Two former Illinois governors who served time in federal prison have some unsolicited advice for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Former Gov. George Ryan, who served prison time for federal corruption charges, was the Speaker of the House before Madigan was elected speaker in 1983.
“I always got along with Mike and we worked together pretty much to get things done for the state and we worked together when I was speaker and when I was governor,” Ryan said in an interview. “Mike’s got his hands full, I think.”
Ryan, a Republican, is doing interviews promoting his book, “Until I Could Be Sure,” which focuses on his steps to stop the death penalty in Illinois in 1999 before being convicted and sentenced to prison for corruption in 2006.
The 86-year-old Ryan had a message for the 78-year-old Madigan about being in the scope of federal investigators.
“You know when the FBI puts their ‘x’ on you that they’re going to prosecute you, they’re only about 92 percent effective,” Ryan said. “They’re probably the most effective agency in government.”
“That’s always the best advice, be open and above board about everything,” Ryan said.
In late July on his podcast for WLS radio, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Madigan should be honest.
“If you’re not going to fight back and deny this stuff and tell the people who look to you as a major public official that not only did you not doing anything wrong but ‘I’m going to take the questions and answer specific allegations and I’ve got nothing to hide,’ unless you do that then you’re telling me you’re guilty,” Blagojevich said.
Blagojevich, a Democrat who calls himself a “Trumpocrat,” maintains his innocence of federal corruption charges despite serving years in prison, only to have his sentence commuted by President Donald Trump earlier this year.
The Speaker needs to come clean with the people of Illinois, Blagojevich said.
“We don’t have a government of the people, by the people and for the people,” Blagojevich said. “It is instead government of Mike Madigan, by Mike Madigan and for Mike Madigan.”
Madigan Friday declined to voluntarily testify in front of a House committee. Tuesday’s House hearing in Springfield won’t have any witnesses, according to chairman state Rep. Chris Welch, D-Hillside. It’s unclear if the committee will move to subpoena Madigan to testify, Madigan said Friday that he won’t appear before the committee.
Tags: States, News, Illinois, Death Penalty, Rod Blagojevich
Original Author: Greg Bishop, The Center Square
Original Location: Two former Illinois governors, now out of prison, have advice for House Speaker Michael Madigan