SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Michael Madigan
has been easily re-elected to another term as speaker of the Illinois House.
The newest Illinois House was sworn into office Wednesday. House lawmakers
held their ceremony at the University
of Illinois at Springfield. The Senate held its ceremony at
Madigan is a Chicago Democrat who has held the position of House speaker
almost continuously since 1983. The exception was a two-year period in the
1990s when Republicans had control of the House.
Madigan is arguably the most powerful Democrat in Illinois. He also serves as chairman of the
Illinois Democratic Party.
He is also a senior partner at a law firm in Chicago. One of his daughters is Illinois
Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who was at Wednesday's ceremony.
Republican Tom Cross was re-elected minority leader.