Full documentary is scheduled for an October release, and takes an unprecedented look at the life of Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan.
CHICAGO (Sept. 15, 2016) – Illinois Policy Action released the trailer today for an upcoming documentary “Madigan: Power. Privilege. Politics.” This informational documentary takes an unprecedented look at the life and influence of Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, one of the state’s most powerful political figures of all time.
Illinois is one of only 14 states without term limits, and this documentary highlights the influence an officeholder can wield in the absence of term limits. Madigan is the longest-serving House Speaker in Illinois history and in the nation currently. Madigan became an Illinois legislator in 1971 and has been Speaker of the House in Illinois for all but two years since 1983. During the time Madigan has been Speaker, Illinois has had six different governors, more than 200 state senators and more than 500 state representatives.
The 60-minute documentary boasts an impressive lineup of interviews from prominent political and media figures in Illinois, including Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass, University of Illinois professor and political observer Dick Simpson, former Illinois Senate President Emil Jones, law professor and former drafter of the 1970 Illinois Constitution Ann Lousin, former state Sen. Steve Rauschenberger, Rob Blagojevich who is the brother of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, political blogger Rich Miller and others.
Screenings of the documentary will begin the second week of October. It will be available for viewing online and at select movie theaters across the state.
The trailer is available here: michaelmadigan.com