Madigan Has No Position on the Gerrymandering Amendment, but Wants the Obama Library

On the push for a gerrymandering amendment in Illinois, House Speaker Michael Madigan has no position for or against.

Illinois is on the verge of giving voters the chance to end gerrymandering and, remarkably, no group or individual has emerged with plans to challenge the effort.

A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan — who as head of the Illinois Democratic Party has the most to lose if the measure succeeds — says Madigan has not taken an official position on the the Yes for Independent Maps ballot petition for a constitutional amendment.


However, Madigan does have a strong position on the movement to bring President Barack Obama's Presidential Library to Chicago. Although three spots in Chicago are vying for the spot and the general consensus is only one spot from Illinois should compete for it against locations in Hawaii and New York City, Madigan is getting the ball rolling on the recruitment process by championing a measure in the House that would set aside $100 million in funds for the library.


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roger hawrylicz April 20, 2014 at 04:02 PM
Judith is being sarcastic but everything she said about the "good old days" wouldn't be a bad place to start as far as taking our city back from all the welfare crack whores and bringing civility and order back into our lives and public education.
Kim Johnson April 20, 2014 at 05:24 PM
Its amazing that the republicons are now upset about gerrymandering, but thought it was just fine when they controlled, in fact they perfected it! And Roger? What crack whores? Rauner? Chicago Civic Federation? Chamber of Commerce? GE, Catepillar? The ones that think its just fine to steal as long as you wear a tie?
Jacob Matthews April 20, 2014 at 07:50 PM
The system is flawed and failed. Yes, by all mean bring back days when kids could leave their bikes in the front lawn and run in for a drink. Bring back the days when politicians weren't closing parks because the basketball hoops invited crime. Bring back the days when kids could gather without risk of going to jail. Bring back the days when you could trust the cop on the beat. I pity anyone, mine included, who has the task of raising a child in a world of political injustice and internet bullying. This parents today jump on the band wagon and attack yet their precious little ones are without flaws. Life has yet to come full circle. Beware the evil that dwells within.
roger hawrylicz April 20, 2014 at 08:49 PM
Well Kim Johnson,I mean the crack whores with their Obama phones who start having babies out of wedlock to start the cycle of welfare payments and all the freebies that come with it so they can raise the future gangbangers that make the city what it is today. Are you really that blind that you cant see the truth? I pity you and the people like you
Jacob Matthews April 20, 2014 at 11:34 PM
Wow Roger, well said. I too, pity the narrow minded.


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