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Rep. Windhorst says the ComEd bribery trial verdicts should be a wake-up call

Rep. Patrick Windhorst, R-Metropolis, introduced a resolution to repeal the SAFE-T Act last week, one year after it passed the House. Windhorst is pictured here participating in a virtual news conference about the legislation Thursday.
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Rep. Patrick Windhorst, R-Metropolis, is pictured here participating in a recent virtual news conference.

A southern Illinois lawmaker is stepping up his call for ethics reform in state government after a jury found all 4 defendants guilty on all counts in the ComEd trial surrounding former House Speaker Mike Madigan.

GOP Representative Patrick Windhorst from Metropolis says this should serve as a wake-up call for all Illinoisans, especially democrats who hold a super-majority in both the Illinois House and Senate.

"The time for delay on ethics reform is over. The time to clean up our state government is now. The evidence has shown that the reign of Mike Madigan was an era of no-show jobs, quid pro quos, lobbying contracts in exchange for legislative action and a corrupt pay to play culture."

Windhorst says House republicans have advocated for sweeping corruption by preventing legislators from becoming lobbyists and empowering the legislative inspector general with subpoena powers to conduct thorough corruption investigations.

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