Tag: Lisa Madigan

The other Madigan--Shirley--whose time should be up

Lisa Madigan has been Illinois attorney general for 15 years. Her father has been Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan for 34 years. It’s time for both of them to go. But there’s another Madigan who has “served” longer. Mike’s wife, Shirley, has been on the Illinois Arts Council since 1976 and has served as, its... Read more »

Four reasons why Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan isn't looking into Gov. Pat Quinn's alleged political slush fund

Attorney General Lisa Madigan is Illinois’ top law enforcement office, so why isn’t she investigating Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence program, which allegedly is a political slush fund that spread millions of dollars around just before his election? The use of taxpayers’ money for political purposes surely rates a close look-see. Well, there are the... Read more »

Lisa Madigan flips Illinois voters the bird

Chicago Tribune reports: Lisa Madigan won’t say if father ever asked her to hire someone Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan brushed aside questions Wednesday about whether her father, powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan, has ever asked her to hire or give a raise to someone and also denied she misled campaign donors when raising money... Read more »
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Has Cook County State's Atty. Anita Alvarez violated her sworn duty?

“The Civil Actions Bureau defends the county and its officeholders and employees in civil suits….” This is how Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez describes one of the duties of her office on her website. A Cook County officeholder– Clerk David Orr is a defendant in a civil lawsuit filed by same sex couples for refusing to grant... Read more »

CME's political contributions to Illinois' power brokers pay off

Steve Bogira  at the Reader details how the some–shall we say?–farsighted campaign contributions by CME to House Speaker Michael Madigan, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Gov. Pat Quinn and Ald. Ed Burke might help explain why the financial giant successfully–dare I say–extorted a bribe from Illinois not to move out of state. Explains Bogira: Just since 2010, CME’s... Read more »

House Speaker Mike Madigan actually speaks!

Mike Madigan responds to a Crain’s Chicago Business story asserting that he cost taxpayers perhaps as much as $500 million by killing five bills to refinance McCormick Place debt. His motive? The story said because he strongly disliked Juan Ochoa, the former  executive director of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition and Exposition Authority (McPier), which runs... Read more »
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Nullification Now an Issue with Obamacare

At least 13 states are filing lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the federal heath care act, but not Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.  “We are not commencing litigation to challenge federal health care reform,” Madigan’s office responded to my e-mail query. No surprise there. If Madigan joined the others, it would be the first blue... Read more »

Supreme Court: No to closing Great Lakes locks (update)

The high court for the second time has rejected a request by some of Illinois’ neighbors to shut down Chicago-area locks to prevent the spread of Asian Carp into the Great Lakes. Now will Michigan and other plaintiffs come up with other boneheaded ideas for hurting Chicago’s economy? UPDATE: In response to the ruling, Robyn... Read more »

Keep the lieutenant guv

Michael Madigan: What’s he up to? Chicago Tribune photo by Terrence Antonio James / 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... Read more »
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Chris Kennedy: Who?

After Lisa Madigan announced that she liked her job as attorney general just fine, and wouldn’t run for senator or governor, the stuffed-up pipeline of potential candidates unclogged Chris Kennedy like a sewer freed of a giant glop. Maybe it’s a measure of a character failure that Madigan decided to wait so long, throwing a... Read more »
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