Speaker Madigan Defends Office’s Handling of Sexual Misconduct Investigation

Speaker Madigan Defends Office’s Handling of Sexual Misconduct Investigation

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan Tuesday defended his office’s handling of a sexual misconduct investigation into former Democratic State Representative Jack Franks.

Madigan said his actions were designed to protect the welfare and privacy of the victim. Some questioned why the investigation wasn’t made public earlier.

Madigan’s office on Friday revealed Illinois State Police executed a search warrant at his state Capitol offices last Wednesday as part of an investigation into the allegations against Franks. The Chicago Sun-Times learned of the warrant in a Freedom of Information Act request.

The allegations against Franks date back to 2016.

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