Lisa Madigan Speaks on Paycheck Lawsuit Against Father
Updated: Wednesday, August 14 2013, 06:05 PM CDT
We asked Attorney General Lisa Madigan about her office going up against her father, House Speaker Michael Madigan, in a lawsuit.
"They are represented by different counsel," she said. "He has filed in his different capacity. That happens from time to time. We are representing the comptroller. Not a problem."
Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton filed a motion saying Gov. Pat Quinn's action to eliminate legislative salaries is unconstitutional.
Lisa Madigan's office will represent the other side in the case: the comptroller's office. She wouldn't tell us if she thinks Quinn's move is unconstitutional.
Lisa Madigan also made headlines recently when she filed a motion to intervene in support of 25 same-sex couples who have sued for the right to marry in Illinois. Illinois defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
Some say Lisa Madigan is picking and choosing what to get involved with and support. She says these are two different things.
"As the Attorney General, we have the ability to go into court and give them our opinion of the legal landscape," she said. "The legal landscape on gay marriage has been changing over the past several years. In terms of the legislative pay case, state actors have been sued, and so I am representing Judy Baar Topinka in that action."
Lisa Madigan said she, personally, supports gay marriage.
Story by NewsChannel15.