Michael Madigan

State Representative Scott Drury says the Democratic Party in Illinois is behind the times and he blames that on House Speaker Michael Madigan, the party chairman.

Drury said legislative leaders like Madigan should be term limited and should not have second jobs.

He compared Madigan to a literary villain Who-Must-Not-Be-Named while speaking - fittingly - at a Chicago Public Library.

“It’s almost as if there is a Voldemort in the State of Illinois,” Drury said. “And no one wants to use his name. And if you can’t use his name, how are you going to fix the problem?"

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan may not agree on much when it comes to the Illinois budget.

But as they negotiate, both men apparently find it helpful to accuse the other of pushing for a tax increase.

Rauner, Madigan and the legislature’s other top leaders discussed the budget privately in Chicago.

After, Madigan said it will be difficult to pass any tax hike before a new crop of legislators are sworn in next month.

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Illinois legislative leaders and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner are succeeding more at frustrating each other than at striking a deal to end an 18-month budget impasse that's damaging the state's fiscal health every day.

The relationship between ruling Democrats, Republican leaders, and Rauner has only grown more toxic after several meetings in recent weeks where both sides are more likely to lash out at each other than to report meaningful progress in passing a full budget. 

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Illinois legislators' fall veto session is getting underway, and already a bipartisan split is festering.

Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan said Sunday a conflict prevented him from accepting an invitation to meet with the governor Monday.

The Democratic Senate President said he would not attend either, because it would not be productive without all four legislative leaders.

GOP Governor Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly's minority leaders met anyway.

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno called Democrats' absence disappointing.

Speaker Madigan Sued By Primary Opponent

Aug 9, 2016

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's primary opponent is suing the state Democratic Party leader over campaign advertising. 

  Jason Gonzales lost to Madigan in the March primary, receiving 27 percent of the votes. Now he’s suing Madigan for many reasons, including campaign ads saying Gonzales is a convicted felon, even though Gonzales was pardoned by Gov. Pat Quinn.

Gonzales also complains about two "false" candidates with Hispanic surnames, whom he says Madigan recruited to split the Latino vote.  

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