SPRINGFIELD (HOI) - House Speaker Michael Madigan is unwilling to relinquish his decades-long dominance of Illinois politics.
"I have no plans to resign," said Madigan in a statement released Thursday night.
Madigan faces an expanding group of lawmakers from his own party calling for him to resign from leadership posts, which include his command of the Illinois House of Representatives and chairmanship of the Illinois Democratic party.
Seven Democratic lawmakers, all women, have called on Madigan to quit since he was implicated in a federal bribery investigation involving the electric utility company ComEd. Republican House Minority Leader Jim Durkin is demanding Madigan's immediate resignation.
In the statement, Madigan acknowledges the last couple of weeks have been difficult for House Democrats and the state party, and he said he's had "many candid conversations" with caucus members.
"The feedback is positive and demonstrates continued support for me and my leadership roles," Madigan said.
"I have never made a legislative decision with improper motives and any claim otherwise is unfounded," said the speaker.
"I will continue to lead the effort to defeat Donald Trump, expand the Illinois congressional delegation and the majorities in the Illinois House and Senate," Madigan added.