assembly. In an effort to begin restoring public confidence, Senator Terry Link needs to step down immediately from his position on the Legislative Ethics Commission while this widespread federal investigation continues.”

*** UPDATE 4 *** Press release…

The Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus released the following statement responding to state Rep. Luis Arroyo’s resignation:

“The Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus holds at our core the values of integrity, transparency, and ethics. We condemn any lawmaker who goes against those values and violates the public trust. As a caucus, we’ll continue to champion those values and ensure the necessary changes are implemented to safeguard the legislative process and restore public trust.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

51 Comments
  1. - PublicServant - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 10:34 am:

    Let’s have a sweepstakes to determine his successor. You can’t win, if you don’t play…


  2. - Just Me 2 - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 10:35 am:

    Now he can appoint his son to his place.


  3. - Billy Sunday - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 10:38 am:

    Arroyo: “Maybe now I can return to the city’s Water Dept. or join Gutierrez in Puerto Rico?”


  4. - My button is broke... - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 10:39 am:

    And now he can start collecting his pension. At least until he is convicted of a felony.


  5. - Rich Miller - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 10:39 am:

    ===Now he can appoint his son===

    He doesn’t have the weighted vote to do that. And it would be stupid anyway because imagine running for the House when your name is Luis Arroyo, Jr.


  6. - Raegan - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 10:41 am:

    Shocker…


  7. - Paul Powell's Shoebox - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 11:09 am:

    Beyond extraordinary is how Madigan can make the comments with a straight face


  8. - A guy - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 11:13 am:

    Those “later years” may not be so enjoyable sir.


  9. - Anonymous - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 11:13 am:

    Nice to hear Mike Madigan is working tirelessly to restore trust in Illinois government. How long has it been?

    Perhaps he can move on the good government reforms he has been rejecting for decades


  10. - Donnie Elgin - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 11:14 am:

    He thanked the right guys.


  11. - Just Observing - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 11:15 am:

    I like how he lectures/gives advice to his fellow house members :)


  12. - Been There - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 11:17 am:

    And in the department of things better off left unsaid, thanks for reminding us to look into your member initiatives with even a stronger microscope than we were going to do anyway.


  13. - JS Mill - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 11:17 am:

    =He thanked the right guys.=
    =Nice to hear Mike Madigan is working tirelessly to restore trust in Illinois government. How long has it been?=

    So..the right thing happens and that isn’t good enough? Noted.


  14. - BigLou - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 11:18 am:

    Two things:
    1) “A strong independent voice for his constituents” I think he was a strong dependent voice on how Madigan told him to vote.
    2) Who is he taking aim at regarding his peak effectiveness comment?


  15. - City Zen - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 11:19 am:

    “collegiate atmosphere”
    “august body”

    Such a cringe-worthy resignation letter. Utter embarrassment to be thanked in this testament.


  16. - Billy Sunday - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 11:27 am:

    Who wrote this? Also ‘it’s’ or ‘its’ State Representative…”


  17. - OneMan - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 11:31 am:

    You want Link to step down? He should be able to save the state money by providing recordings of various meetings (suposedly)


  18. - Responsa - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 11:32 am:

    “He gone” but will not be forgotten.


  19. - Salty - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 11:35 am:

    I believe the language referencing the governor and speaker was done for a more nefarious reason.


  20. - Annonin - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 11:35 am:

    Yikes..that Demmer is johny-on-the-spot too bad he missed with Paws, Cyber Attackee and Sauer.


  21. - Perrid - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 11:36 am:

    Sen. Link has denied being CW-1, and we have no official, public statement from the feds saying differently. Unless the Tribune/Sun-Times source can make a public statement to the contrary, taking steps against Link would be inappropriate. I happen to trust both papers, but it’s basically gossip at this point.


  22. - Just Me - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 11:37 am:

    === imagine running for the House when your name is Luis Arroyo, Jr.===

    And your point?


  23. - Donnie Elgin - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 11:37 am:

    “Legislative Ethics Commission”

    Based on the number of GA members under a cloud of scandal/investigations, I would say that Link has had a huge influence on the commission.


  24. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 11:38 am:

    === “The criminal complaint against Rep. Arroyo has shaken any trust the public had left in the General Assembly.“===

    I expect Mr. Demmer to resign immediately.

    The trust in the General Assembly should begin with ALL members leaving the body to gain the public’s trust

    Mr. Demmer probably though this out in between cocktails at the cocktail parties he goes to but pretends he doesn’t.

    Mr. Demmer is the wrong person to lead any resurgence in the party or the GOP GA.

    Lunacy like that line is example 4,295


  25. - Michelle Flaherty - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 11:45 am:

    I had to look up who Tom Demmer is.

    The Director of Strategic Planning at KSB Hospital, which does business with the state, serves on committees handling Health Care Availability & Access; Medicaid and managed care; a subcommittee on health care facilities; and the budget committee for human services.

    Suddenly I have questions.


  26. - Publius - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 11:47 am:

    State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon)
    How appropriate that a gop member is attacking the unconfirmed whisteblower


  27. - Nick Name - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 11:53 am:

    Dear lord, right in the first paragraph. *facepalm*

    Dear (soon to be not) Rep. Arroyo: “it’s” is a contraction; “its” is a possessive. You’re welcome.


  28. - Nagidam - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 11:59 am:

    ===How appropriate that a gop member is attacking the unconfirmed whistleblower===

    Sen. Link can clear this up at any point. He can ask the Special Agent in charge to declare that he is not the CW1. Sen. Link has not taken any steps to clear his name other than to deny the allegations. My guess is when all this plays out Sen. Link will state he was forbidden from stating anything as part of his agreement with the FBI.


