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Rezin wants Congress to return ComEd fine to customers

State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris
State Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris

State Sen. Sue Rezin wants Commonwealth Edison’s fine to go back to its customers after the company was charged in a bribery scheme involving Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Rezin, R-Morris, is backing a resolution urging Congress to return ComEd’s $200 million fine to its ratepayers in Illinois through either direct payments or via the Illinois Commerce Commission for distribution to ratepayers, according to a news release.

The utility company is paying the fine as part of a federal investigation into the yearslong scheme in Illinois involving jobs, contracts and payments.

“ComEd’s customers should have a claim to any financial restitution related to wrongdoing,” Rezin said in the release.

The fine will be deposited in the federal treasury, and Congress has the ability to direct where those funds are sent, according to the release.

The longtime leader of the Illinois House of Representatives has come under intense fire for being implicated, but not charged, in the bribery scheme. In Springfield, several Republicans, some Democrats and even Gov. JB Pritzker have said Madigan should resign if the allegations are true.

Madigan has denied any wrongdoing.

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