Madigan is delivering for our community and standing up for us.
Michael Madigan was born and raised in the same community he serves today. He raised his own family here, and has never stopped working on behalf of the community he calls home.
Madigan learned about service at a young age: His father was ward superintendent for their Southwest Side neighborhood, and when his father passed unexpectedly, the younger Madigan stepped up to ensure local residents would still get their snow shoveled, streets plowed and trash collected.
Madigan continues to serve the people of his community, maintaining a top-rated constituent service office. Madigan’s office helps hundreds of seniors clear snow after winter storms and he makes sure homebound residents get check-in calls during extreme hot or cold weather.
While the city can take weeks to remove graffiti, Madigan’s office operates its own graffiti blaster and has a full-time team that removes graffiti as soon as it is reported.
Madigan is also working to provide property tax relief to local homeowners by hosting regular tax appeal seminars, helping local seniors receive tax exemptions and working with local residents to reclaim more than $1 million in overpaid taxes.
Madigan was first elected as a delegate to the 1970 state Constitutional Convention and then as a state Representative the same year. As Speaker of the House, Madigan has worked to build consensuses, improve the quality of life for residents across all regions of Illinois and address Illinois’ most pressing issues in a cooperative and bipartisan manner. He advocates for honest, efficient government and has fought to strengthen the financial security of middle-class families. Under his leadership, the Legislature has enacted sweeping ethics laws, the first campaign finance limits in state history, and needed reforms to the state budget process and workers’ compensation system.
Madigan helped form the Illinois Power Authority, which produced a $1 billion refund for consumers and has cut utility costs by $2 billion.
While Governor Rauner would cut middle-class wages to pad the profits of huge corporations and slash workplace protections to further enrich big insurance companies, Madigan is leading efforts to grow the economy by lifting up the middle class. Madigan is fighting to level the playing field for small- and medium-sized employers, invest in businesses that invest in Illinois, and help families keep more of what they earn by expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit. And he is demanding millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share in order to provide fair funding for local schools.
Madigan is a graduate of Notre Dame and Loyola University Law School. He and his wife, Shirley, have three daughters, a son and four grandchildren.