McDermed slams postponement of Illinois legislative veto session

State Rep. Margo McDermed criticized the decision to delay the state legislature's fall veto session amid the latest surge of novel coronavirus infections.

Legislative leaders announced the postponement of the veto session this week and cited the rise in new cases.

McDermed, R-Mokena, used the announcement to attack Democrats Gov. JB Pritzker and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan in a statement.

"If the Governor can be amongst crowds in the streets, then the General Assembly can be in Springfield," McDermed said in the release. "The Speaker is afraid of getting his members together in one place where they can discuss a much needed change in leadership."

She also used the opportunity to take what appears to be a parting shot at Madigan's influence in Springfield. McDermed did not run for reelection this year.

"When House Republicans speak about one person holding too much power, this is exactly what we mean," she said in the statement. "The people of Illinois need leadership from the General Assembly on the issues of COVID-19, unemployment, public safety, inequality, and more. They’re demanding it. However, because one man says so, the General Assembly will continue to shirk its responsibilities."

McDermed was one of many Republicans who have called on Madigan to resign after being tied to a bribery scheme with the utility company ComEd, though the speaker was not charged and has denied any wrongdoing.

"We should be working," she added in the statement. "Shame on Speaker Madigan."

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz is a reporter for The Herald-News in Joliet. Originally from Romeoville, Ill., he joined The Herald-News in 2017 and mostly covers Will County government, politics, education and more. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree from Northwestern University.