SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is “suspending” his campaign for retention of the leadership post.
The 78-year-old Chicago Democrat issued a statement Monday that began, “This is not a withdrawal,” but he directed House Democrats to work toward finding a replacement.
Madigan has lost support among House members since he was implicated in a federal bribery investigation involving utility ComEd.
Madigan has not been charged with a crime and has denied wrongdoing. But in a caucus vote Sunday, his support fell short of the 60 votes needed for his retention.