CHICAGO – Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady charged that Illinois House Speaker/Illinois Democratic Party Chairman/Father of the Illinois Attorney General Mike Madigan’s acceptance of $97,000 in campaign contributions from unions on Friday - the same day as the special session of the Illinois General Assembly that was supposedly called to deal with pension reform but ended with no action taken - is a clear sign that, despite Madigan’s rhetoric, he never really intended to implement pension reforms.
“Mike Madigan has been talking a good game about fiscal reform,” said Brady, “but just follow the money to look at who is filling his pot of gold (campaign war chest).”
“Is this a quid pro quo? Connect the dots,” said Brady. “After being a major part of the problem for over 30 years, did anyone really believe that Mike Madigan would get an extreme makeover and actually do something against his labor boss buddies?”
The Illinois State Board of Elections’ campaign disclosure website reports that Democratic Majority, a campaign fund chaired by Madigan to elect Democratic candidates to the Illinois House, received campaign contributions from two chapters of Service Employee International Union (SEIU) totaling $97,000 on Friday, August 17 - the same day as the special session of the Illinois General Assembly that was supposedly called to deal with pension reform but ended with no action taken.