CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- State Representative Mike Madigan is being challenged as Illinois House Speaker by a west suburban state representative who said she has had enough of the corruption and scandals in Illinois.
"We need to move forward. Illinois needs a new day and we need a new speaker," said Illinois State Representative Stephanie Kifowit (84th District), who represents people in Aurora, Oswego, Montgomery and Naperville.
Incumbent Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, 78, has been Illinois House Speaker for 35 of the last 37 years, starting in 1983.
Kifowit had called on Madigan to resign over the summer after he was named as Public Official A in a federal corruption investigation. Madigan has not been charged with any crimes.
"He has compromised the integrity of the Speaker’s office and undermined the public trust," she said.
Kifowit said Madigan has ignored her, and that as a U.S. Marine veteran, she felt she needed to stand up. She said Madigan’s style is one of intimidation and manipulation and promises she’d work with fellow lawmakers.
"I’m tired of issues in the Illinois House being ignored. I’m tired of them being compromised. I’m tired of the scandals. I’m tired of the corruption and I cannot live with myself if I do nothing."
The 49-year-old west suburban lawmaker is talking to other state lawmakers in the hopes of generating support to beat the 78-year-old house speaker.
"I have seen many good pieces of legislation, many good people that want to vote for that legislation, representatives get bullied and coerced into voting ‘no’, when in their hearts they want to vote ‘yes’", Kifowit said.
WBBM Newsradio is attempting to get a response from Speaker Madigan.