Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan News

For Speaker Madigan, when do drips become a flood?

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Jun 11, 2018

A few brave souls have come forward with their stories about the behavior under Madigan’s dome. But how many still feel powerless?

No fight over the budget is bad for Illinoisans

By Ted Dabrowski, Wirepoints | May 30, 2018

Illinois media is widely reporting that no news on Illinois’ budget negotiations is good news – that a quiet battleground in the statehouse means all is well. Especially after a nasty near three year impasse between Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Mike Madigan.

Madigan re-elected Chairman of Illinois Democratic Party

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Apr 24, 2018

The longtime House speaker is the only state legislative leader in the nation to also serve as a party chairman.

Poll: 4 of 5 voters think Illinois on wrong track

By Cole Lauterbach, Illinois News Network | Mar 9, 2018

A new poll shows Illinoisans are upset with just about all things political.

Democratic House incumbents urged to demand Speaker Madigan's resignation

By John Breslin | Mar 4, 2018

As controversy continues to swirl dangerously around Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan over his handling of harassment allegations, Republican candidates for state office are calling on their Democratic rivals to demand his resignation.

Yes, Speaker Madigan, you have a culture problem

By Austin Berg, Illinois News Network | Mar 2, 2018

In a hastily arranged press conference Tuesday, House Speaker Mike Madigan laid out nine more instances of sexual harassment his office has overseen in the past five years, with more potentially excluded.

Ives: The other reason Madigan should resign - Kevin Quinn 's $750k pension

By The Madison County Record | Feb 27, 2018

Thanks to the courage of women like Denise Rotheimer and Aliana Hampton the sexual harassment culture perpetuated by the Illinois political ruling class is being exposed and we have the beginnings of a reckoning.

Calls for investigations, new leadership, rock Democratic Party of Illinois following harassment scandal

By Greg Bishop, Illinois News Network | Feb 21, 2018

Calls from the Democratic Party of Illinois to address the party chairman’s handling of harassment complaints within the political power structure are mounting following another announced shakeup because of inappropriate behavior.

Madigan says he won't resign in wake of staffer sexual harassment scandal

By Greg Bishop, Illinois News Network | Feb 14, 2018

Speaker Michael Madigan says he has no plans to resign in the wake of allegations his political operation slow-walked an investigation of a staffer alleging sexual harassment by a supervisor.

Ives: Madigan should step down over handling of sexual harassment complaint

By The Madison County Record | Feb 14, 2018

The office of House Speaker is a powerful position that carries with it a great deal of responsibility. It is because of Speaker Madigan’s failure to carry out the responsibility of his leadership position that we’re at this point. He failed to do his job and ensure that a Legislative Inspector General was in place and that complaints were handled in a timely manner.

Man suing Madigan asks court to order release of inspector general's 2014 report detailing Speaker's clout

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 29, 2018

A former candidate who is suing Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan and some of his supporters for allegedly using political tricks to sabotage his campaign, is now locked in a fight in Chicago federal court to secure the release of a 2014 inspector general’s report his lawyer says is needed to shed light on how the longest serving state house speaker in U.S. history and his political organization work, to help substantiate the candidate’s claims.

Hold on to your wallets, Springfield back in session for 2018

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Jan 22, 2018

With statewide elections in November, the 2018 forecast calls for gridlock.

Judge who overturned Rauner 'fair share' executive order had worked as Madigan staffer in earlier days

By Ann Maher | Jan 4, 2018

Critics of policy decisions that prop up labor organizations at the expense of taxpayers have said it’s no mistake that some of the state's most consequential and political legal battles - contract negotiations, worker pay and union dues - have been filed in “union friendly” St. Clair County.

New IRS data: Illinois sees record loss of people, income to other states

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Dec 4, 2017

The Land of Lincoln is experiencing heavy losses of people and income to other states, new IRS data reveal. Illinois lost more than 86,000 people and $4.75 billion in adjusted gross income to other states from 2015-2016.

Illinois income tax hike to 5% opens door for a progressive tax hike

By Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institute | May 30, 2017

An income tax hike to 5 percent makes a call for a progressive tax system during the 2018 gubernatorial race a much easier sell.

Illinois' public pensions in some ways mirror Madoff's Ponzi scheme

By The Madison County Record | May 24, 2017

A Ponzi scheme is a form of fraud in which early investors see quality returns, not because their money was invested wisely as the investors are led to believe, but because new investors fund the payouts. The cycle perpetuates itself – more and more new investors are needed to continue to fund previous investors' returns at an unbeknownst higher risk to themselves – until it inevitably collapses.

Illinois House has spent less than six hours in session this month

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | May 22, 2017

House members have spent as much time playing softball and basketball as they have in session since the beginning of May.

Report shows 'true' accounting of pension liabilities more than double what governments say; Expert: debt is 'utterly absurd'

By Ann Maher | May 17, 2017

Financial expert Mark Glennon of Wilmette says in his analysis of a new study on state and local pensions that the only way to reduce the substantial obligations facing Illinois funds are by amending the state constitution or through federal bankruptcy.

Puerto Rico's 'bankruptcy' a warning to Illinois

By Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner, Illinois Policy Institute | May 8, 2017

Illinois needs to enact structural spending reforms to avoid following Puerto Rico down the path to insolvency.

Illinois' April 30 tax freedom day is tied for latest in Midwest

By Craid Lesner, Illinois Policy Institute | May 1, 2017

When it comes to taxes, everyone works for the government. Illinoisans worked 120 days – from Jan. 1 until April 30 – to pay the taxes they owe to federal, state and local governments.

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