House Speaker Michael Madigan has written a letter to the Legislative Ethics Commission inviting it to investigate him for seeking a pay raise for a political ally at the Metra rail agency. The commission is already working with the state's inspector general on the possibility of conducting a joint investigation. Madigan has acknowledged recommending a pay raise last year for Patrick Ward, a contributor to campaigns benefiting the speaker. Ward was working as a labor relations specialist for Metra at the time, but later resigned.
Metra's ousted CEO Alex Clifford refused to grant the raise and has said he believes Madigan's actions betrayed ``a moral and ethical flaw.'' Madigan said in Friday's letter he does not believe his actions violated any law or ethical rule. He is pledging to cooperate.
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