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Democrat Mike Madigan Suspends Campaign for Illinois House Speaker

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Democrat Mike Madigan Suspends Campaign for Illinois House Speaker

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Longtime Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan said Monday he’s suspended his campaign for the post in the next term. “This is not a withdrawal,” Madigan, a Democrat, said in a statement. “I have suspended my campaign for Speaker. As I have said many times in the past, I have always put the best interest of the House Democratic Caucus and our members first. The House Democratic Caucus can work to find someone, other than me, to get 60 votes for Speaker.” Madigan, a Democrat, has spent decades as speaker, with a 2-year gap when Republicans briefly took control of the House in the mid-90s. Democrats still hold a 73-35 majority in the new legislative session, which begins Wednesday, but must find a candidate for speaker who can get 60 votes. Reps. Ann Williams, Stephanie Kifowit, and Kathleen Willis are vying to win the race. “We are united behind that we …

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