Oral story about the launches of Illinois’ most powerful politician
Justin interviewed several Illinois politicians and journalists to help tell the story of former Illinois lecturer Michael Madigan, the longest-serving state lecturer in U.S. history. The the podcast is out today in association with the Better Government Association.
- It includes stories from four governors, lawmakers and former staff of the Madigan organization.
Why is this important: Madigan stepped down as a representative earlier this year and is currently the subject of a federal investigation following the corruption scandal to ComEd, although he has not been charged with any wrongdoing.
Flashback (s): He was known to understand Illinois government rules better than anyone. Perhaps this is because Madigan wrote many rules and was a delegate to the Illinois Constitutional Convention in 1970.
- Former Governor Jim Edgar named his heart attack after President Madigan. He also tells stories of breakfasts at the Governor’s Mansion where all Madigan ate was an apple, sliced on a plate.
- Former Governor Bruce Rauner explains their monumental political battles in detail, including a breakfast where Madigan said, “Bruce, I do two things. I manage power and I make money by managing power.”
The five-part series launches today and continues until October.
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