CHICAGO – The Illinois State Board of Elections’ website reports that Service Employees International Union (SEIU) gave the Friends of Michael J. Madigan political committee $100,000 in contributions TODAY – Thursday, August 23.
SEIU has already given political committees controlled by Illinois House Speaker/Illinois Democratic Party Chairman/Father of the Illinois Attorney General Mike Madigan and State Senate President John Cullerton $242,000 in the days leading up to an Illinois General Assembly Special Session on Pension Reform - leading to calls by the Illinois Republican Party for a federal investigation of the timing of such donations.
“Mike Madigan has doubled down on pension reform – and sadly Illinois taxpayers are the losers,” said Brady. “Today’s disclosure prove Mike Madigan has no shame and, despite his rhetoric, no interest in fiscal reform.”
Board of Elections records previously show that on Aug. 17 – the same day as the Special Session – Service Employee International Unions (SEIU) gave $47,000 and another $50,000 to the Democratic Majority (a committee chaired by Madigan to elect Democratic State House members); on Aug. 13 it contributed $50,000 to Cullerton; on Aug. 10, $45,000 to the Senate Democratic Victory Fund, and on Aug. 6, $50,000 to the Democratic Party of Illinois (chaired by Madigan).