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How Michael Madigan left an impact as speaker of the House on the Illinois General Assembly

The man called “the Real Governor of Illinois” by Chicago Magazine is gone as speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, but Michael Madigan's impact on the institution and the state — good or bad — will remain, observers say.
The new speaker, Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, described what he saw as the Chicago Democrat's positive influence on Illinois for more than 30 years when Welch was elected Jan. 13 as the chamber's first Black speaker.
“While our state has many problems, our schools are better, more children have access to health care, and our working-class families can more easily live the American Dream thanks to the strong leadership of Speaker Madigan,” Welch said during his acceptance speech.
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