Saturday, May 6, 2017

CAPITOL FAX: While implying Gov. Rauner is incompetent, former Gov. Jim Edgar also gushes on House Speaker Michael Madigan. Meanwhile Rich Miller believes Madigan was a different man 20 years ago.
Edgar needs to spend more time in Springfield before he says that again. Speaker Madigan is no longer a very tough but fair negotiator like he was back in Edgar’s day. He never used to be such a staunch public employee union ally (the man fought Jim Thompson repeatedly to get some oversight of the governor’s AFSCME contract negotiations, and he passed Tier 2 and Tier 1 pension reform, for crying out loud). He was always a bigtime trial lawyer ally, but he also passed medical malpractice reform. Madigan is, in other words, a different person that he was back then.