After losing his speakership last month, powerful Chicago Democrat Mike Madigan has announced his retirement from the House seat he has held since 1971.
On Thursday, Madigan, 78, announced that he will retire from his seat by the end of the month, according to ABC 7.
“It’s no secret that I have been the target of vicious attacks by people who sought to diminish my many achievements lifting up the working people of Illinois,” Madigan said in his statement. “The fact is, my motivation for holding elected office has never wavered. I have been resolute in my dedication to public service and integrity, always acting in the interest of the people of Illinois.”
“I leave office at peace with my decision and proud of the many contributions I’ve made to the state of Illinois, and I do so, knowing I’ve made a difference,” he added.
The scandal-plagued Chicagoland state representative’s