Madigan Spokesman on Speaker’s Exchanges With Media: It’s Intimidation if Reporters ‘Want Them to Be’

Posted on January 12, 2019 1:55 am

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The longtime spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan said Monday that comments the speaker made regarding two capitol reporters could be considered intimidation if the reporters “want them to be.”

At news conferences and other events, Madigan, 72, has demonstrated a running routine of asking which reporter is from the Illinois Policy Institute.

In about a dozen such exchanges, Madigan’s longtime spokesman Steve Brown has pointed to Illinois News Network reporter Greg Bishop. The nonprofit Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity acquired Illinois News Network in October 2017. Before that, the network had been an independent project of the