  29. - City Zen - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 12:05 pm:

    ==“it’s” is a contraction; “its” is a possessive.==

    Maybe not a “collegiate atmosphere” after all.


  30. - Juvenal - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 12:14 pm:

    It seems strange that the GOP would want someone removed from the Ethics Committee because they are allegedly helping the FBI.


  31. - Bluto - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 12:17 pm:

    I kinda like the collegiate atmosphere line. Think Animal House.


  32. - Lester Holt’s Mustache - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 12:29 pm:

    == Sen. Link has not taken any steps to clear his name other than to deny the allegations.==

    I know, right? Link must be crazy to think that republicans would avoid the hypocrisy of holding a mere state senator to a higher standard than they do their president. Expecting consistency on principles from conservatives, lol. What a maroon Link is. Next thing you know Link will start using terms like “fake news” and “corrupt media”


  33. - Just Me 2 - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 12:33 pm:

    Has anyone calculated what his pension is starting in a few weeks?


  34. - anon2 - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 12:37 pm:

    == My guess is when all this plays out Sen. Link will state he was forbidden from stating anything as part of his agreement with the FBI.==
    The FBI didn’t require him to lie, did it?
    He could have said “no comment” without violating either the FBI rule or lying


  35. - Nagidam - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 12:51 pm:

    @Lester Holt’s Mustache

    Assuming Sen. Link is CW1 as reported, he started cooperating in 2016. We do not know why he started cooperating. I doubt it was out of the goodness of his heart because he saw bad things happening in government. Plus, the documents indicate he was admonished by authorities for bad behavior of some unknown type. He at some point was “Fired” as a cooperating witness because he filed false tax returns. We don’t know as of yet why he filed false tax returns. That typically means you are hiding income. What is that income? Time will tell. Sen Link is on the Legislative Ethics Commission. I think it is appropriate for a Democratic or Republican legislator to call for Sen. Link to step down.

    You can use President Trump as a Red Herring all you want. It does not change the fact that a sitting member of an Ethics Commission has a cloud of uncertainty hanging over their head and this person has not taken steps to remove this uncertainty. From a governmental standpoint what happens to any potential cases before the ethics commission that potentially get a ruling with Sen. Link still a member if he ends up being CW1? Food for thought.


  36. - thechampaignlife - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 12:57 pm:

    ===there is still a focus on strengthening our laws to prevent this unacceptable conduct===

    So a law to stop people from breaking the law? I have full confidence in the success of that effort. /s


  37. - Squround - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 1:01 pm:

    If I said you had an august body, would you hold it against me?


  38. - Amalia - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 1:18 pm:

    collegiate atmosphere. that’s one way of describing what some have called the den of iniquity.


  39. - NW Suburban Believer - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 1:33 pm:

    Hey Hey…hold it fellas. Why should Senator Link resign? He hasn’t been found guilty of a felony or even charged, or indicted. At most, he turned in someone who probably was attempting to bribe him. He denies he is the CW here. Be even if he is the CW, is it unethical to turn in someone who is attempting to bribe? Where are we going with this?


  40. - Anonable - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 1:53 pm:

    Link is not the CW just like OJ is still searching for Nicole’s killer.


  41. - Chicagonk - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 1:54 pm:

    Cooperating witnesses aren’t whistleblowers if they are cooperating to avoid charges.


  42. - NorthsideNoMore - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 2:04 pm:

    If TL is not the CW he might.have to file agaist the newsies that reported that he is the CW…. at some point does that CW get named ?


  43. - bfieldgrammargirl - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 2:27 pm:

    It is not just the its/it’s thing… In doing so I took great pride in being a strong independent voice *from* my constituents…


  44. - TGIF...nope - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 2:36 pm:

    Friday, 10/25: Rep. Arroyo is arrested by the FBI.

    Friday, 11/1: Rep. Arroyo resigns from the GA.

    Fridays just ain’t your day, Luis.


  45. - Joe Bidenopolous - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 2:49 pm:

    ===Has anyone calculated what his pension is starting in a few weeks?===

    It’s the max, same as it is today - he already has his 20 years in.

    ==If TL is not the CW he might.have to file agaist the newsies that reported that he is==

    Tough row to hoe there. As a public figure, Link would have to prove malice so he’d likely lose


  46. - ETown60120 - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 3:19 pm:

    “August body” I like my summer body better.


  47. - Flat Bed Ford - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 3:27 pm:

    Was the first draft of this letter written in crayon?


  48. - Rich Miller - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 3:31 pm:

    === first draft===

    My bet is this was the first draft.


  49. - Sue - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 3:32 pm:

    Not excusing what CW1 did in terms of his personal tax obligation but there is a world of difference between not fully paying ones taxes and engaging in bribery as a public official to pass legislation on behalf of a lobbying client. CW1 May never be charged or he might be charged with a misdemeanor. Virtually every tax violation can be charged either as a felony or a misdemeanor


  50. - Father Ted - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 3:48 pm:

    Ouch. I will have to save this letter to share with colleagues as an example of why it’s important to write using plain but professional language. If you have to put effort into sounding smart, you probably won’t succeed.


  51. - Billy Sunday - Friday, Nov 1, 19 @ 3:51 pm:

    Still on the ILGA website..as a member..,tick tock….tick tock..


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