State Representative David Allen Welter, R-Morris, issued the following statement after the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois announced an indictment of former House Speaker Michael J. Madigan today on federal racketeering charges:
“The indictment of Speaker Madigan is both a testament of faith in our justice system’s ability to hold public officials accountable no matter how powerful they are; and a devastating reminder of how much work we still have to do in order to restore public trust in state government. Meaningful ethics reform with strong accountability, oversight and enforcement provisions needs to be an immediate priority of the General Assembly. If this indictment of Speaker Madigan is not enough to get House Democrats to finally act, then nothing will.”
Representative Welter serves the 75th District, which includes portions of Grundy, Kendall, LaSalle and Will Counties.