Posted by Barton Lorimor (@bartonlorimor)
* The DSCC re-elected Speaker Madigan chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois. But it wasn’t without a little drama…
The Chicago Democrat received near unanimous support from the party’s state central committee during a meeting in Springfield on Tuesday. The only committeeman to oppose him was state Sen. Michael Noland of Elgin.
Noland says he “respectfully” voted against Madigan but declined to detail why. He says the two have a difference of opinion and spoke by phone about the issues in recent days.
He says it’s “nothing personal” and he plans to honor his commitment to Madigan to not talk about the disagreement.
* How it went down…
Rep. Al Riley (D-Olympia Fields): “The question is shall Michael J. Madigan be Chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois? All those in favor state by saying ‘aye.”
Democratic State Central Committee members: “Aye.”
Riley: “All those opposed, nay.”
Sen. Michael Noland (D-Elgin): (delay, soft)
Riley: “The opinion of the chair … I’m sorry?”
* Amanda Vinicky of WUIS/Illinois Public Radio provided us with raw audio of Noland speaking with reporters after the vote…
The Speaker’s response…
Madigan said he’s open to opposition if it advances the progress of the party.
“Whenever I’ve had opposition in the legislature or the state Democratic Party, we’ve usually made converse of those problems because we want to work with the people and we want to move in the right direction,” Madigan said.