SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
*** UPDATED x1 *** Madigan watch

Friday, Feb 25, 2011

* From Bernie Schoenburg’s column

Checking the comment section under stories about the mayor’s race at SJ-R.com, I have noticed that some people seem to think Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, is on [Mike Coffey’s] side in the Springfield mayor’s race.

Madigan often eats at Saputo’s, the Coffey family restaurant. Although Coffey is a Republican, he made a point during the campaign of noting that Mike Thompson, a lobbyist and former Madigan staffer, was part of his campaign team. But there’s no indication that Madigan himself is on board.

“I have no idea if Mike Madigan’s for me,” Coffey said. “He eats in the restaurant, like many customers. Some are probably for me. Some are probably against me. I have no idea, and I don’t ask people. … All’s I care about is that they come into Saputo’s.”

Madigan spokesman Steve Brown, who happened to be in Saputo’s when I asked him about this, said Madigan wasn’t involved in either the Chicago or Springfield mayoral campaigns.

Working for Madigan usually means you always work for Madigan. But the top brass has gone far out of their way to insist that Thomson was on his own on this one. And Madigan seems to be eating elsewhere more often, lately.

* Speaking of Madigan guys

The Regional Transportation Authority has come up with an interesting solution of sorts to its continuing Springfield woes. It’s hired the son-in-law of Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan for a $130,000-a-year job.

The RTA a little while ago announced that Jordan Matyas will begin work next week as its deputy executive director, overseeing the agency’s government affairs department. […]

The RTA’s spokeswoman says there is “no relationship” between the hiring and the fact that RTA Chairman John Gates has had a rocky relationship with Mr. Madigan, with continual talk that the speaker might even run a bill to abolish the agency.

“We wouldn’t call it a peace offering,” the spokeswoman said. “We’d call is the hiring of a person for a posted vacancy who we have determined is very highly qualified.”

Jordan used to lobby for the Humane Society, so he’s a do-gooder from way back. He started working for former state Rep. Judy Erwin when he was 15.

Matyas and I talked a few times about the “appearance” problems he was going to have after he married Madigan’s daughter. There’s just no avoiding it. Like his sister-in-law the attorney general, he’s just going to have to expect these questions about whether he accomplished something on his own or not. And he’ll never really know if he’s being offered stuff because of his experience (and he has plenty) or his super-powerful father-in-law.

I don’t think we’ve ever had this situation at the Statehouse before, so we’re in uncharted waters here. It would be easy to tell him to get outta the business, but that’s where his career is. So, it’s a tough one.

And, before you go weird in comments, Jordan and Tiffany are the real deal. Also, take if from me, you can’t help who you fall in love with. That’s just life. Sometimes, it causes problems, but it’s usually worth it.

* Meanwhile

Freshman State Representative Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) on Wednesday introduced a Constitutional amendment that would impose term limits on the Illinois General Assembly’s legislative leaders, a measure that force fellow Democrat House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) out of his post.

“The legislature is too tightly controlled by four individuals who are not accountable to most citizens,” Biss said. “This bill aims to make the legislative process more responsive by ensuring that we hear fresh ideas from new leaders, which is vitally important to how the legislative process takes shape.” […[

With a January 2014 effective date, House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 20 would prohibit a member from serving in a leadership position for longer than ten years.

In addition to ending Madigan’s tenure as Speaker, who has held the job since 1983, with two-year hiatus between 1995-1997, Biss’ measure would also end the reign of House GOP Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego). Cross won his leadership job in 2002.

Circular file fodder, but that’ll play well in his district.

*** UPDATE *** Interesting

Powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has joined as a sponsor of a House bi-partisan resolution calling for an audit of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation program “as it applies to state employees.”

The resolution, H.R. 131, filed Thursday, is co-sponsored by state Rep. Tom Holbrook, D-Belleville, and Rep. Dwight Kay, R-Glen Carbon. According to the official synopsis of the resolution, it seeks an audit that would include “the number of claims filed by state workers during the last four years, a review of the settlement contract process, an analysis of any fraud identification and control policies and procedures, an analysis of arbitrator caseloads over the four-year period, and a review of conflict of interest policies applicable to arbitrators and commissioners.” […]

“I’m pleased to work with Speaker Madigan in sponsoring legislation to audit the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission,” Kay said. “The legislature is now serious about auditing the (commission), and obtaining the support from Speaker Madigan is a big step in the right direction.

“Bipartisan support is necessary to move this legislation forward, and I’m optimistic an audit will be conducted quickly and thoroughly,” Kay said.

