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#1 bmyers

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Posted 11 January 2021 - 01:27 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan on Monday said he was “suspending” his campaign for a 19th term in the leadership post.

Madigan, the longest-serving leader of a legislative body in U.S. history, issued a statement that began, “This is not a withdrawal.”

But it urged House Democrats to “work to find someone, other than me, to get 60 votes for speaker.”

 

Madigan has led the House almost continuously since 1983. He has been dogged recently by a Justice Department investigation into a bribery scheme involving utility ComEd.

The 78-year-old Chicago Democrat has not been charged with a crime and has denied wrongdoing. But in a caucus vote Sunday, his support fell short of the 60 votes needed for his retention.

The campaign is for a House leader for the 102nd General Assembly, which will be inaugurated on Wednesday.

House Speaker Madigan 'suspends' campaign for retention | News Headlines | kmov.com


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Posted 11 January 2021 - 02:22 PM

good riddance.  Although who ever takes his place will not make any change at least not for the better.


Edited by Jeffrey, 11 January 2021 - 02:22 PM.

...and justice for all

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Posted 11 January 2021 - 02:39 PM

Only took 19 times and a 200 million dollar fine to expose this corrupt ding-a-ling. Question really is.........is the devil you know better than the devil you don't. I can't imagine Willis with the speaker gavel.



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Posted 11 January 2021 - 03:54 PM

So ... Speaker Kifowit? Has anyone else announced they're running for speaker?
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Posted 11 January 2021 - 04:00 PM

Was that Madigan's way of saying, "Good luck finding someone.  I'll be waiting for your call when you don't." ?


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Posted 11 January 2021 - 04:10 PM

Doesn't sound like he is giving up the purse strings for the democratic party. So he would still have full control.


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Posted 11 January 2021 - 05:27 PM

So ... Speaker Kifowit? Has anyone else announced they're running for speaker?

Yesterday, I read Kathy Willis has dropped out of the race for Speaker. That seems a good thing.
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Posted 11 January 2021 - 05:41 PM

So ... Speaker Kifowit? Has anyone else announced they're running for speaker?


Rep Ann Williams.

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Posted 11 January 2021 - 11:02 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan on Monday said he was “suspending” his campaign for a 19th term in the leadership post.

Madigan, the longest-serving leader of a legislative body in U.S. history, issued a statement that began, “This is not a withdrawal.”

But it urged House Democrats to “work to find someone, other than me, to get 60 votes for speaker.”

 

Madigan has led the House almost continuously since 1983. He has been dogged recently by a Justice Department investigation into a bribery scheme involving utility ComEd.

The 78-year-old Chicago Democrat has not been charged with a crime and has denied wrongdoing. But in a caucus vote Sunday, his support fell short of the 60 votes needed for his retention.

The campaign is for a House leader for the 102nd General Assembly, which will be inaugurated on Wednesday.

House Speaker Madigan 'suspends' campaign for retention | News Headlines | kmov.com

Damn !  I didn't realize that "Lurch" is older than "Plugs" !! :frantics: :rofl:


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Posted 12 January 2021 - 02:29 PM

2021 Is looking better!


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Posted 12 January 2021 - 02:37 PM

Classic tactic to smoke out your opposition then pounce.

Either that or the Feds are really closing in, and he's going to need to be able to tap his campaign cash for a legal defense.

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Posted 12 January 2021 - 07:45 PM

They must have him pretty good if he isn't counting on the new administration to drop the probe?


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Posted 12 January 2021 - 08:04 PM

So ... Speaker Kifowit? Has anyone else announced they're running for speaker?

Rep Ann Williams.

Is that good or bad?

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Posted 12 January 2021 - 08:16 PM

So ... Speaker Kifowit? Has anyone else announced they're running for speaker?

Rep Ann Williams.


Is that good or bad?


As bad as any of the contenders.

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Posted 12 January 2021 - 08:22 PM

Let me add, though, that the Speaker should be able to put aside his or her personal feelings in order to bring members from North and South together.  That's been one of Speaker Madigan's strengths.  

