Daughter asked to rule on conflict issue

July 25, 2007 at 10:53 AM

CHICAGO, July 25 (UPI) -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has been asked to rule on whether her father -- House Speaker Michael Madigan -- is guilty of a conflict of interest.

The Illinois Property Tax Appeals Board wants a ruling on whether state Rep. Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, has a conflict of interest in a bill pending before the General Assembly.

The board said it wants to know if Madigan's second job as a property-tax appeals lawyer disqualifies him from a leadership role in a debate over a 7 percent annual limit on tax hikes on residential property in Cook County, Ill., Crain's reported Wednesday.

The Illinois Senate is preparing to vote on Michael Madigan's proposal to phase out the 7 percent cap for hundreds for thousands of county residents.

The board's request puts Lisa Madigan in an awkward position. If she rules her father is in a conflict, she ends up publicly chastising him. If she rules he's not, she opens herself to accusations of favoritism, Crain's reported.

Lisa Madigan's office said the board's request remains under review.

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