For some unfathomable reason, House Speaker Michael Madigan has introduced legislation that would abolish the office of lieutenant governor. It's hard to take it seriously when Madigan is getting blasted for not properly vetting Scott Lee Cohen, who won the Democratic primary for the office. It's a nice diversion that requires an extensive process for amending the state constitution. It's also a blatant appeal to those who, in the interests of smaller government, would be in favor of eliminating any office.
But it would screw up Illinois even more than it already is.
The order of succession would be attorney general and then secretary of state. The obvious beneficiary would be Madigan's own daughter, the current attorney general, but I don't think that's the problem.
What happens when the governor is, say, a Democrat, and the attorney general a Republican? Or vice versa. The removal, incapacitation or death of the governor could cause a change in the political control of the executive branch, a situation that I don't think anyone would want. What would that do to an impeachment process if the two were from separate parties, other than to cast it into political chaos?
If we're to open the constitution for changes in the executive branch, let's stop electing those other statewide offices, such as the attorney general, comptroller, secretary of state and treasurer. It would make the executive branch more responsive to the head of the executive branch--the governor. If you think that's radical, it's how the federal government does it.
I can't see anyone as politically astute as Michael Madigan proposing anything like this seriously
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