Wheeler Says House Rules Show Madigan’s Lack of Interest in Democracy

Today, State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) voted against rules of procedure for the House of Representatives that give near complete control of the legislative process to House Speaker Mike Madigan.

“Today, Speaker Madigan once again showed just how much power he has over his party, Illinois and his lack of interest in democracy,” said Wheeler. “When legislative rules of procedure give sole authority to one person to decide what legislation will be called and when subject matter committees are even allowed to meet instead of its members, the democratic process is left behind.”

Wheeler concluded, “As one of my Republican colleagues said on the floor before the vote, ‘just because it can be done, doesn’t mean it should be done.’ I wish more members of the majority party had taken these words to heart and stood by their previous statements to change the way the House operates.”

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