Former Speaker Michael Madigan resigns from Illinois House

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan launched a press release Thursday saying he’ll resign as state consultant on the finish of the month.

Madigan represents the twenty second District in Chicago. He was the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives for greater than three a long time earlier than he didn’t get sufficient votes from colleagues to be reelected as speaker.

Emanuel “Chris” Welch changed Madigan as speaker, changing into the primary African American to ever maintain the position.

The following is a press release from Michael J. Madigan:

“Today I’m saying that I’ll resign as state consultant of the 22nd district on the finish of the month. It has been my nice honor to serve the folks of Illinois as speaker of the House and state consultant of the 22nd District. This journey wouldn’t have been doable with out my great spouse, Shirley, and kids, Lisa, Tiffany, Nicole and Andrew, who’ve stood by my aspect year after year, offering their love and assist regardless of the stress of rising up within the public highlight. I’m lucky to have them in my life. 

“Fifty years in the past, I made a decision to dedicate my life to public service. Simply put, I knew I wished to make a distinction in folks’s lives. I believed then and nonetheless do right this moment that it’s our obligation as public servants to enhance the lives of essentially the most susceptible and assist hardworking folks build an excellent life. These beliefs have been the cornerstone of my work on behalf of the folks of Illinois and the driving pressure all through my time within the Illinois House. 

“As speaker, legislator and member of the Illinois Constitutional Convention, I labored to make the General Assembly a co-equal department of presidency, guaranteeing it acted as a examine on the facility of the governor and the manager department, particularly round a governor’s abuse of the amendatory veto. Many heated battles have been fought to maintain governors from rewriting laws despatched to them by the General Assembly.

“I’m notably pleased with our work to extend the range of voices within the House Democratic Caucus to incorporate extra ladies, folks of coloration and members of the LGBTQ neighborhood. In my tenure as Illinois House speaker, we labored to elect representatives throughout all backgrounds and beliefs to actually signify the pursuits of the folks of our state.

“With the partnership of this numerous and gifted group of Illinois Democrats and with our colleagues throughout the aisle, we have been capable of degree the taking part in discipline and strengthen the center class whereas employees in different states noticed their wages diminished.

“We achieved faculty funding reform to extend funding for colleges in want and deal with inequalities in our state’s training system. We made Illinois a welcoming state by passing the Illinois Dream Act and offering drivers’ licenses for undocumented residents. 

“We strengthened the rights of employees, elevated the minimal wage, expanded entry to well being look after Illinois’ most susceptible residents, and guarded a girl’s proper to make her personal well being care selections. 

“We upheld the rights of all Illinois residents by passing marriage equality, lastly recognizing the rights of women and men to marry the folks they love. We enacted legal justice reforms to interrupt down legal guidelines that too usually goal folks of coloration and led the nation in increasing voting rights as different states weakened them.

“Collaborating with leaders within the retail, hospitality, manufacturing, well being care and different industries, we constructed a partnership with job creators to encourage financial improvement and deal with crises in our unemployment insurance coverage and employees’ compensation methods. We additionally expanded alternatives within the tourism and movie business, created the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority that reinvented McCormick Place and Navy Pier, and established the Illinois Sports Facility Authority that stored the White Sox in Chicago. 

“When have been confronted with the Rauner administration and the pursuits of the rich, who sought to weaken unions and the labor motion in Illinois, we stood up for working folks.

Rauner went on to plunge our state right into a finances disaster, almost bankrupting social service businesses, eliminating funding for increased training, and racking up billions of {dollars} in state debt within the course of. House Democrats stood because the final line of protection to guard our state from collapse. 

“Under my leadership, we increased transparency of state and local government by creating the Freedom of Information Act and protecting it from attempts to water it down, impeached Rod Blagojevich and repeatedly strengthened the state’s ethics and campaign finance laws.”

“It’s no secret that I have been the target of vicious attacks by people who sought to diminish my many achievements lifting up the working people of Illinois. The fact is, my motivation for holding elected office has never wavered. I have been resolute in my dedication to public service and integrity, always acting in the interest of the people of Illinois.”

“My achievements wouldn’t have been doable with out the exhausting work and dedication of many members of my employees via the years. I thank them for his or her efforts on behalf of the House Democratic Caucus and the folks of Illinois. I additionally wish to thank the various volunteers and supporters who labored on behalf of the residents of the twenty second District. It is with the collective assist of many who we’ve made Illinois a bastion of Democratic values. 

“I leave office at peace with my decision and proud of the many contributions I’ve made to the state of Illinois, and I do so knowing I’ve made a difference.”

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