Madigan Fears Redistricting Reform; Could Term Limits be Coming for the Governor?

House Speaker Michael Madigan finally made a direct statement about Yes for Independent Maps.

“Over the last 50 years, five maps. Republicans have done one out of five. They’re angry, and this is part of their Republican politics. That’s all there is.”

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, April 23, 2014

Madigan, fresh off his near-unanimous reelection this week as head of the party, had plenty more to say about Yes for Independent Maps and the push for redistricting reform in Illinois. The longest-serving lawmaker in Illinois, Madigan would stand to lose a lot with redistricting reform. 


Meanwhile, the two top Republicans in Springfield are pushing to have an amendment proposal get on the November ballot. Senate Republican leader Christine Radogno introduced a proposal for term limits for members of the executive branch and it was supported by House Republican leader Jim Durkin. The problem is the deadline to have the proposal pass through Springfield is May 5, just over a week away.


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Jan April 25, 2014 at 07:02 PM
No elected/appointed person should be in on ANY redistricting. Might as well just give the cheese to the rat.
Mitch Dinges April 25, 2014 at 08:19 PM
Mike Madigan is ILLINOIS' OWN CANCER AND IS TERMINAL. He needs to be kicked out and held accountable for nepotism, cronyism, corruption, legal and law meddlings to no end. He says on his own website he is accountable to ILLINOIS but he doesn't come close to acting like it.
Dan Cox April 25, 2014 at 08:34 PM
Il. AG Lisa Madigan will NEVER prosecute her own Daddy!
mpriestley92 April 26, 2014 at 07:33 AM
Her step-daddy-something that's never mentioned.
Jac Charlier April 26, 2014 at 10:52 PM
I support Yes! for Independent Maps. I passed petitions (100 signatures, give or take), put them before 2 civic groups or general meeting presentations, put it out on FB, Twitter and Nextdoor.com, and spoke to many neighbors and friends to sign/join....None of this means too much by itself however if voters do not get involved in running for elected office, working on campaigs and voting. The playing field is by design uneven and out of whack. This is procedural while citizen engagement is substantive.


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