* Madigan packed up his Springfield apartment this week, and I’m hearing from his close associates that he doesn’t plan to keep his House seat. So maybe we can stop with this sort of speculation until we see some actual evidence…
* Mark Brown is right…
Those who think Madigan will continue to call the shots in Springfield should be in for a surprise.
While Welch is a product of the Madigan school of politics, there’s no reason to think he will be the former speaker’s pawn once he settles into the job.
It would be helpful to Welch if Madigan, sworn in Wednesday for another term as state representative, would take his cue and retire in short order.
As long as Madigan is still in Springfield, that will make it more difficult for Welch to prove he’s carving his own path.
Also, Madigan mainly used the Democratic Party of Illinois as a postage discount machine for his House campaigns. The chairmanship saved the HDems hundreds of thousands of dollars per cycle in postage costs. He was never much interested in actual party building.
Black and Latino lawmakers who initially backed him for reelection moved swiftly to Welch when Madigan made an incorrect calculation earlier this week that no other member could line up the 60 votes required to win the gavel.
Um, perhaps the “incorrect calculation” was made by reporters who prematurely jumped to the wrong conclusion?