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Chicago magazine profiles Michael Madigan, whose 29 years as Illinois House speaker will soon make him the the longest-tenured House speaker in the nation's history.

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Michael Madigan (Chicago magazine)


"Madigan is famous for reading every bill and every line of the state’s $34 billion budget. Nothing gets passed without his blessing. “He knows members’ bills better than they do,” says Jack Franks, a Democratic state representative from Woodstock. “He knows more about the workings of the General Assembly than anyone, on any issue, at any time.”

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