As committee bickers over subpoenas, Madigan faces challenge

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Republican members of a committee investigating influence-peddling at the state Capitol insisted Thursday that subpoenas be issued to reluctant witnesses they want to question, including House Speaker Michael Madigan, the focus of the probe.

The investigating committee’s GOP members said in a teleconference that the panel’s Democratic chairman, Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, is protecting Madigan by delaying the subpoena issue.

Welch said that Republicans are rushing to judgment. The scandal involves an admission by utility giant ComEd that it gave no-work jobs to Madigan allies over 10 years in return for favorable legislation. Madigan has not been charged and denies wrongdoing.