* From a reader…
This link about state employees says 1943 is when they [first] got Election Day off.
This link says Speaker Madigan was born in April 1942.
(Tongue FIRMLY planted in cheek) Speaker Madigan is so powerful that at the age of 1 year, while still in diapers, he got the General Assembly to pass and GOP Governor Dwight Green to sign that legislation. WOW! That’s power!
* Think that’s far-fetched? Well, check out this Illinois Policy Institute opinion piece…
The 1980 cutback amendment passed overwhelmingly, eliminating a few dozen lawmakers from the House of Representatives and helping Madigan consolidate power as speaker when his peers first elected him to that office in 1983.
Yep. Madigan ordered gadfly reformer Pat Quinn to put the Cutback Amendment on the ballot to consolidate his nefarious grip on power. It’s all rigged!
* Zorn: Anti-Madigan documentary shows why he’ll be hard to beat