Speaker Madigan's Corruption Nurtured Illinois' Pension Debt

Corrupt politicians. Public pension debt. In Illinois, both of those phrases are redundant. Standing at the crossroads of those shameful bits of local lingo is one man: Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan. Madigan's corruption could no longer be ignored when he was implicated in the federal bribery case against utility giant Commonwealth Edison. His guilt in building the state's economic collapse requires a longer look. Madigan is the longest-serving statehouse speaker in U.S. history, starting in 1983. Since 1998, he's also been the chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois. Those dual...

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