It was recently revealed that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is hosting a minimum $1,000 per plate fundraiser for long-time supporter Representative Linda Chapa LaVia. The August 19th fundraiser comes on the heels of another fundraiser held for Chapa LaVia by Illinois House Majority Leader and Madigan loyalist Barbara Flynn Currie. By law, the Aurora Mayoral Race is intended to be a non-partisan election, but given Madigan's financial support of Chapa LaVia, we are concerned that Madigan is attempting to buy the local Mayoral election.
As the other declared candidates in this race, we do not agree on everything, but we do agree that this blatant attempt by Speaker Madigan to buy control of the next Aurora Mayor cannot go unchallenged—so we are calling on other concerned citizens to sign the petition to call for Speaker Madigan to stop trying to buy local mayoral races.
We have no doubt that the politicians in Springfield and its special interest groups will pour money into any candidate they believe will do their bidding—as State Rep. Chapa LaVia has done for Madigan for the past 14 years. In the wake of Aurora being named one of the Top 20 Best Run Cities in the Nation, the voters of Aurora deserve to know that the flyer that will come to their door in the coming months from Linda's campaign has been paid for by the same politicians that have plunged our state into debt and dysfunction.