* I’ve tried to find the audio of Speaker Madigan’s Q&A with reporters in Ottawa over the weekend, but I haven’t been successful…
When Madigan arrived at the Knights of Columbus, he had his picture taken with well-wishers. Then, he spoke to three local reporters for a few minutes.
Madigan, who has not formally endorsed any candidate for governor, declined to answer Democratic candidate Chris Kennedy’s attacks on him. “He speaks for himself,” Madigan said. […]
Madigan said all the Democratic candidates, including Kennedy, supported a progressive income tax, which the speaker said was a big improvement over Rauner’s agenda. […]
As for his long tenure, Madigan said he enjoys his job, adding that if someone can work with people, they can get things done.
Prior to his speech, Madigan briefly took questions from reporters.
Madigan rebuffed the idea he controls the state.
“The people are in control of the state,” Madigan said. “Every two years, there’s an election of the legislature.”
Madigan credited his lengthy tenure in the state house of representatives to liking his job.
“I enjoy what I do,” Madigan said. […]
He said he was in favor of an equitable model that provided more money for schools with a larger population of low-income, English-learning or otherwise at-risk students.
Madigan called state money directed toward private schools a “price” for reform.