Greising: Pritzker’s Move Against Madigan and for Reform. More of That, Please.

Minority Leader Jim Durkin's push to have the House investigate Speaker Michael Madigan's alleged misdeeds prompted Gov. J.B. Pritzker to call on Madigan to testify to the committee. The big question: what happens next?

Gov. J.B. Prizker (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

BGA President David Greising writes every other week for the Chicago Tribune Opinion section.

When Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin began forming a special investigative committee to consider a censure against Speaker Michael Madigan, the speaker dismissed it as “a political stunt” engineered by his Republican opponents.

Stunt it may well be, but Durkin’s push to have the House investigate Madigan’s alleged misdeeds already has had at least one important effect: It prompted Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday to call on Madigan to testify to the committee, despite Madigan’s strident refusal to do just that.

“I strongly believe that the speaker should take any opportunity, and this is one, to present answers to the questions that I think, you know, all of us have,” Pritzker said.

The questions all of us have, including the governor, arise from Madigan’s central appearance in the cooperation agreement Commonwealth Edison signed with U.S. Attorney John Lausch. In it, ComEd admitted it corruptly sought to win Madigan’s support in Springfield by giving lobbying contracts and other benefits to members of Madigan’s political machine.

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