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(The Center Square) – Michael J. Madigan is out.

The former Illinois House spokesman is now a former Illinois State representative after speeding up his Departure until close of business on Thursday.

Madigan initially released a statement that he would be leaving in late February. Then, curious and without explanation, he submitted a letter of resignation which he presented to the Illinois Clerk of the House, John W. Hollman.

Dear employee:

I, Michael J. Madigan, hereby resign from the office of State Representative for the 22nd Representative District effective February 18, 2021. This letter serves as my letter of resignation.

With kind personal greetings, I stay

With best regards,

Michael J. Madigan

It's the "I'm staying, Sincerely, Michael J. Madigan" that deserves a closer look.

I'm not sure if there was a single moment in his political tenure when the Southwestern Democrat was in person with someone who was not serving his goals, considering much of everything that was for him or his bipartisan approach governing was not good, or was a bit sincere in the way he approached his speaking body.

He ended up rattling around the Illinois House for more than 50 years – 36 of them (a national record among lawmakers) as speakers. The state of Illinois was inducted into the union in 1818. For about a quarter of Illinois' existence, Madigan, a clear case for tenure restrictions, was required by law.

Still involved In the Justice Department's ongoing investigation into ComEd, the largest power distributor in Illinois, Madigan was a throwback to a time that should have been dropped from politics decades ago. Arrogant, inviolable, reproachless. This would only be possible in Illinois.

A tax attorney by profession, he was a masterful backroom operator well into a time when transparency was required. Weak lapdog statehouse media enabled this unchecked agency to operate within sight. Again only in Illinois, where speaking the truth to power means you have limited access to the press.

At a time when the demolition culture is getting relentlessly difficult for men like Madigan, he ran through his like an Olympian #MeToo moment. His final routine at the gold medal was facilitated by the lack of an inspector general to appoint, and many of the victims' claims against his office and his friends were simply allowed to lapse by law. Brilliant and gross in equal parts.

The diligence of his business and the isolation by the machine he inherited and built can best be explained in an anachronistic phrase: Madigan did not have a smartphone with him and the man did not have an active email account.

In his statement to the media, initially stating that he was hanging around until the end of the month, Madigan admitted that he was "exposed to vicious attacks from people trying to reduce his legislative focus" in order to reduce the amount of " Work to Improve “People of Illinois. "

He left out the part about driving the state into financial ruin and meeting unfunded pension obligations for the state's public sector workers $ 144 billion According to The Bond Buyer, it creates the worst divide between legislative Democrats and Republicans in the center of the United States.

While a parade of corrupt and ineffective governors came and went and the Illinois population was spilling out in U-Haul trucks to live elsewhere to escape insane property taxes and a deteriorating quality of life, Madigan was the only constant.

Forget the governors. They either bowed to Madigan's knee or didn't. Madigan ran the show. He set the tone. No law under Madigan's house rules got a vote without his approval. Everything ran through him and was led by him.

While the winners make history and Illinois remains a deeply democratically controlled state in historical financial ruin, history will not and should not be kind to Madigan.

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