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Republicans “pledge” not to vote for Madigan for Speaker

Friday, Jul 29, 2016

* Illinois Review

State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) has an established reputation among conservatives as being gutsy and speaking her mind on the Illinois House floor. Thursday, she signed a petition promising her first vote in her third House term will not be for Michael Madigan as speaker.

“I almost never sign pledges, but this one is a no-brainer,” Ives wrote alongside a photo of her pledge.

Gutsy, indeed.

* The “pledge” is being sent around by a House Republican candidate named Mike Strick

I, _______________ a candidate for the office of State Representative for the District of _____ Illinois, pledge to the citizens of the ____ District of the state of Illinois that I will, upon my election and being sworn into office to the Illinois House of Representatives, refuse to vote for the incumbent Speaker of the Illinois House, Michael J. Madigan. I am free to vote for any other elected member, Democrat or Republican as I see fit.


Candidate for State Representative for the _______ District.

Strick is up against Rep. Stephanie Kifowit (D-Oswego). He raised $1175 in the second quarter, spent $100 and filed his report on paper.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - 13th - Friday, Jul 29, 16 @ 2:14 pm:

    Do the republicans reps usually vote for him?

    I assumed only the democrats reps votes for him and the republicans voted their usual no or no days present

  2. - One hand //ing - Friday, Jul 29, 16 @ 2:14 pm:

    Somewhere Madigan is sadly contemplating his every mistake and wondering how he’ll go forward without the support of Jeanne Ives.

  3. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jul 29, 16 @ 2:14 pm:

    Oswego, it’s always… Oswego.

    To the Post,

    Denocrats and Labor will do their best to buttress targets as they remind all of Labor that Rauberites turned their backs on them.

    Right… “The 7″, (or 6 now, Rauner is trying to get them out)

    Right Sangamon GOP GA members?

    Don’t get… “Dunkin-ed”… in reverse.

    Right? Exactly right.

    Vote Accordingly.

  4. - Annonin' - Friday, Jul 29, 16 @ 2:16 pm:

    No brainier indeed …spoken like an expert….Dwight Kay like…one easy way we can help her keep the promise….tee hee

  5. - Huh? - Friday, Jul 29, 16 @ 2:17 pm:

    Dear Mr. Strick,

    Thank you for your comments and pledge to vote against Representative Madigan for Speaker of the House.

    Unless your party wins a majority in the House, your pledge is quite meaningless and a stupid political stunt.


    People of Illinois

  6. - Anon221 - Friday, Jul 29, 16 @ 2:18 pm:

    Did she sign it with a big black marker??? Sheesh.

  7. - Jocko - Friday, Jul 29, 16 @ 2:21 pm:

    I would rather Jeanne should sign a document saying she’ll refrain from ordering coloring books and promotional cards prior to a tax increase.

  8. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jul 29, 16 @ 2:22 pm:

    What’s exciting for me about Mike Strick, as a Republican, is the “King Madigan”

    Who is helping you with this copy, John Kass?

  9. - Ron Burgundy - Friday, Jul 29, 16 @ 2:24 pm:

    Well I pledge not to set myself on fire. I mean, I wasn’t planning to do it anyway, but what the heck.

  10. - walker - Friday, Jul 29, 16 @ 2:24 pm:

    “”"This one is a no brainer.”"”

  11. - 47th Ward - Friday, Jul 29, 16 @ 2:24 pm:

    “…with liberty and fraternity for all, amen.”

  12. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Jul 29, 16 @ 2:30 pm:

    To the Post,

    If all I can see is decent candidates… put on Facebook…

    “Status Quo” and “King Madigan”

    …as the reason I need to look at them and take them seriously as building on something other than Raunerism…

    What are you guys saying about being a Republican?

    We have nothing but voting against districts and “King Madigan” at $30-45 million?

    This is ridiculous.

  13. - JS Mill - Friday, Jul 29, 16 @ 2:33 pm:

    It is like a bunch of them got together one night after playing beer pong and tried to think up new campaign tricks to get rid of Madigan.

    Because he is so mean.

  14. - DuPage Saint - Friday, Jul 29, 16 @ 2:34 pm:

    Last Republican I remember voting for a Democrat for speaker was Lee Daniels voting for William Redmond but that was worlds ago

  15. - VanillaMan - Friday, Jul 29, 16 @ 2:38 pm:

    A truly pathetic attempt to make Madigan an issue.

    If Ives brought it up around me I’d make sure I ask her why she voted for, or contemplated voting for Madigan in the past.

    Only people actually undergoing a conversion sign pledges.

  16. - Memo From Turner - Friday, Jul 29, 16 @ 2:42 pm:

    Talk about profile in courage. Imagine a right wing tea party Republican refusing to vote for Madigan! Jeanne will do anything to attempt to stay relevant, and in the news.

  17. - @MisterJayEm - Friday, Jul 29, 16 @ 3:04 pm:

    Jeanne Ives has a reputation for speaking her what on the Illinois House floor?

    Gotta be a typo…

    – MrJM

  18. - Michelle Flaherty - Friday, Jul 29, 16 @ 3:11 pm:

    I pledge not to give state coloring books to private schools.

  19. - Anonymous - Friday, Jul 29, 16 @ 3:36 pm:

    A Republican won’t for for a Democrat for Speaker?

    Stop the presses!

  20. - JoanP - Friday, Jul 29, 16 @ 3:38 pm:

    1. That last was me.

    2. I meant “won’t vote . . .”

    (Darn new-tangled iPad)

  21. - JoeMaddon - Friday, Jul 29, 16 @ 3:42 pm:

    Hmm… do they know Mike Madigan is running for the Senate? Maybe that’s who they’re referring to?

  22. - Huh? - Friday, Jul 29, 16 @ 3:52 pm:

    “I, _______________ a Raunerite candidate for the office of State Representative for the District of _____ Illinois, pledge to the citizens of the ____ District of the state of Illinois that I will, upon my election and being sworn into office to the Illinois House of Representatives, refuse to vote for any legislation or resolutions that do not include the key elements of the Governor’s Turn Around Agenda. Furthermore, I will blame the Democrats and Speaker Madigan for all of the ills that beset the State including, but not limited to, conflagration, inundation, famine, pestilence, disease and especially the unbalanced budget. I make this solemn and firm pledge to the Raunerite ideals to be more business friendly and grow the economy, no matter the harm to the poor, weak, sick, lame and elderly. Because Illinois must be more competitive before we can be compassionate.
    Candidate for State Representative for the _______ District.”

    Fixed it for ya.

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