Illinois House approves concealed weapons bill

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., May 24 (UPI) -- The Illinois House Friday approved a concealed weapons bill that would override Chicago's assault weapons ban.
Madigan asked to respond to Burris case

Madigan asked to respond to Burris case

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., May 28 (UPI) -- Politicians say they want to know why Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has yet to take action against U.S. Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill.

Ill. House could vote on gov next week

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Jan. 2 (UPI) -- The Illinois House of Representatives could be voting on the impeachment of Gov. Rod Blagojevich as soon as next week.
Ill. House OKs impeachment proceedings

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The Illinois House voted 113-0 Monday to open impeachment proceedings against Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who faces federal corruption charges.
Business as usual for Blagojevich

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CHICAGO, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, charged with multiple counts of corruption, went to work as usual at the state office building in Chicago Wednesday.
How will Obama seat be filled?

How will Obama seat be filled?

CHICAGO, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Illinois legislative leaders Tuesday said they would convene in emergency session to deal with the fallout from the arrest of Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Speaker's memo is impeachment 'how-to'

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., June 11 (UPI) -- The speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives is instructing legislative candidates how to call for impeachment proceedings against the state's governor.

Recall plan advances in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., April 9 (UPI) -- The Illinois House of Representatives has approved a measure that would allow the recall of governors.

Daughter asked to rule on conflict issue

CHICAGO, July 25 (UPI) -- Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has been asked to rule on whether her father -- House Speaker Michael Madigan -- is guilty of a conflict of interest.

New Ill. primary date made official

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., June 21 (UPI) -- A bill moving the 2008 Illinois primary election up by nearly a month was signed into law by Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Ill. urinals send funds down the drain

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., May 19 (UPI) -- A major restoration of the Illinois House and Senate chambers in the state capital of Springfield raised eyebrows when it was revealed urinals cost $950 each.

Ill. speaker suggests earlier 2008 primary

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Jan. 11 (UPI) -- The speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives is calling for the state to push up its 2008 presidential primary election to early February. Speaker Michael Madigan suggested Wednesday the state move up its primary from the usual mid-March date to g

Illinois mulls 'Rest in Peace' Act

CARBONDALE, Ill., Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn is promoting legislation to limit political protests at funeral services in the state.

Chicago transit riders face service cuts

CHICAGO, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Officials at the cash-strapped Chicago Transit Authority are set to slash bus service 20 percent in early January because the state failed to provide funding.

Illinois proposes naming rights plan

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is proposing offering private companies the opportunity to buy the naming rights for state properties.
Michael Madigan
Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan speaks with members of the House voted 114-1 to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich in house chambers at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield on January 9, 2009. (UPI Photo/Mark Cowan)

Michael J. Madigan (born April 19, 1942) is the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives and Chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois. A Democrat, he has held the position of Speaker of the House for all but two years since 1983—those two years being a brief interregnum of Republican majority. He has been a member of the Illinois House since 1971, and currently represents the 22nd district.

Madigan was born in Chicago and has lived there most of his life. He attended St. Ignatius College Prep on the west side of Chicago. He attended college at the University of Notre Dame and graduated from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Madigan represents the 22nd Representative District on Chicago's southwest side. He has also served for many years as Democratic Committeeman of the 13th ward. His is generally considered one of the more effective ward organizations at a time when the vote-getting power of such groups has declined notably.

He has been Speaker of the Illinois House since 1982, with the exception of 1995–1996 when Republicans took control of the chamber. Madigan engineered a Democratic comeback and regained his majority at the elections of November 1996, which he continues to defend today. He has feuded with other Democratic leaders since 2002 – when Democrats took control of all branches of the state government – most notably Governor Rod Blagojevich and Senate President Emil Jones.

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