04/14/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Speaker Madigan Blocks GOP Ethics Reform Proposal

House Speaker Michael Madigan swatted down a Republican effort Thursday to uncork stalled ethics legislation that would weaken his grip on power and curtail campaign donations from political parties and other legislative leaders.

For much of a half-hour, Republicans railed at Madigan (D-Chicago), the state Democratic Party chief, for not allowing a hearing on a measure pushed by his counterpart, House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego).

Cross' legislation would ban campaign donations from legislative leaders and parties to their preferred candidates in general elections.

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