Madigan reaches dubious distinction, GOP contends
A milestone for House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) should be marked with a gravestone for Illinois' economy, the Illinois Republican Party suggested recently.
Madigan recently reached 11,897 days as speaker, making him the longest-serving House leader in U.S. history.
"Are you better off today than you were 11,897 days ago?" the Illinois GOP posted on Facebook. "Mike Madigan has been speaker for over 32 years – and has ruined our state. The infamous career politician, who has presided over the destruction of Illinois' credit rating and record high taxes, has been in Springfield for well over four decades."
According to the GOP's quote from the Chicago Tribune, Madigan broke the record tenure when he reached his 11,894th day.
"Madigan – first elected speaker in 1983 – outlasted former South Carolina Speaker Solomon Blatt's 11,893-day tenure, until now regarded as the longest tenure by the National Conference of State Legislators," the GOP said in the Tribune report.