Illinois Speaker Dictates House since 1983
Michael Madigan is a bully and part of the problem
“As speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, Michael Madigan has outlasted five governors and is now on his sixth. This year, the Chicago Democrat will become longest-serving state or federal House speaker in the United States since at least the early 1800s.
The speaker also has stopped the governor’s attempt to impose term limits for legislative leaders and to change how legislative district boundaries are redrawn every 10 years, a process Madigan has used to help elect Democratic allies.”
In January, “Madigan celebrated his tenure by giving each of the members of his Democratic majority a crystal clock that retails for $150. Omitted from the gift list was Scott Drury, the only Democrat who did not vote for Madigan’s reelection as speaker. Instead of a gift, Drury said, he got stripped of his committee leadership position in retaliation for stepping out of the party line.Brown, Madigan’s spokesman, said Drury had become “a difficult person to work with.”