Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has announced that he'll resign his Illinois House seat at the end of the month.
In a statement issued Thursday, Madigan said that he's at peace with his decision and proud of his accomplishments. Madigan has been a member of the Illinois House for fifty years. He only recently stepped down as House Speaker to make way for Representative Emanuel "Chris" Welch to take over.
In his statement, Madigan touted advancements in workers rights, LGBTQ rights, and education funding.
Madigan wrote that he's been the victim of vicious attacks by people who sought to diminish his achievements in lifting up the working people of Illinois. Despite the attacks, he says he's never wavered in his motivation for holding public office and representing the people of Illinois.
Last summer, Madigan was implicated, but hasn't been charged, in a bribery scheme involving utility giant ComEd. Madigan is said to have traded his extensive influence over legislation in Illinois for favors from ComEd. Madigan has denied wrongdoing. At least four individuals said to be associated with the former Illinois House Speaker have been charged with bribery and some other charges.