‘Blood in the water?’ Unfazed Madigan hits the phones, wary Democrats defect and potential successors jockey

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan talks on his cellphone during an extended session of the Illinois House of Representatives at the Bank of Springfield Center in May. | Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP file Politically wounded by the

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Pritzker says Madigan must ‘answer every last question’ or resign — but leaves speaker decision to lawmakers

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, left, addresses the City Club of Chicago in 2015; Gov. J.B. Pritzker, right, speaks at an event on the Northwest Side last week. | Rich Hein, Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times file “Written statements and dodged investigatory

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Why Rep. Cheri Bustos won’t seek another term as chair of Democratic House political operation

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks to reporters alongside Rep. Cheri Bustos, chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, at the Democratic National Committee headquarters last week. | J. Scott Applewhite | Getty Images Bustos won another term last week with

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