Illinois Review –
An hour before Madigan operatives would have been required to testify under oath today, Terrence Goggin, House Speaker Mike Madigan’s “Republican” opponent, withdrew his candidacy.
The Chicago Republican Party had challenged Goggin’s petitions alleging that they contained several fraudulent signatures. Entire households appeared to have the same handwriting.
The Chicago GOP won the right before a Chicago Board of Elections hearing officer to subpoena Goggin circulators and have them testify under oath about the fraud. Goggin attorney Scott Erdman filed a last-minute motion to quash the subpoenas, but the hearing officer denied the motion. This, apparently, was too much for Mike Madigan, who decided to pull his candidate rather than face such scrutiny.