* From a press release by Democratic House candidate Dennis Ahern…
“It is clear that people are ready for a change in leadership throughout our state. I believe that change must start at the top. If I am fortunate enough to win on November 2nd, my first vote will be for a new Speaker of the House of Representatives. This vote will not be for the current Speaker. My vote will go to a non-incumbent, a freshman.” [Emphasis added]
Ahern is running against Republican Rich Morthland for retiring Democratic Rep. Mike Boland’s seat.
* The Question: Your thoughts on this idea? Politically and governmentally, please.
…Adding… I should’ve noted that Ahern will continue to take money and staff assistance from Madigan.
* Ahern: If elected, I’ll vote against Madigan as Illinois House speaker
* Ahern distances himself from Madigan