Michael Madigan builds power from the ground up — and sometimes from the basement

Outside his home district, Madigan is seen by many Illinois voters as a symbol of corrupt, old-school politics. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner continues to bash him as the cause of the state’s financial woes. As other political bosses have fallen, even some Democrats have distanced themselves from Madigan, though he’s the longtime chairman of the state Democratic Party.

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