CHICAGO - The Chicago Republican Party gained a victory over the Madigan organization after a Chicago Board of Elections hearing officer granted its motion to subpoena Madigan petition circulators, which means the circulators, including candidate Terrence Goggin himself, will be required to testify under oath about the allegedly fraudulent signatures.
The Chicago GOP had filed a challenge to the petitions of Terrence Goggin, House Speaker Michael Madigan's "Republican" opponent, alleging that a large number of signatures were fraudulent. Nearly every sheet of the petition showed entire families with the same handwriting, indicating that one person fraudulently signed for other members of the household. See an example here.
"Every page of the petition contains fraudulent signatures," said Chris Cleveland, vice chairman of the Chicago GOP. "Madigan's arrogance is astounding."
Goggin is widely understood to be Madigan's handpicked opponent, whose job it is to allow Madigan to win his seat without a serious challenge. Goggin's petitions had been circulated by Madigan's political organization.
To date, none of the circulators have been seen in public and have refused to answer questions. There are no known photographs of Terrence Goggin, despite the fact that he has run against Madigan four times before.
"Our challenge now is to serve papers on the circulators," said Cleveland. "Given their history, we expect the circulators to dodge the process servers for as long as they can. We call on Mike Madigan to tell his circulators to accept service so we can proceed."