The Latest: Madigan longest-serving speaker with next term

The Latest: Madigan longest-serving speaker with next term
  1. The Latest: Madigan longest-serving speaker with next term
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The latest on the inauguration of the 100th Illinois General Assembly (all times l…
    Illinois (IL)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The latest on the inauguration of the 100th Illinois General Assembly (all times local):


11:30 a.m.

Chicago Democrat Michael Madigan would become the nation's longest-serving state House speaker in at least a century if he's elected to a 17th term and completes its two years.

Madigan — a member of the Illinois House since 1971 — has held the top job for a total of 32 years. The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform reports that Democrat Solomon Blatt of South Carolina served 33 years — from 1937 to 1946 and again from 1951 to 1973.

If chosen again after inauguration of the 100th General Assembly Wednesday, Madigan would eclipse Blatt's record halfway through his term. Madigan was elected speaker in 1983 but lost his majority from 1995 to 1997 before retaking it.

The Campaign for Political Reform found that the longest consecutive string of leadership as speaker is 30 years and belongs to Democrat Tom Murphy of Georgia, from 1973 to 2003.


Get news headlines sent daily to your inbox

Sign Up! Daily Headlines Obituaries I understand and agree t…
  1. Madison County holds ninth annual Project Homeless Connect - Illinois (IL)
    01.20 / 11:49
    EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County will hold its ninth annual Project Homeless Connect on Tuesday. The annual event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The River of Life Family Church, 3401 Continue R…
  2. Rep. Davis: Trump has tried to unify the country - Illinois
    01.20 / 10:44
    As Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th United States President on Friday, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) said he wants to see Trump try to unify the…
  3. Camanche students in Washington, D.C. for the inauguration - Illinois (IL)
    01.20 / 10:30
    It's a trip that normally takes place in March, but organizers moved it up this year so the students could take in the…
  4. Chamber honors city businesses - Jacksonville
    01.20 / 10:15
    A truck dealership, nursing home, homeless shelter and a longtime insurance businessman were honored Thursday night at the Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting at Hamilton’s. Chamber President Lisa Musch spoke about the organization’s numerous activities in 2016. “The annual meeting is a time to celebrate the past year at the chamber and look…
  5. University of Illinois trustees endorse plan to increase enrollment - (IL)
    01.20 / 07:28
    CHICAGO – University of Illinois' board of trustees on Thursday endorsed an ambitious plan from the system's president to increase enrollment by nearly 15 percent at its three campuses over the next five y…
  6. Forgotten Favorites Friday Gets Wicked - Illinois (IL)
    Wilson Pickett was born in Prattville, Alabama in 1941.  As a boy, he sang  in church choirs and gospel groups.   He moved to Detroit while in his teens, then sang with the Falcons from [&…
  7. PBL girls basketball loses 50-39 to Iroquois West in SVC Tournament semifinals - Illinois
    01.20 / 06:27
    WATSEKA — There were few similarities between Paxton-Buckley-Loda’s first meeting against Iroquois West and Thursday’s Sangamon Valley Conference Tournament semifinal game against the same Raiders. read more…
  8. City Club of Chicago: Liberal Arts Colleges & Universities – A Hidden Resource for Chicago and Illinois - Chicago
    01.20 / 06:25
    January 19, 2016 Liberal Arts Colleges & Universities: A Hidden Resource for Chicago and Illinois – Donna Carroll and David Parkyn Donna Carroll Donna M. Carroll is beginning her 23rd year as President of Dominican University, a comprehensive Catholic university of 3,500 students, located 10 miles west of Chicago. She is the first lay president of the institution, which was founded in 1901 by the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters. In 1997, she led the academic community through a…
  9. Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Offering Scholarships - Illinois (IL)
    01.20 / 06:13
    The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association is offering scholarships to students wishing to pursue higher education in Illinois. The ISA has offered scholarships to outstanding students since 1979. Each county in Illinois Read…
  10. LeRoy takes thriller in battle between Perry, Griffith - Illinois
    01.20 / 05:25
    FISHER — Thursday night provided a battle for the ages between Nick Perry and Zach Griffith. read m…
  11. Learning Goal Committee focuses on critical thinking - Illinois (IL)
    01.20 / 05:22
    The Learning Goal Committee convened to discuss their academic revision proposal. Learning Goal Committee member Karla Sanders said that the committee’s main purpose at this time is to find a way to implement the undergraduate learning goals in general education in a systematic way. The proposed 12-page document outlines how this can be achieved, Sanders […
  12. Committee discusses program elimination - Illinois (IL)
    01.20 / 05:22
    According to the EIU-UPI Unit A contract, the Academic Program Elimination/Reorganization Review Committee needs to receive information by Friday about each program being considered for elimination or reorganization, if it would involve the layoff of an employee. The purpose of the committee is to provide recommendations to Provost Blair Lord regarding these academic programs and…
  13. March to unite women, fight for rights - Illinois (IL)
    01.20 / 05:20
      Women from across the nation will come together to send a message to President-elect Donald Trump and his administration during the Women’s March on Washington Saturday. The Champaign County Young Democrats will echo the same message 11 a.m. Saturday during its own march from West Side Park on 400 W. University Ave to the […
  14. Video shows Park Forest officers resuscitating overdose victim - Chicago
    01.20 / 04:40
    Police officers in south suburban Park Forest were caught on camera as they came to the rescue of an opioid overdose victim, part of a growing crisis that continues to claim…
  15. 'Theatre Week' bonanza features 120 Chicago-area productions - Illinois
    01.20 / 04:36
    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Theatre Week 2017 is just weeks away and tickets are on s…
  16. 25 Illinois sites added to the national historic register - Illinois
    01.20 / 04:36
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency added 25 significant properties to the National Register of Historic Places in 2…
  17. Mild temperatures and some light rain five more days - Illinois
    01.20 / 04:36
    Mild temperatures (for mid-January) are forecast to continue in the Chicago area for five more days. Daytime readings in the 40s will be the rule, but on Saturday a push of unseasonably mild air will arrive. This should send afternoon temperatures into the middle 50s, but 60 degree-readings will occur about 75 miles south of the city. Cloudiness will also be the rule. Periods of light rain and drizzle may occur at any time in the five-day period, but are…
  18. Callie On The Job: Stand-up comedy - Illinois (IL)
    01.20 / 04:35
    CARTERVILLE -- The Carbondale Comedians are a group of comedians who got their start in Carbondale. Some of those comedians are still here locally, and others have taken their acts to places like Chicago and St.…
  19. Illinois contingent in Washington to celebrate Trump’s presidency - Chicago
    01.20 / 03:39
    WASHINGTON — On Inauguration Eve, across Washington, there was reason to party for Republicans. The Illinois State Society Heartland Ball, a bipartisan tradition, had Democrats joining in. Illinois businessmen Mark Burt and Jason Fowler traveled to Washington because they’re excited about a Donald Trump presidency. “Hopefully our country will come together and our economics will improve and we’ll put more people to work,” Burt said. But noticeably absent were key members o…
  20. Road to Recovery: A local mom sharing a message of hope after battling an opioid addiction - Illinois
    01.20 / 03:22
    The heroin epidemic is happening all across the nation, including right here in Central Illinois, affecting people of every socioeconomic status. That's the message a Champaign County woman is trying to spread while sharing her story of…