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Madigan nominee Kodatt selected as replacement amid split vote

Added 02-22-21 09:23:02am EST - “Former Illinois state Rep. Michael Madigan didn't have any public questions for the 26-year-old he nominated to be his replacement in the statehouse.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Madigan nominee Kodatt selected as replacement amid split vote”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Former Illinois state Rep. Michael Madigan didn’t have any public questions for the 26-year-old he nominated to be his replacement in the statehouse.

“We’ve gathered here this morning because I have resigned as the state representative for the 22nd district for the state of Illinois,” Madigan said Sunday at the Balzekas Museum ballroom. “I want to thank … all of those people who have permitted me to serve as a local state representative and then later as the speaker of the House for several, several years.”

Madigan, D-Chicago, resigned Thursday. He’d been in office since 1971. He had been speaker of the House for all but two years since 1983 until he lost a bid last month.

During Madigan's tenure, the state’s credit rating plummeted to near junk status with ballooning legacy pension debt and unbalanced budgets.

Madigan also caps his career being labeled as “Public Official A” by federal investigators in a nine-year bribery scheme involving ComEd. Last year, the utility admitted it paid bribes to Madigan associates in an effort to influence the speaker.

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