Some Dems demand Madigan 'vision' before supporting him for speaker
Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) went about his usual business on election night.
This involved calling Democratic state lawmakers to ask for their support for being reelected speaker of the Illinois House. Madigan did not get unanimous consent from his fellow party members, however, as more than one told him that they would like to sit down with him before making such a decision.
State Reps. Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago) and Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) confirmed that they were among those who said they wanted to speak with Madigan before they would vote for him to remain speaker. Both want a plan from Madigan that involves more than, in the words of Guzzardi, “just saying ‘No’” to Gov. Bruce Rauner.
“I’d like to know what his vision of the next two years is,” Cassidy said. “Doing the same thing over and over again is the definition of insanity, so I want to know what the vision is.”
Cassidy said no more, saying that she would prefer to share her thoughts with Madigan himself.
“Right now, Rauner is the only one with a plan to fix this,” Guzzardi said. “We want to change things.”