New Podcast Explores How Madigan Ruled Illinois Politics | Chicago News

 New Podcast Explores How Madigan Ruled Illinois Politics | Chicago News

A new podcast from the Better Government Association tells the story of Madigan and how he ran Illinois politics for so long. (WTTW News)

Former House Speaker Michael Madigan ruled Illinois politics for decades. Amid the expanding ComEd bribery scheme investigation, Madigan stepped down from two powerful positions this year: the state speakership and chair of Illinois’ Democratic Party.

A new podcast from the Better Government Association tells the story of Madigan and how he ran Illinois politics for so long.

“It’s gonna be an interesting case study for the history books,” said Justin Kaufmann, producer and host of “The Madigan Rule.” He is also a reporter with Axios Chicago.

Kaufmann pointed to the majorities Madigan held in the House, his leadership of the state Democratic Party and his work to turn Illinois blue. Meanwhile, he noted, Madigan’s time has been riddled with scandals — from patronage and sexual…

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