Jim Oberweis calls for Rep. Underwood to cut ties with fund connected to Speaker Madigan

July 17, 2020
For Immediate Release

Sugar Grove, IL – In light of recent news report revealing that House Speaker Michael Madigan is “Public Official A” in the federal bribery investigation of ComEd, Jim Oberweis is calling on Lauren Underwood to cut ties with funds controlled by Speaker Madigan.

The Lauren Underwood Victory Fund is a joint fund-raising committee connected to the Democrat Party of Illinois, which is controlled by House Speaker Michael Madigan. Oberweis is calling on Underwood to cut ties with the Speaker by ending her joint fundraising efforts with organizations he controls.

“It is time for Underwood to stop partnering with Speaker Madigan to raise money for her campaign,” Oberweis said. “The people of the 14th District deserve better. I urge Underwood to do the right thing and end her partnership with the Speaker. Unfortunately, I suspect all we will get from Rep. Underwood is more silence.”

Underwood has a long history of silence when it comes to Speaker Madigan. She walked away from a question on leaked emails from one of Madigan’s top confidants’ suggesting a rape had been covered up. Instead of answering the question, Underwood walked away in silence. (

“Either she is blind to the cloud of corruption surrounding the Speaker or she is willfully choosing to ignore the truth,” Oberweis said. “Either way, her silence is unacceptable. It is time for Democrat officials at all levels of government to demand new leadership. Michael Madigan is the head of her party. Why is she content to allow a corrupt politician like Speaker Madigan to continue to lead her party? The people of the 14th District deserve answers.”

Attached is a PDF Statement of Organization for the Lauren Underwood Victory Fund showing the connection to the Democrat Party of Illinois. To learn more about Jim Oberweis, log onto

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