In his bid for a seat on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, Patrick Daley Thompson is endorsed by House Speaker Michael Madigan, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, City Council Finance Chairman Edward Burke and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.
Illinois' powerful House speaker and Democratic Party chairman will not say whether he thinks a lawmaker charged with bribery should step down just days before the election. A spokesman said Thursday that Michael Madigan is evaluating the situation surrounding the arrest Tuesday of Rep. Derrick Smith of Chicago, who is facing a former Republican activist in the Democratic primary election next week.
Incumbent Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, a Democrat, will face with Chicago Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd) in the March primary.
Crain's Chicago Business/
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan cost taxpayers nearly half-a-billion dollars by blocking repeated efforts to restructure McCormick Place bonds and finance a much-needed second hotel at the convention center, a Crain's investigation finds. McCormick Place CEO Juan Ochoa, an appointee of then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, had fired a Madigan ally at the convention center, and lawmakers from both parties say the speaker wanted retribution.
The State Journal-Register/
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is criticizing the governor's no-layoff deal with a major state-employee union. The Chicago Democrat says Gov. Pat Quinn was wrong to negotiate a deal last year that promised no layoffs in exchange for concessions from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees