Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan boosts his Democratic majority thanks to victories throughout the suburbs

With some races still in question days after the polls closed, Speaker Michael Madigan is on track to have as as many Democrats in the Illinois House as he has since the 1990s when Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker and lawmakers take office next year.

Madigan’s victories come despite millions of dollars in advertising fueled by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and GOP congressional candidates aimed at blaming most of the state’s ills on the longtime speaker, who called the tactic “a clear failure” in a post-election memo. The wins also follow a year in which his political and government organizations were beset by sexual harassment allegations, about which Madigan in September wrote he “didn’t do enough.”

Democrats won at least 71 seats in the Illinois House in Tuesday’s election, giving the speaker a super-majority that makes it possible for the party to pass legislation or override without Republican votes if they stick together.

Democrats have claimed victory in two more legislative races in DuPage County, which would bring Madigan’s House margin to 73 members to Republicans’ 45. That would be more than the 72 Democrats he oversaw during the 1991-92 legislative session.

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November 9, 2018 at 05:51PM

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