Found on Capitol Fax from a JB Pritzker press conference yesterday:
Well, let me begin by saying that we, there is genuinely a problem that needs to be addressed with ethics legislation in the state, no doubt about it and I’ve been very clear about the many pieces of that legislation that I will be okay.
I put those out months ago in fact you’ve seen for example the this revolving door where people are in the legislature one day, and they flip around and become a lobbyist or a consultant the next day for Commonwealth Edison or somebody else. So we need to move on ethics legislation no doubt about it.
In addition to that, I would say, I am concerned overall, there has been a history in Illinois among Republicans and among Democrats of corruption.
To address this. There’s just no doubt I think there’s cynicism that abounds among voters and rightfully so when you hear about what Commonwealth Edison did and what anybody that was engaged may have done. So, those are things that I worry about all the time and I will pay very close attention.
I think that it affects the politics.
I think that the swamp in Washington DC that the President has created is another thing that plays a role in the cynicism of people in Illinois.
I think we’ve got to address that one too.
A question from Rich Miller through Mary Ann Ahern:
“Governor, you said in January that when there’s “clear” evidence of targeting by criminal investigators, “that’s the point at which folks should step aside.” Do you not see clear evidence of this with Speaker Madigan? And if not, why not?… “
Well I have been clear that, you know when there is a raid, when there is an indictment, you know I have called for people to step down from their positions, or to resign.
So I have said the same thing. I’ve said that, you know, if you know if these allegations are true, the speaker should, is going to be required to resign, in my view.
By the way, that’s the same thing that the Republican caucus leaders in the General Assembly said when they responded.