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Congressmen Weigh in on Deleting Lieutenant Gov Office

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Prominent Illinois Democrats want to talk about a hole in the party’s ballot with House Speaker Mike Madigan. Congressman Jesse Jackson Junior wants Madigan to lead a transparent process to vet lieutenant governor candidates.

JACKSON: Among the considerations are geographical considerations, gender-based consideration, racial-based considerations. A public record by a candidate who might be able to carry the democratic ticket along with Pat Quinn to victory in the fall.

Jackson and other members of the Democratic State Central Committee say Madigan’s proposal to do away with the lieutenant governor post could hurt Democrats in future elections. Madigan’s plan came after a primary election embarrassment where a little-known Democrat with a problematic personal history won the seat.

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