Illinois House speaker's hand-picked successor resigns just three days after being installed

CHICAGO — Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s hand-picked successor for the legislative seat he held for a half-century resigned Wednesday, just three days after being appointed and hours after Madigan called on him to step down. The episode involving 26-year-old Edward Guerra Kodatt, a now-former assistant in 13th Ward Alderman Marty Quinn’s office, represents a significant and unusual embarrassment for the ex-speaker, who has been meticulous about trying to avoid controversy in the ward and district public service operation he has run for decades. The resignation followed a state…

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