Kay is not one of the Speaker’s favorite people because he took a House seat away from the Democrats last year. Even if it was Jay Hoffman’s House seat.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


20 Comments
  1. - amalia - Friday, Feb 25, 11 @ 3:08 pm:

    Well, at least the AG’s office did not give him a job.


  2. - actually, I know - Friday, Feb 25, 11 @ 3:11 pm:

    to be honest, before matyas married into the madigan he was doing a bang up job as government realtions director for the humane society. If he can aboish puppy mills he’ll be able to clean up the mess at RTA.


  3. - southside Sammy - Friday, Feb 25, 11 @ 3:12 pm:

    well whoever this new RTA guy is (or who sent him) at least he’s better than the bums they have over there right now. get organized


  4. - Conservative Veteran - Friday, Feb 25, 11 @ 3:17 pm:

    I live in State Rep. Biss’ district. I don’t like his bill because it doesn’t go far enough. There should be term limits of 10 years, on all elected officials, and six years, for each state legislative leadership position.


  5. - dumb ol' country boy - Friday, Feb 25, 11 @ 3:17 pm:

    Go Rep. Biss way over due…take out the trash!


  6. - Bigtwich - Friday, Feb 25, 11 @ 3:24 pm:

    Actually the ten years would probably have to be served after the law went into effect.


  7. - MC - Friday, Feb 25, 11 @ 3:25 pm:

    Give Jordan a break, he has worked in Springfield forever, has a better understanding of the legislature (and budget) then most of the guys down there. He would have made a ton of money had he stayed in lobbying (on merit) but left and took a huge salary cut, because of the media pressure I presume. Now he’s getting ripped apart for taking a lower paying job tha he is over-qualified for? I know many of the people may post on here how 130k is a lot of money, but for a lawyer with his kind of background it isn’t. Is he supposed to drop his career and start over?


  8. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Feb 25, 11 @ 3:31 pm:

    “NO BLISS FOR DAN; MADIGAN FREEZES OUT FRESHMAN”

    and …. scene!


  9. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Feb 25, 11 @ 3:34 pm:

    “BLISS RUNNING ‘WILDCAT’ IN EVANSTON, MADIGAN PLAYS END-AROUND”


  10. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Feb 25, 11 @ 3:36 pm:

    “BLISS FAVORS OWN TERM LIMITS - BY GOING AFTER MJM”


  11. - Rich Miller - Friday, Feb 25, 11 @ 3:43 pm:

    Dude, it’s Biss, not bliss. No “L” in it.


  12. - Monkey Knife Fight - Friday, Feb 25, 11 @ 3:45 pm:

    Poor Mike Thomson doesn’t even get his name spelled right when he gets into the paper so now he can’t even put this doozy in his scrapbook.

    Jordan Matyas is in a tough spot. Any success he has will always be attributed to his father-in-law “RTA hires Speaker Madigan’s son-in-law for lobbying job” style. When he does well it’s because of you-know-who and if he doesn’t it’s “can’t believe Madigan’s son-in-law couldn’t get it done.” Jordan’s resume speaks for itself. It’s not like he started in government after he married Tiffany.


  13. - Rich Miller - Friday, Feb 25, 11 @ 3:49 pm:

    MKF, I thought it was “Thomson,” but it wasn’t spelled that way in the story, so I just let it go. Thanks for pointing it out. I’ll change my stuff.


  14. - wordslinger - Friday, Feb 25, 11 @ 3:51 pm:

    Meh, love makes strange bedfellows, if you’re lucky.

    The goofiest that I can recall was when Gary was Madigan’s COS and Chris was Daniels.

    That should have been a TV show. It put Carville and Matalin to shame.


  15. - Rich Miller - Friday, Feb 25, 11 @ 3:52 pm:

    ===That should have been a TV show. It put Carville and Matalin to shame. ===

    Yeah. You know it.


  16. - Texan for Matyas - Friday, Feb 25, 11 @ 3:55 pm:

    I worked with Jordan at the White House during the Clinton administration. Since then, he’s worked hard for the people of Illinois in a variety of roles. He’s good at what he does. I think, if anything, he brings a work ethic, sensibility and good heart to the public sphere. We should all try to keep people like this in service - not scare or push them away.


  17. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Feb 25, 11 @ 3:56 pm:

    My Bad, Rich … my Dysexia is flaring up something awful ….


  18. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Feb 25, 11 @ 3:59 pm:

    … its so bad, FORGOT the “l” in Dyslexia … so it’s a wash.


