(WEEK) - Illinois Republicans claim Democrats are out of order with some last-minute spending to boost a state Supreme Court justice's retention campaign .
Some GOP lawmakers, including Congressmen Darin LaHood and Adam Kinzinger, staged a ZOOM news conference to talk about Justice Thomas Kilbride accepting $500,000 from the Democratic Party of Illinois, led by House Speaker Mike Madigan.
GOP leaders said this is Madigan coming to rescue and stepping in to protect Kilbride.
"When the people start to rise up and have their voice heard, and say we deserve better. Mike Madigan jumps in and writes a big check," said Kinzinger.
A spokesperson for Kilbride said the justice has no role in fundraising. All decisions are made by Kilbride's treasurer, and he has no knowledge about donors to his retention committee, the spokesperson said.