The political action committees under Michael Madigan’s control have roughly $22 million in the bank.
Teacher union contributions are among the receipts.
As recently as July the Chicago Teachers Union gave a Madigan-controlled political action committee a check for $10,000.
This is just one deposit. The total over time to Madigan from the state’s teacher unions is in the millions of dollars.
Last summer it came out that the Friends of Michael Madigan political action committee had spent nearly a million dollars for lawyers and a settlement resulting from sexual harassment charges by political consultant Alaina Hampton against associates of The Speaker.
Teacher union contributions helped pay those bills.
I told him that I couldn’t think of a single thing he (Madigan) had accomplished of any significance. Nothing I would identify with him. No monument to his efforts. What had he done? What was he proudest of?
He did not get angry. He paused and seemed to ponder his response.
He told me there were two things he was proudest of and mattered to him the most. Democratic control of the Illinois House of Representatives and his daughter’s political career.
Madigan’s name was all but spelled out by the feds in the recent scandal over ComEd.
But still the teacher union dollars flow into his bank account.
Our teacher unions have refused to join in the demand that Madigan resign even though over his 30 years as Speaker he has been no friend of teachers or public schools.
Among teacher union retirees we still remember Madigan’s assault on our retirement savings. Only the historic ruling by the Illinois Supreme Court saved us.
As I say, teacher union support for Madigan continues no matter what.
It’s a puzzle.