 

I don't think Rep Willis would be able to do that and, to a lesser extent, Rep Kifowit wouldn't either.  Rep Williams might be the most able of those three to find that compromise. 

 

Rep Welch is in the mix now, too.  He's also anti-gun (very anti-gun), and maybe too locked into Northern Illinois politics to be a good Speaker.



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Posted 12 January 2021 - 08:26 PM

Do they have to have one before the next ILGA session starts or can it begin without one?
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Posted 12 January 2021 - 08:37 PM

Let me add, though, that the Speaker should be able to put aside his or her personal feelings in order to bring members from North and South together.  That's been one of Speaker Madigan's strengths.  

 

I don't think Rep Willis would be able to do that and, to a lesser extent, Rep Kifowit wouldn't either.  Rep Williams might be the most able of those three to find that compromise. 

 

Rep Welch is in the mix now, too.  He's also anti-gun (very anti-gun), and maybe too locked into Northern Illinois politics to be a good Speaker.

Grid lock can prevent bad things from happening?
 


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Posted 12 January 2021 - 08:42 PM

Do they have to have one before the next ILGA session starts or can it begin without one?


The new general assembly can start but they have to have a Speaker in order to advance any bills in the House.



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Posted 12 January 2021 - 08:43 PM

Whether he holds the position or not he will still be the puppet master.


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Posted 12 January 2021 - 08:44 PM

Grid lock can prevent bad things from happening?


Yep.

My answer was from the point of view that they will eventually choose a speaker. If that takes two years to accomplish I'd be fine with that.



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Posted 13 January 2021 - 06:10 AM

It's being reported this morning that Rep Welch is Michael Madigan's choice as his successor, despite allegations of Mr. Welch having physically abused a former girlfriend.  It appears that Mr. Welch is close to having enough votes.



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Posted 13 January 2021 - 06:28 AM

... despite allegations of Mr. Welch having physically abused a former girlfriend. ...


If there are video recordings, it's even better to make him jump on cue.
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Posted 13 January 2021 - 08:28 AM

There's nothing preventing a 2A friendly Republican from throwing their hat in for speaker.

It would give the Democrats an opportunity to reach across the aisle in a bipartisan fashion and show that we are not a one party state. :hug:

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BWAHAHAHA who am I kidding., :poke: :rofl: :rofl:


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Posted 13 January 2021 - 11:10 PM

Let me add, though, that the Speaker should be able to put aside his or her personal feelings in order to bring members from North and South together.  That's been one of Speaker Madigan's strengths.  

 

I don't think Rep Willis would be able to do that and, to a lesser extent, Rep Kifowit wouldn't either.  Rep Williams might be the most able of those three to find that compromise. 

 

Rep Welch is in the mix now, too.  He's also anti-gun (very anti-gun), and maybe too locked into Northern Illinois politics to be a good Speaker.

Welch won.  We lose. :pinch:  :frantics:  :cry:


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Posted 14 January 2021 - 11:25 AM

 

Let me add, though, that the Speaker should be able to put aside his or her personal feelings in order to bring members from North and South together.  That's been one of Speaker Madigan's strengths.  

 

I don't think Rep Willis would be able to do that and, to a lesser extent, Rep Kifowit wouldn't either.  Rep Williams might be the most able of those three to find that compromise. 

 

Rep Welch is in the mix now, too.  He's also anti-gun (very anti-gun), and maybe too locked into Northern Illinois politics to be a good Speaker.

Welch won.  We lose. :pinch:  :frantics:  :cry:

 

 

No matter what northern Illinois Democratic would have won, we will still would have lost. 



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Posted 14 January 2021 - 02:44 PM

Just have to point out that nowhere have I seen that he also stepped down from control of the state Democrat party. When that happens and he no longer controls those monetary resources, he will be much more reduced in influence.

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Posted Today, 12:04 AM

Mark Maxwell, anchor at WCIA-3 in Champaign, tweeted earlier today that Madigan might be fully on his way out of the House.

 

https://twitter.com/...2932540416?s=20

 

 

Looking more and more like someone other than Michael Madigan will represent his district in Springfield for the first time in 50 years. Spotted staffers clearing out his apartment furniture today. No official resignation yet.


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