Former Speaker Mike Madigan Resigns From Illinois House

The news comes just one month after Madigan lost his bid to remain speaker — a position he held for decades.

Former Speaker Mike Madigan Resigns From Illinois House
Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, walks out of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's office during veto session at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Springfield, Ill. Seth Perlman/AP Photo / Associated Press
Former Speaker Mike Madigan Resigns From Illinois House
Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, walks out of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's office during veto session at the Illinois State Capitol Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Springfield, Ill. Seth Perlman/AP Photo / Associated Press

Former Speaker Mike Madigan Resigns From Illinois House

The news comes just one month after Madigan lost his bid to remain speaker — a position he held for decades.

Longtime Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan on Thursday announced he’s resigning from office at the end of February. The 78-year-old Democrat has been a fixture and a power player in Springfield for half a century, but questions about his ties to the ComEd bribery scandal laid him low in recent years.

Reset looks back on Madigan’s reign in Springfield and gets reaction from state lawmakers.

GUESTS: Dave McKinney, WBEZ state politics reporter

Rep. LaShawn Ford (D-Chicago)

Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon), Illinois House Deputy Minority Leader