Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has written a 13-page response refuting a Chicago Tribune series detailing the intersection of his public office and private law practice.
The Chicago Tribune delved into possible conflicts of interest. In some instances, Madigan took action as a public official that appeared to directly benefit clients he represented as attorney.
Madigan declined interviews with the Tribune for the series, which ran in June. In the letter he says he never took inappropriate action or violated laws.
He charges the newspaper with “ample speculation, but few facts.”
A Tribune spokeswoman didn’t immediately have comment.
The response was an open letter to General Assembly members. Madigan spokesman Steve Brown confirms Madigan sent it Wednesday.
The Chicago Democrat has served as speaker almost continuously since 1983. (AP)