Illinois Republicans seek investigative panel on speaker

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In this July 26, 2017, file photo, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, speaks at a news conference at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. (Justin Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois House Republicans have moved to form a special investigative committee on Speaker Michael Madigan, who has been implicated in a federal bribery investigation.

Republicans petitioned to form the committee this week, saying Wednesday that the House must “do its job and conduct a thorough investigation.”

Republicans and some Democrats have called on Madigan to step down after federal prosecutors named him by title in a criminal investigation in which ComEd acknowledges engaging in bribery in the Capitol.

Madigan hasn’t been charged and repeated Wednesday that he hasn’t engaged in wrongdoing and doesn’t plan to quit. 

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