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Lawsuit vs Madigan over alleged dirty election tricks vs primary opponent given new life

Scott Holland and Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 13, 2017, 6:13pm

After failing to unseat one of Illinois’ most powerful politicians at the ballot box, then hitting roadblocks in the courts, Jason Gonzales has received new life in his legal battle against Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and some of his supporters. This week, U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly granted Gonzales’ request to alter his original judgment, and revisit the lawsuit brought against Madigan.

District court tosses campaign-sabotage case against House Speaker Madigan for insufficient evidence

Glenn Minnis Jun. 28, 2017, 2:59pm

A federal judge has denied the attempt by a former challenger to powerful Ill. House Speaker Michael Madigan to resurrect his legal action against Madigan and several of his political allies, alleging the lawmaker and his political associates imrproperly conspired to sabotage his 2016 Democratic primary election campaign.

Rauner seeks court guidance on what to do with illegally hired patronage workers in wake of special report

Jonathan Bilyk May 2, 2017, 9:04pm

In the wake of a scathing report from a court-appointed “special master” empowered to investigate political hiring abuses under former Gov. Pat Quinn, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and other state officials and lawmakers, current Gov. Bruce Rauner has asked for the court’s guidance on whether those improperly hired, thanks to political connections, should now be able to use collective bargaining agreements to leverage the experience they gained in those positions to land in different positions or even move up in the state’s employment ranks.

Judge: No evidence Madigan, allies improperly used expunged records to smear 2016 primary foe

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 15, 2017, 4:10pm

A man who launched an ill-fated primary election challenge of Michael J. Madigan, arguably the most powerful politician in Illinois, has again lost to the Speaker of the State House of Representatives, after a federal judge tossed out his lawsuit alleging Madigan and his political allies violated his constitutional rights by conspiring to smear his name and undercut his campaign.

IL high court's remap rehearing denial erects 'roadblock that seems insurmountable' to reform: Dissent

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 20, 2016, 3:56pm

Saying the Illinois Supreme Court missed out on an opportunity to provide helpful guidance to citizens seeking to exercise their constitutional rights, as well as to more fully explain its decision in light of longstanding precedent, the man who will serve as the court’s next chief justice, together with two of his colleagues on the state high court, teed off on the court majority’s decision to simply deny a request to rehear arguments over a proposed amendment intended to rewrite the ways Illin

IL Supreme Court strikes remap effort; dissenters say redistricting reform now all but impossible

The Cook County Record Aug. 26, 2016, 11:26am

By a 4-3 decision, the Illinois Supreme Court declared unconstitutional a proposed constitutional amendment to change the way Illinois draws its legislative districts. The decision prompted dissenting justices to declare 'meaningful reform' of the redistricting process all but impossible under the legal reasoning of the majority.

Cook Co. judge blocks redistricting amendment from Nov. ballot; case headed to IL Supreme Court

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 20, 2016, 1:02pm

A Cook County judge has, for now, blocked voters from having the chance to decide whether the state should rewrite the rules by which state lawmakers’ districts are drawn. And supporters of the proposed Independent Map Amendment said they intended to immediately take the matter to the Illinois Supreme Court.

Group connected to Madigan, Emanuel sues to block redistricting amendment from ballot

Jonathan Bilyk May 12, 2016, 5:50pm

An attorney connected to powerful Democratic Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan has filed suit in Cook County Circuit Court to block a referendum from landing on the ballot, which would ask Illinois voters to reform the way Illinois creates the legislative districts from which state lawmakers are elected.

Durkin: Workers comp compromise could be key to unlock budget impasse in Springfield

Mark Fitton - Illinois News Network Feb. 22, 2016, 11:16pm

SPRINGFIELD — House Minority Leader Jim Durkin on Monday suggested the workers’ compensation system might be the point where Republicans and Democrats get together and start breaking the month-long impasse that has left Illinois without a budget.