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The Illinoisans who vote for Madigan

Austin BergIllinois Policy Institute

Oct 06, 2016

Has there ever been a state politician as powerful as Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan?

It’s debatable. But he’s certainly the king of Illinois, and has been for the better part of the past three decades.

His longevity and omnipotence breed apathy in Illinois voters, as his influence can single-handedly muzzle discussion on term limits, independent mapmaking and property tax reform.

No Prairie State politician is disliked more. Madigan’s statewide approval ratings are abysmal. But he isn’t elected statewide. He’s elected in the five square miles surrounding Midway Airport.

According to data from this year’s primary and the past four general elections, Madigan…

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