* Press release…
Statement from the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus House
The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus House held a first of its kind Speaker of the House Candidate’s Forum Saturday, December 5th. Out of the 118 members of the Illinois House, only two candidates availed themselves to our process for Speaker of the 102nd General Assembly. After analysis, we believe our caucus is in a more advantageous position under the leadership of Speaker Madigan to deliver on our priorities. We have a daunting task ahead of us to repair harm done to black communities because of long standing systemic disinvestment, the challenges stemming from COVID-19 and of course the underlying reasons why it is important to pass the Black Caucus’ Policy Agenda: Criminal Justice & Police Reform; Education & Workforce Development; Economic Access; and Access to Health Care.
The members of the House Illinois Legislative Black Caucus have taken a Caucus position in support of Representative Mike Madigan as Speaker for the next General Assembly. We need a Speaker that will provide strong, consistent leadership and support for the challenges ahead.
It’s time to refocus on the work in front of us and be prepared to start the next General Assembly’s business immediately.
This means, of course, that now the opposition cannot reach 60 votes for a different House Speaker.
*** UPDATE *** From the only Black Caucus member who has said he will not vote to reelect Madigan…
State Rep. Maurice West Responds to Black Caucus Statement with 4 words
My position hasn’t changed.