Michael Madigan resigns from Illinois House after being ousted as speaker

CHICAGO — A half-century after he was first sworn into the Illinois House from Chicago’s Southwest Side, Michael Madigan announced Thursday he would resign at the end of February, a little more than a month after he was deposed by fellow Democrats as the nation’s longest-serving statehouse speaker. In a statement, the embattled 78-year-old lawmaker, ensnarled in a federal corruption investigation, lashed out at his critics as he sought to defend his actions during his 36-year reign as House speaker. “It’s no secret that I have been the target of vicious attacks by people who sought to diminish…

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