Rep. Spain Responds to Guilty Verdict in Latest Madigan Linked Corruption Trial

Today, a federal jury found Tim Mapes, former chief of staff and top aide to Mike Madigan, guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice. This is the latest episode of the federal government’s wide-ranging investigations into State House corruption linked to the former Speaker and his associates. House Deputy Minority Leader Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) and Assistant Minority Leader Patrick Windhorst (R-Metropolis) held a press conference to respond to the latest verdict and renew their calls for ethics reform in state government.

“It’s getting a little tiring having to respond to yet another corruption trial involving Mike Madigan and his associates while the Democratic Leaders of Illinois government sit by and refuse to take up substantive ethics reform,” said Spain. “On the one hand, it’s a good day that justice has been served, but on the other hand, it’s a sad day because jurors in federal court are again having to clean up the crisis of corruption plaguing the state of Illinois.

“We still have a lot of work to do to root out this culture that has allowed unethical behavior to thrive for so long. I am calling on Governor Pritzker to convene a special session of the legislature dedicated strictly to ethics reform to clean up this crisis of corruption. Now is the time to act!”

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