A letter appeared on my computer this morning calling for Democratic state chair and Speaker of the Illinois House to resign.
It was signed by current and former Democratic Party elected officials from across the state.
But what is interesting to me are the names that are absent.
My own state rep, the co-chair of the House’s progressive caucus, Will Guzzardi for instance.
Not on this list.
So here is my Madigan challenge:
If you can’t find the Democratic Party elected official that represents you on this list, give them a call and ask where they stand.
Enough with the shady ComEd deals and protection of sexual predators.
And while you’re at it, ask your union leaders, who still seem to be pouring money into Madigan’s various campaign political action committees. Like the Illinois Federation of Teachers, the Chicago Teachers Union and the Illinois Education Association (I was a member of the IEA for 30 years).
Here’s the letter and the list of those who signed on.
We come from across Illinois; from Bloomington to Rockford and from Carbondale to Chicago. We are or were elected officials, Democratic Party officials, or Democratic candidates. We represent the socioeconomic and geographic diversity that is the true strength of the Democratic Party of Illinois, and today we echo the call for new leadership for our party and for the Illinois House.
We’re each brought to this point by different circumstances, but are united around a simple belief: Illinois Democrats are in dire need of new leadership.
We’re not commenting here on guilt or innocence in the legal sense. This is about the ability to lead our party as we enter the most important election in living memory, and to lead the House as we encounter the most difficult challenges Illinois government has faced in decades.
We survived the Rauner administration, we’re making our way through this pandemic, and our hope for rebuilding this state lies in the Fair Tax amendment and our candidates up and down the ballot. It has become clear due to the ongoing corruption scandal that Michael Madigan’s leadership is threatening Illinois Democrats’ ability to achieve these goals.
Illinois Democrats are strong. We support the brave women in the General Assembly who called for new leadership before we did. We know when this anchor is lifted, our people and our ideas will rebuild our state. We urge Michael Madigan to do right by the people of Illinois and step down from his roles as Speaker and as Chair of the Democratic Party of Illinois.
Florence Appell, DuPage County Precinct Committeeperson
Nathan Arroyave, Winnebago County Democrats Young Dems Chair
Daniel Biss, former State Senator and State Representative
Erica Bray-Parker, Wheaton City Council member and DuPage County Precinct Committeeperson
Muriel Briel, Plainfield Township Democrats Vice Chair and former IL-16 congressional candidate
Jennifer Carrillo, Bloomington City Council Member
Lynn Casey-Maher, Winfield Township Democratic Organization Chair
Sharon Chung, McLean County Board Member
Jody Coss, Stephenson County Precinct Committeeperson and former 17th District State Central Committeewoman candidate
Jeff Crabill, Bloomington City Council Member
Sara Dady, former IL-16 congressional candidate
Julie Emig, Bloomington City Council Member
Michelle Gerritsen, DeKalb County Democrats Treasurer
Aaron Goldstein, former Chicago 33rd Ward Committeeperson and Attorney General candidate
Patrick Gordon, Elgin Township Democrats Secretary
Pamela Gronemeyer, former 13th District State Central Committeewoman candidate
Maria Hadden, 49th Chicago Ward Alder
Joshua Hartke, former Champaign County Board Member
Peter Janko, 14th District State Central Committeeman
Elizabeth Johnston, McLean County Board Member
Chris Kennedy, former candidate for Governor
Ed Klein, Stephenson County Precinct Committeeperson and former 17th District State Central Committeeman candidate
Germaine Light, Vermillion County Democrats Vice Chair and Democratic nominee for Vermillion County Board
Melissa Lindberg, former 5th District State Central Committeewoman candidate
Elizabeth Lindquist, Roscoe Township Trustee, Winnebago County Dems Exec Board Township Rep, Democratic nominee for Winnebago County Board
Neill Mohammad, candidate for DeKalb County Board, former IL-16 congressional candidate
Myrna Molina, Kane County Board Member
Lucy Moog, Chicago 43rd Ward Democratic Committeeperson
Alicia Morales, Joliet Junior College Trustee
Maggie O’Keefe, Chicago 40th Ward Democratic Committeeperson
David Orr, former Cook County Clerk, 49th Ward Chicago Alder, and Chicago Mayor
Ross Outten, former 5th District State Central Committeeman candidate
Peggy Pissarreck, Wheeling Township Democratic Organization Exec Committee
Angela Price, Blackberry Township Democrats Treasurer
Jason Rausch, Plainfield Park District Trustee
Beth Rice, Will County Board Member
Jennica Roennenburg, Stephenson County Precinct Committeeperson
Craig Roman, DeKalb County Board Member
Sheila Simon, former Lieutenant Governor
Logan Smith, McLean County Board Member
Alison Squires, Sugar Grove Township Trustee, Sugar Grove Township Democrats Secretary
Lisa Stich, Stephenson County Precinct Committeeperson
Gary Tomlinson, Election Judge Coordinator, Democratic Party of DuPage County
Marian Tomlinson, Former Chair, Democratic Party of Milton Township
Carl Utt, Stephenson County Precinct Committeeperson
Andre Vasquez, 40th Ward Chicago Alder
Rachel Ventura, Will County Board Member, former IL-11 congressional candidate
Arti Walker-Peddakotla, Oak Park Trustee
Shayna Watchinski, McLean County Board Member
JJ Wett, DeKalb County Democrats Vice Chair
Laurie Wollrab, McLean County Board Member
Maggie Wunderly, former Naperville Township Democrats Chair and 11th District State Central Committeewoman candidate
Walt Zlotow, former Chair, Democratic Party of Milton Township
If you are an Illinois Democratic elected official, Democratic Party official, or Democratic candidate and want to join our call for new leadership for the Illinois House and the Democratic Party of Illinois, please click here to sign on to our statement. We will confirm with you and add you to the list above.