Throughout his latter years in the Illinois House, State Rep. Jack Franks would dance around whether he would support Mike Madigan for House Speaker.
Of course, he always did.
Now McHenry County has County Board member Suzanne Ness, a hard campaigner, taking tens of thousands of dollars from Madigan sources.
Republican incumbent Allen Skillicorn has noticed and offers this press release:
Rep. Allen Skillicorn Calls Out Opponent For Colluding with House Speaker Michael Madigan
Crystal Lake, IL – State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-Crystal Lake) says voters need to be aware that Speaker Michael Madigan is now calling the shots in McHenry County.
Democrat candidate Suzanne Ness raised a grand total of $1,450 last quarter from voters in the 66th District but in the month of January her campaign raked in nearly $47,000 from Speaker Madigan and his cronies.
“Do voters in the 66th District really want a Madigan backed candidate? Do voters really want a candidate whose party leadership covers up rape? Do McHenry and Kane County voters think it’s ok to allow Chicago Deomcrats to represent them in the Illinois House?” Skillicorn asked.
“As more information is coming out about the corruption in Madigan’s inner circle, it is deeply troubling that my Democrat opponent would be so reliant on him to fund her campaign.
“One by one Madigan’s closest allies are coming under federal scrutiny.
“The walls around the Speaker are closing in.
“Voters must not allow Speaker Madigan to pick their Representative.”
More information is being released, but Skillicorn said so far what is known is that Madigan’s:
- Clerk of the House and close ally, Tim Mapes, was sexually harassing women and was forced to step down;
- Key floor leader, Rep. Lou Lang, was also accused of sexually harassing woman and had to resign his post;
- Closest confidant, Mike McClain sent emails about a rape cover up;
- Madigan’s own State Senator, Martin Sandoval, just pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges;
- Ally Marty Quinn resigned for sexually harassing women and then received funds from ComEd which is under investigation.
Skillicorn stated, “It’s time for both his Democrat opponent Suzanne Ness and his Republican opponent Carolyn Schofield to disavow Speaker Madigan.”
“The very first vote we take in the Illinois House is the vote for who will serve as Speaker,” Skillicorn said.
“A big reason why we cannot vote on things like property tax relief or ethics reforms – many of which would have bipartisan support – is because Speaker Madigan has complete control over what bills get voted on.
“The voters need to know who is going to stand up to Madigan’s unchecked power and who is not.
“On December 4, 2019 I called for Speaker Madigan’s resignation on WGN TV.
“Will Schofield and Ness stay silent about the culture of corruption in Springfield or will they join me in standing up for reform?
“Voters deserve to know where they stand.”
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Ness started out 2020 with $2,274.41 in the bank.
The most interesting part of her fourth quarterly report was an in-kind contribution of $200.15 for staff salaries from the Friends of Mike Madigan.
Since January 1st, she has received the following donations large enough to report:
- 1-17 $25,000 from Citizens for Gregory Harris, Chicago
- 1-17 $1,350 from Suzanne Ness (in-kind)
- 1-21 $21,987.39 from Democratic Majority, Springfield
- 1-23 $1,250 from Janice Bosman, Woodstock
Rep. Harris is a top lieutenant of Mike Madigan.
Democratic Majority is contolled by Madigan.