  19. - Lakefront Liberal - Friday, Feb 25, 11 @ 4:37 pm:

    Way to go Daniel! And yes, it will play well in his district and beyond.


  20. - wordslinger - Friday, Feb 25, 11 @ 4:40 pm:

    Since the GOP in the GA apparently can’t find its wallet with both hands, it’s good to know that Southwest Irish conservatives like Madigan are exercising some oversight.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Reader comments closed for the weekend
* *** UPDATED *** THIS JUST IN... Judge orders permanent stay on pension law
* Today's number: 10 percent
* Unclear on the concept
* Could be a big day
* Question of the day
* Illinois leaders react to Obama's immigration order
* TrackBill – An Introduction
* Caption contest!
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Our 5 favorite new Windows Phone apps of the week
        * Jolla’s Open Source iPad Alternative Raises More Than $1M In Two Days’ Crowdfunding
        * Apple Watch price, Lollipop updates, MS Office mobile comments & more – Pocketnow Daily Recap
        * Google’s Nexus 6 Might Be Too Big For Right Now, But Right-Sized For The Future
        * You Should Play: Monster Strike is a delightful mashup of monster battles and pinball
        * HTC Desire Eye Review: Welcome to the (selfie) machine
        * The Week in iPad Cases: Extra storage, ultra rugged, and everything in between

        * Re/wind: Uber Exec Says Really Dumb Thing, Snapchatting Money and More
        * “Also, Prince Albert is Not Really in a Can”
        * More Images of A Red Blackberry Passport Surface
        * HTC One M8 Harman/Kardon Edition Available for Free On Contract From Sprint
        * Apple Watch Makes it to Time’s 25 Best Inventions of 2014
        * Sprint Offering iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5 for $5 A Month
        * Pantelligent Is A Smart Frying Pan To Help You Cook Food Perfectly (Video)

        * Terrerobytes: Waiting for Adam LaRoche
        * With LaRoche on board, Abreu will benefit
        * Sources: White Sox land LaRoche with two-year deal
        * Sources: White Sox land LaRoche with two-year deal
        * Sources: White Sox land LaRoche with two-year deal
        * Abreu will benefit from LaRoche's presence
        * White Sox sign Adam LaRoche to two-year, $25 million deal

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Honors For Yonkers Resident Pat Quinn Tops News.....
        * Allison Keyes..
        * Rauner Says Financial Condition "Horrible"..
        * 'Hoops for Peace' tournament aims to curb viole.....
        * Money cant buy Christie love - Politico..


        * Illinois' Rauner tackles full transition agenda
        * Immigrants urged to take advantage of Obama action
        * Door County fish business subject of federal probe
        * Springfield firefighter arrested for wielding gun
        * Pekin man sentenced for dealing deadly heroin
        * Attorney general warns of immigration scams
        * Suspect in 2011 slaying enters guilty plea
        * New study shows impact of military in Illinois
        * Congressman says he still deciding what to do next
        * Judge rules Illinois pension law unconstitutional

        * Rauner tackles transition agenda
        * Attorney general warns of immigration scams
        * State pension changes ruled unconstitutional; appeal to Illinois Supreme Court next
        * State to refund $60 million in retiree health care money
        * State pension changes ruled unconstitutional; appeal to Illinois Supreme Court likely
        * Illinois pension case likely headed to high court
        * Judge: Pension ruling to come Friday
        * Rauner mum on fixes for ‘dire’ state finances, wants Quinn to freeze hiring
        * Rauner mum on fixes for ‘dire’ state finances
        * Judge to hear pension law arguments today

        * AndroGel giving AbbVie performance anxiety
        * Turning the kitchen into a tech hot spot
        * What does Michael Madigan do next?
        * Are Chicago's manufacturing districts vulnerable?
        * United's Smisek back in analysts' good graces


        * University of Chicago’s Dr. Donald F. Steiner, pioneer in diabetes research, dead at 84
        * University of Chicago’s Dr. Donald F. Steiner, pioneer in diabetes research, dead at 84
        * Time for all-new plan on pensions
        * University of Chicago’s Dr. Donald F. Steiner, pioneer in diabetes research, dead at 84
        * University of Chicago’s Dr. Donald F. Steiner, pioneer in diabetes research, dead at 84
        * Police: Girl, 10, struck by drunk driver who fled scene
        * Business owners seeking pot shop licenses in Illinois faced lawsuits elsewhere
        * Illinois pension reform law is unconstitutional, judge rules
        * Dr. Lawrence Solomon: Renowned dermatologist, book collector loved a mystery
        * 3 Daley scandals cost Chicago taxpayers over $6 million


