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This Is Mike Madigan's Last Hurrah


As one who scribbles largely about things Illinois, I feel almost obligated to observe on the bombshell (certainly for the small fraternity that follows Illinois politics) news that utility ComEd has agreed to pay a $200 million fine for bribery of Illinois officials. The announcement by the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago identifies Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan as the ultimate object of the bribery.

Some background: Madigan has been speaker of the House for most of the past four decades. During that time, he has accrued almost dictatorial powers. He can block any legislation - an...

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