Morrison Statement on ComEd, Illinois General Assembly Corruption Scandal

CHICAGO—In response to today’s federal bribery charges filed against Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd), Illinois’ largest electric utility, State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) released the following statement:

Back in 2017, I worked the House floor feverishly to try to stop this very ComEd/Exelon bailout bill from passing, which has been integral in the federal investigation.  In their press conference today, the U.S. Attorney’s office called this ‘an intentional and premeditated effort to undermine fair trade.’ Not only that, but they let down employees, customers and Illinois residents that expect and deserve better. A portion of those costs are visible on every customer’s ComEd bill.

While ComEd has fessed up to their wrongdoings today, the investigation can’t stop there. According to the Fed’s charge, “Public Official A [the Illinois House Speaker] also exercised substantial influence and control over fellow lawmakers concerning legislation, including legislation affecting ComEd.”

With this and other tainted goings on under the statehouse dome, I stood with a handful of colleagues last year and called for the resignation of the Speaker of the House. Illinois residents and taxpayers have had enough. For years, the current House Speaker has halted the ethics and other policy reforms that have corrupted and virtually bankrupted our state.

We need ethics reform now more than ever. We need the majority party to understand and accept this urgency, and we need Illinois residents to continue to demand it until it happens.”