Madigan fires political consultant after inappropriate texts

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has dismissed a long-time political consultant after an investigation found he sent inappropriate text messages to a colleague. Madigan identified the consultant as Kevin Quinn in a statement Monday.

Madigan attorney Heather Wier Vaught says the woman is a political consultant not employed by Madigan.

Vaught says Quinn texted the woman seeking a date in 2016. There were fewer than a dozen texts but they continued after the woman told Quinn she wasn’t interested. A message left at a telephone number listed to Quinn was not returned. Campaign records show that Madigan-affiliated political committees have paid Quinn $513,000 since 1999.
The woman came forward in November as Madigan was pressing legislation to clearly define sexual harassment as a state ethics-code violation.

Representative Michael J. Madigan (D)
22nd District
Speaker of the House (PHOTO ILGA.GOV)