* Brett Rowland apparently wants Gov. Pritzker to act more like Gov. Rauner, or Gov. Blagojevich…
Pritzker, of course, can’t get rid of Madigan on his own. The House Speaker is elected by the full House of Representatives, and the representatives are elected by the voters in their respective districts.
But Pritzker has his pulpit. He also has plenty of influence over Democrats in the state.
If Pritzker really wants to clean up the state, the first step will be standing up to the one person who prefers the status quo: Michael Madigan.
Public, frontal attacks almost never work on MJM. They usually end in political disaster.
* Speaking of Pritzker, here’s the Illinois Radio Network…
The Chicago Tribune recently reported several people interviewed by federal investigators were asked about about long-time serving House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, and his political operations. The newspaper also reported emails show a longtime Madigan ally who was a lobbyist for the energy sector arranged questionable payments for a former Madigan aide who was fired amid sexual harassment allegations.
Pritzker was asked Tuesday if he thinks federal investigators are focusing on Madigan.
“I don’t know where those investigations are going,” Pritzker said. “I am very troubled, frankly, by the misdeeds, by the corruption.”
* Shaw Media…
State Rep. Mark Batinick decided to pick a fight with his 2020 Democratic election opponent about whether or not he would support the sitting speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives.
Batinick, R-Plainfield, challenged Harry Benton, a Plainfield village trustee, to say whether he would support Michael Madigan’s speakership, according to a news release. Madigan is the longest serving speaker in the history of the Illinois legislature. […]
While Benton didn’t directly answer Batinick’s question in a statement, he dismissed the tactic as part of his opponent’s “outdated playbook of distraction and partisan spin.”
“My focus will remain on the real issues in this race: protecting our health care, creating new jobs, providing real tax relief for the middle class and truly representing everyone in the 97th (District) in a bipartisan way, instead of pandering with a partisan agenda,” Benton said in the statement.
* Jim Dey…
Consider this recent news story announcing that Madigan had put a serious public-relations problem behind him.
“Lawsuit costs Madigan nearly $900,000”
Actually, it didn’t cost Madigan a dime to settle a sexual-harassment lawsuit a former female campaign operative filed against his political organizations. It cost his many generous donors.
* Hannah Meisel on MJM’s money…
The four political committees controlled by House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) amassed more than $1 million in the last week, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections. The speaker’s personal political committee, Friends of Michael J. Madigan, raked in the most, at nearly $733,000, according to reports filed Thursday. The 13th Ward Democratic Organization received $195,600, according to a Dec. 6 report, and Democratic Majority saw a $99,300 boost, according to a report filed Thursday. The largest cash infusions came from organized labor, including nearly $502,900 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to Friends of Michael J. Madigan.
* ILGOP fundraising email…
For most, December is a time to gather with friends and family and celebrate the spirit of the holiday season.
For Mike Madigan, December is just another month where his cronies in the corrupt Illinois Democratic crime ring dodge federal investigators, coerce community leaders, and advance their self-serving political agendas.
We’ve made some critical updates to our crime tracker and we wanted to make sure you saw them: CHECK OUT OUR UPDATES on DemCorruption.com
But we’re really reaching out to you today, Rich, because December marks the end of the year. As we look to 2020, we’re excited at our plans to shut down this Democrat crime ring and return Republican ideals to our state. With impressive Republican candidates on the ballot next year who will work hard to support the GOP in Illinois as well as important initiatives to stop the corrupt political agenda of Mike Madigan, JB Pritzker and their crime ring, we need to start 2020 off on the right foot.
As you know, we need your help to make it happen. So we’re asking today for an end-of-year donation to the Illinois Republican Party.
With less than a month until New Year’s Eve, can we ask you to help us today with a contribution to the Illinois Republican Party?
Your donation today will help us gear up for the big fight ahead before next November.
We’re looking forward to working with you next year and hope you’ll get actively involved today.
* We’ll end with this press release…
The Arab American Democratic Club (AADC) is proud to announce that it will host Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan at its annual candidate’s brunch which will be held on Feb. 16, 2020 at Niko’s Restaurant in Bridgeview.
Madigan is one of the state’s most successful and powerful Democratic legislators and the architect of the Democratic takeover of the State of Illinois.
Under Madigan’s leadership, the Democratic Party has become stronger and more effective in Illinois, sweeping the statewide elections last year.
“Speaker Madigan is a role model for anyone who supports Democracy and public service to the taxpayers,” said AADC Executive Director Samir Khalil.