With the announcement of indictments against four ComEd executives and consultants, Dixon State Representative Tom Demmer wants to move forward with the investigation into the alleged involvement of House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Madigan has been implicated in a bribery scheme involving ComEd where he is alleged to traded his influence over the Illinois House for favors from the utility giant.
Tom Demmer sits on the bipartisan committee investigating the Speaker's involvement. The committee was formed over 80 days ago, but has had only two meetings and hasn't done much investigating.
Demmer says Democratic Chairman of the Committee Representative Chris Welch hasn't let the committee do its job.
"If we see time and time again continued obstruction of the special investigative committee's only charge, which is to conduct an investigation into this matter," Demmer said, "the people of Illinois will be failed again."
Demmer says that people in Illinois have lost their trust in government and that conducting the investigation into Speaker Madigan's alleged actions is one way to restore that trust.
"No person, regardless of their position, is above the law," Demmer said.
The committee can recommend discipline against a member of the Illinois House, including their expulsion. Any discipline would still need to voted on by the full House.
The four individuals recently indicted include lobbyist Michael McClain, former ComEd CEO Anne Pramaggiore, ComEd Vice President and lobbyist John Hooker, and consultant Jay Doherty.
The four are charged with bribery conspiracy, bribery, and willfully falsifying ComED books and records.
In July, ComEd agreed to a deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office. The company agreed to pay around $200-million in fines