        * Man critically hurt in Little Village shooting
        * Man dies after falling from Gold Coast hotel
        * Blaze in Woodstock stable kills up to 32 horses
        * Police warn of robberies in Lake View neighborhood
        * 5 injured in shootings, including 2 teens, on South, West side
        * Mag Mile Lights Festival: 'Nice to start the holiday season'
        * Teens address top city issues at annual speech competition
        * Emanuel: 'What the president did was create an opportunity'
        * $900K bail for man accused in fatal East Hyde Park shooting
        * Impaired Divvy bicyclist hit by 2 cars on Lake Shore Drive


        * Listen to State Week - November 21, 2014
        * State To Refund Retiree Health Care Money
        * Labor unions celebrate judge's ruling against Illinois pension law
        * Judge Finds Reductions In Pension Benefits Unconstitutional
        * Pension Ruling Imminent
        * Hoosiers divided over Obama’s executive action on immigration
        * Illinois Symphony Orchestra Joins The Circus For Holiday Pops
        * School Funding Testimony Taken At Capitol
        * Incoming U of I President Speaks To Springfield Audience
        * To Restore Executive Mansion, Rauner Plans Private Funds


        * Our Opinion: Illiana project too risky for tapped-out Illinois
        * Bernard Schoenburg: Sen. Manar backs aide Watson over Cahnman, Proctor in Ward 5
        * Karen Cox: Shop for a cause
        * Andy Shaw: Protect Illinois’ FOIA law from unnecessary tinkering
        * Quote of the Day: Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014
        * Rauner tackles transition agenda
        * Attorney general warns of immigration scams
        * Deckle McLean: Plagiarism comes with a price
        * Charles Krauthammer: The climate pact swindle
        * Quote of the Day: Nov. 22, 2014


        * Molly Young report raises more questions
        * Reluctant Townie: Pulling off the perfect Black Friday heist
        * Council makes decision about business district
        * Erickson: Check your Facebook postings if you want a state job
        * Business listings, Nov. 23, 2014
        * Attention shoppers: Bullhorn mom in Aisle 5
        * Turbines boosting governments' bank accounts
        * Getting Personal: Joe Stovall
        * Library events, Nov. 23-30, 2014
        * John Roska: When FMLA applies for sick days


        * Churches, organziations offer free Thanksgiving meals to people in need
        * Wheaton doctors work to spread positive message about house calls
        * Loud and proud, Cary-Grove's headed downstate
        * Constable: Bears make teen's wish come true
        * Families get coats, food from Lake Zurich church

        * Patrick Cannon defense strategy rare but n...
        * Feds fine Jesse Jackson Jr.'s campaign com...
        * Ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. faces sen...
        * Representative Jan Schakowsky Sends Letter...
        * Rep. candidate pushes to uphold marriage b...
        * Reps. Schakowsky and Waxman Introduce Bill...
        * Statement by Representative Jan Schakowsky...
        * U.S. House Passes Resolution Condemning An...
        * FAA Rejects Call For New O'Hare Noise Stud...
        * Representatives Quigley, Duckworth, Schako...

        * Durbin, Corker Introduce Water for The Wor......
        * Durbin, Corker Introduce Water for The Wor......
        * Durbin, Corker Introduce Water for The Wor......
        * Durbin, Corker Introduce Water for The Wor......
        * Durbin, Corker Introduce Water for The Wor......

        * Algonquin chief recommended to be next U.S......

        * Tower of Power
        * Tribune: 'Vulnerable' cafe makes a stand in a tough part of town
        * Duckworth-Bowlsbey welcome new baby girl
        * WWI-themed Christmas ad goes viral
        * State Rep. Andre Thapedi HR1348 Press ReleaseClir
        * State Rep. Andre Thapedi HR1348 Press Release
        * Going to GRI in Peoria? Find session schedules #ILGRIturns50
        * IAR Government Affairs monitors veto session
        * Coming Thursday: Illinois October Home Sales Report
        * Infographic: October Illinois Housing Snapshot #IARMarketStats


        * Illinois Residents Asked to Put the Tobacco Down - Support the Great American Smokeout – November 20
        * Governor Quinn Statement on President Obama’s Executive Action
        * Governor Quinn Statement on Selection of New University of Illinois President
        * Governor Quinn Statement on Senate Committee Passage of Minimum Wage Legislation
        * Governor Quinn Statement on the Installation of Archbishop Blase Cupich




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller