How the Dems Outgrew Mike Madigan – Chicago Magazine – Chicagomag.com

Ousting him as House speaker is just the beginning of the party’s renovation. Next up: ditching him and his outdated tactics from the chairmanship.
When Michael Madigan was elected chairman of the Illinois Democrats in 1998, the party’s two-seat majority in the state House of Representatives was its lone source of power. Republicans controlled the governorship, all the statewide offices, and the state Senate. The congressional delegation was tied, 10 to 10. Today, the Democrats have it all, dominating the state more thoroughly than at any time since before the Civil War, when the Republican Party didn’t exist.
Much of that dominance is due to political trends that have transformed Illinois from a swing state to a blue state. But Madigan’s ruthless yen for power deserves some credit, too. The recently ousted House speaker’s legendary 2011 gerrymander, which led to supermajorities in both houses of the legislature, “punched his ticket to the partisan hall of fame,” according to Politico.
A hall of fame, though, is for retired players. More and more of Madigan’s fellow Democrats — including Governor J.B. Pritzker, Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, and U.S. representative Robin Kelly — believe it’s time for him to step down from the party chairmanship, even though his term runs until 2022. They say his ethical issues, especially the ComEd bribery scandal, have cost the party House seats and helped sink the so-called Fair Tax. “Every day that Madigan remains chairman is another day we are focused on Madigan’s controversies instead of our critical electoral contests,” Cook County clerk of the circuit court Iris Martinez said last year.
Madigan’s critics also say his door-to-door campaign methods, which he learned as a ward committeeman in Mayor Richard J. Daley’s Cook County Democratic machine, are anachronistic in an era of text messages and social media. Until recently, the 78-year-old Madigan did not use a cellphone. He raised money for the party and his daughter Lisa’s attorney general campaigns through a “friends of family” program, which consisted of asking politicos and lobbyists for their Christmas card lists. As 13th Ward committeeman, he dispatched his loyal precinct captains (a.k.a. the Madigoons) to knock on doors for Democrats in suburban swing districts.
“I haven’t seen a lot of investment in new technology as well as new ways of doing campaigns,” says 19-year-old wunderkind political staffer Eli Stone, who ran the peer-to-peer texting program of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s campaign, recruiting more than 100 volunteers and writing scripts for them to text to voters from their personal accounts. Stone, who was born four years after Madigan became chairman, would like to see the party adopt a similar strategy. (Already in the digital era is Pritzker, who targeted voters with Spotify ads.) Even the party’s efforts to embrace technology are clumsy. On the front page of its website: a large photo of Madigan at a St. Patrick’s Day parade, above the legend “The Chairman’s Record.” The party’s Twitter feed, @demsforillinois, has only 3,300 followers, less than a fifth of @ILGOP.
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When Stone worked for former state representative Yoni Pizer, the campaign didn’t take the party’s money, because that was seen as taking Madigan’s money. To voters, the chairman is the party. When Stone knocked on doors for Representative Bob Morgan, a Democrat from Highwood, “the No. 1 thing I heard was, ‘Does he support the speaker?’ ” (Morgan was one of 19 representatives who declared he would not vote for Madigan as speaker, helping to end his 36-year run in the office.)
As party chairman, Madigan has made protecting the Democrats’ House majority his top goal, says former state representative John Fritchey, who served in Madigan’s House from 1997 to 2011. Madigan is a master at raising money from Democratic special interest groups, such as unions and trial lawyers, and funneling it to his members. Rich Miller wrote on the Capitol Fax blog that “Madigan mainly used the Democratic Party of Illinois as a postage discount machine for his House campaigns. The chairmanship saved the Dems hundreds of thousands of dollars per cycle in postage costs,” because state parties are allowed to mail literature at nonprofit rates. That focus on the House has prevented the party from investing in local races to build a “farm team,” and from demonstrating to voters that the Democrats stand for something beyond winning elections.
“It’s tough to look at the Democratic Party of Illinois as truly a statewide apparatus,” Fritchey says. “It could have been aptly renamed the Democratic House Majority Committee. The party should not solely be a political apparatus. It should be a clearinghouse of events, information, and seminars to motivate voters and let them know what the party is about.”
State representative Will Guzzardi, who also participated in the revolt against Madigan, does not expect him to remain as party chairman now that he’s lost the speakership: “It’s difficult for me to imagine him performing some of those roles and not all of them.” The party’s success over the past two decades, though, means it no longer needs Madigan. Now that Democrats dominate the suburbs, Fritchey says, “gerrymandering is not as important as it used to be.” With Democrats controlling all levers of power in Springfield, “funders aren’t going to go away,” Stone says. “Unions aren’t going to stop supporting Democrats.”
