SPRINGFIELD, IL — According to one Illinois lawmaker, there could soon be a new Speaker of the House of Representatives in Illinois.
On Monday, longtime Speaker Michael Madigan said in a statement his announcement to suspend his campaign but said he is “not withdrawing” his name.
However, Dan Brady, who represents the 105th District, said the cracks are beginning to widen after a straw poll of legislators showed Madigan fell short of the 60 votes needed to be reelected Speaker.
Longtime Illinois politics observer Kent Redfield said whoever becomes Speaker they have to pledge to be independent from Madigan who’s held the seat for all but two years since 1983.
Madigan fell short of the 60 votes need to be reelected mostly because of an investigation of a federal bribery scheme that’s implicated him.