Madigan’s rise and fall: From the back of a dump truck to the political driver’s seat — to the side of the road

House Speaker Michael Madigan discusses electric rates legislation during a rare “Committee of the Whole” joint session of the General Assembly in 2007. | Seth Perlman/AP file Among Illinois’ last remaining old-school Machine bosses, Michael Madigan saw an abrupt end

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From ‘kid from the woods’ to Mr. Speaker, Welch aims to engage legislators and inspire ‘every Black boy and girl out there’

House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch at the Bank of Springfield Center on Wednesday. | Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP Welch, 49, has already accomplished the first thing on his agenda, which was to sit down with staff and

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