Madigan is a victim of his own success in other ways, too. Most of the representatives who revolted against his speakership are from suburban districts that he helped flip from Republican to Democratic but that can’t abide his Chicago-style political tactics. Madigan has run the Illinois Democratic Party like a machine boss, but the machine has had its day in Illinois, and so has he.
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How can everyone else get past a Republican Party that censures a House Rep for speaking out against Trump? That clings to failed economic policies? That is incapable of negotiating on choice.
Mike Madigan’s friends and neighbors program was devised from the friends of friends program from the late Robert L Ryan sr, my father who ran my independent campaigns against the Madigan candidates in the the 79th legislative district. Ask Rich Miller (capital fax) about his great article, “If Mike Mike Madigan can’t beat an ill funded….” Once ejected ask Former Representative Kurt Gramburg about my conversation with him (it was short with his response saying, Ryan don’t talk like that” saying I’ll nominate myself for Speaker if you can get me a second”. My mother was the first Democratic elected women in Thornton Townshio, being the too vote getter. She carried the first elected Democratic slate in the bigest township in Il. She took the Committeeman , Representative Frank Giglio to court charging extortion of campaign funds to be slated. My parents were friends of the likes of Adlai Stevenson, Abner Mikva, and Tony Scariono. My dad ran Daley’s suburban cook county campaign for States Attorneys campaign against the party’s endorsed candidate, Tom Tulley. My Independent Democratic parents were instrumental in gettingCongressman Marty Russo elected and were always engaged in fighting fir the @best person” . As a matter of fact they were sometimes at odds. My dad supported Mr Stevenson for Governor and my mom did a TV commercial for Jim Thompson , noting “I’m a Democrat but I’m voting for Jim Thompson”. Ironically, when serving in the legislature, routinely I heard comments, @your parents supported Daley when he wasn’t the party’s candidate and your mom supported Jim Thompson, MIKE MADIGAN WAS THE DINAKD TRUMP OF ILLINOIS! My money Mike Madigan was ruthless and it was his highway or the highway. I was the only Democratic Representative to not endorse his daughter for States Attorney. I can go on and on snd I routinely contemplate weighting a book. I have boxes of old newspaper articles and letters from the likes of Stevenson and Mikva. Sadly my parents and I are like not household names but that’s ok because they and I will always hold our head hi knowing we did the right thing and not the then popular thing. We slept well at night and lived by my dads model, “ son once you play the game you will always be forced to always play the game”. I REALLY APPRECIATED A CALL YEARS BACK FROM AN FBI AGENT IN 2003(?) inquiring about Madigan asking for money. That agent said quote “I was told that if anyone would tell the truth it would be Ryan, he is a chip if the block of his late father”. Mike Madigan has finally got his day. FYI, my father list as an independent Representative candidate in a costly recount by 13 1/2 votes in the 70s and my grandfather wasRepresentative from Chicago for nearly 4o years. I got redistricted out of my seat in favor of Miller why’s wife now serves as cook county commissioner. I appreciate your articles. Lastly, have to get in , during one of my campaigns, my dad asked William Fillan ( Madigans former Chief of Staff) I need to know what it takes to win and his response was, Bob , you taught me all that I know”. God bless my late father and gif bless my 89 year old life king Democrat mother to who I am now her primary caregiver. I apologize for rambling or grammatical mistakes because I am at dialysis. Ian fighting for my life begging fir a kidney. Thank you fir according the opportunity to vent. I have an whole lot if history about Illinois politics and the “system” ( right /wring)I have lived a life of it was a bank examiner, village trustee.and a bank examiner. Did you know that former congressman Mary Russo’s candidacy was chosen by a coin flip at an American Legion between two young attorneys by “who’s going to run and loose”. Thank you Nixon!
Again thanks, have to go! Please start covering the dire need for an enhanced organ donor network. There is likely a lot of things that can be done! I have reached out fruitlessly , with ideas to firmer colleagues and they have no use for the average joe off the street. Let’s get the dialogue started and we need to rise up and start ejected statesman again and not cowards and Jackie’s, Americans political system will deservingly become the laughing stock of the world if we don’t change its course. Thank you and god bless!
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With the complete dominance of the state’s government, top to bottom for the past decades can you really criticize how the success was earned? The trend does not look to change. With all the current strife the supermajority still stands.
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