Michael Madigan

Illinois Speaker Michael Madigan: A DNC Interview

Aug 1, 2016

As Chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois, House Speaker Michael Madigan ran the show for Illinois’ delegation at the Democratic National Convention last week.  As events would down, he took some time to sit down with Illinois Public Radio Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky and WBBM's Craig Dellimore.

They touch on everything from term limits and Donald Trump, to the state budget and November election.

On Bernie Sanders: "I  think that Bernie Sanders and the Sanders campaign have a done a great serviced for the Democratic Party in America.”

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Gov. Bruce Rauner is expressing frustration at the lack of progress in Illinois budget negotiations with Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan and says his efforts to set up a one-on-one meeting have gone nowhere.

The Republican governor on Wednesday accused Madigan and fellow Democrats of "playing games" by purposefully stalling on talks so they can argue for "a huge tax hike."

Madigan spokesman Steve Brown says Rauner's responsible for the gridlock for vetoing the budget lawmakers passed last year.

Illinois Lottery

A pilot program allowing the Illinois Lottery to sell tickets online will expire before the end of the month.

There's no time for lawmakers to keep the program alive before then. The House adjourned until April.

Republican Rep. Ed Sullivan from Lake County sponsored a measure to make the pilot program permanent.

"Because it's a process that has done well," Sullivan said, "and it's done well for bringing money into our schools."

But Democrats prevented it from advancing.

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Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is seeking his 46th year in office to represent Chicago's southwest side.

Speaker Madigan proudly announced the endorsement of Cook County Commissioner Jesus Chuy Garcia - who lost his campaign for Chicago mayor last year.

But Garcia won in a lot of Latino areas in that race - and Madigan’s district has a large Latino population.

Garcia says he’s endorsing Madigan for one big reason.

GARCIA: The Speaker of the House has been standing up to the governor.

That’s Republican Governor Bruce Rauner.

A year ago, Illinois' income tax rate fell by 25-percent. The top Democrat in the Illinois House is suggesting it go back up, according to news headlines...but that's not what he meant to convey.

Following a rare speech at the City Club of Chicago, longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan was asked this question about the state budget:

"How high do you think taxes need to go?"

Madigan tried to avoid getting specific, saying at first:

"Alright, let me avoid creating a headline for tomorrow's newspaper..." This drew a laugh from the audience.

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