Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan unsure how long he’ll remain state Democratic chair as he picks 26-year-old successor

CHICAGO — Former Speaker Michael Madigan said Sunday he hasn’t made a decision on how long he will continue as state Democratic Party chairman as he installed a 26-year-old constituent services worker as his successor for the Illinois House seat he vacated Thursday. Madigan, who was deposed last month by his Democratic colleagues after 36 years as speaker, also said that after a 50-year legislative career, he didn’t believe he had stayed around too long. “I don’t think so,” he told reporters. “Others may disagree.” Madigan’s comments came after a nearly two-hour meeting in the ballroom of the …

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