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Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan continues to pull the strings

Jun 4, 2011 2:08:00 PM - chicagotribune.com
Powerful House speaker ushered through measures that squeezed Republicans and boosted Democrats' futures

— In his 40th year as a lawmaker and 26th as House speaker, powerful Southwest Side Democrat Michael Madigan was the controlling force of the spring legislative session, from passage of a scaled-back state budget and punishing new political maps to a workers' compensation overhaul whose passage seemed destined for failure.

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