Days after being deposed as Illinois House speaker, Michael Madigan has vacated his Springfield apartment, fueling speculation that he will resign the Illinois House seat he has held since 1971.
Madigan’s decision to vacate his apartment at Lincoln Tower, about a block from the Illinois State Capitol, was first reported by Mark Maxwell, a television reporter in Springfield.
Looking more and more like someone other than Michael Madigan will represent his district in Springfield for the first time in 50 years. Spotted staffers clearing out his apartment furniture today. No official resignation yet. pic.twitter.com/LK0AxA9dOM
There’s widespread speculation that after losing the powerful speaker’s chair, Madigan isn’t long for the legislature.
“I don’t have any intel on this but my instinct is I just can’t see a situation where he would stick around as a rank and file member. I just don’t,” said Rep. Buckner.
However, Madigan is still chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party and controls millions in campaign funds. Rep. Zalewski doesn’t see him holding on to that role, either, or the role of chief architect of the 2021 remap.
“I think as the year progresses you’ll see the speaker address his future in a number of ways. The chairmanship of the party will be part of that, the leadership of the party’s political arm will be part of that. This isn’t going to be hard to figure out. He’s going to transition out. I think you’ll see him retire to a private life and I wish him the best on that. And I think Chris will be the quarterback on the remap,” said Zalewski.
* Mitchell Armentrout writes a perspective. Here’s the beginning, but you should read the whole thing…
When Mike Madigan first took office in Illinois, same-sex marriage was unheard of, gambling was limited to racetracks and computers were confined to laboratories.
Fast-forward through nearly a quarter of Illinois’ 202-year existence, and the Southwest Side powerhouse has finally given up most of his grip on a state that has undergone tectonic shifts both culturally and politically.
Lots more will be written about this topic. But just imagine the 1970 Madigan being told about the 2021 MJM. The power may not have surprised him, but the dramatic shift in his ideology likely would.
* State Week: The End of an Era: This week, Illinois lawmakers wrapped up the work of the 101st General Assembly. And there is a new House Speaker - Chris Welch - after Michael Madigan lost the support of his caucus after nearly four decades in power. Rich Miller of Capitol Fax joins the panel.
” I think you’ll see him retire to a private life and I wish him the best on that”
of course, the knock-on effect of MJM being ousted will result in a seismic shift in control of the levers of power. MJM as speaker cast a shadow of control down to city services and of course hundreds of jobs. The 13th ward will become just another place.
I wonder which box Scott Drury’s clock was packed in.
- Essential State Employee - Tuesday, Jan 19, 21 @ 10:37 am:
==I never think of Madigan as the tech guru.==
I wonder if he still has analog picture tube TVs. Then had to use either the OTA digital converter box or digital cable to still use TV after the digital upgrade (with the exception of some low-power TV stations in the Chicago area, including that one at 87.7 and Channel 6 that last I knew plays oldies and sometimes has even made it as far south as western Illinois, in an area where 87.7 in the analog TV era meant audio from Quad Cities’ Channel 6).
== We shouldn’t forget the role Kevin Quinn played in tearing down an icon. ==
Kevin Quinn had nothing to do with the downfall of Madigan. Please look at the facts. Kevin Quinn’s “sin” was repeatedly asking someone on dates and sending inappropriate texts. He was not responsible for any of the events that transpired after, nor should be praised or condemned for the end of the Speaker’s tenure. The MeToo movement appears to have had very little impact on the Speaker’s final exit, or the coronation of a new speaker.
It will be interesting to see if the democratic caucus holds together as well without MJM at the helm. Now we will get to see if if his liability was heavier than the discipline and organization he brought.