Madigan spokesman, trial bar peddle myths about workers’ comp

By Michael Lucci
Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan’s spokesman, Steve Brown, has repeatedly implied that Illinois insurance companies are hoarding cost savings. However, this couldn't be happening unless insurance companies were colluding in violation of anti-trust laws, and there's no evidence they are. Illinois trial lawyers have echoed Brown's sentiments, but they don't seem to see evidence of anti-trust violations either given that they haven't brought lawsuits against insurance companies for violating federal anti-trust law.

TAGS: John Cullerton, Mike Madigan, Steve Brown, workers compensation

Madigan uses November ‘veto session’ to push bills that would hike spending and increase regulations

By Kristina Rasmussen
On Nov. 8, voters throughout Illinois rejected politics as usual, and Democrats lost their supermajority in the Illinois House of Representatives. Nonetheless, in the first week of veto session, House Speaker Mike Madigan tried – and failed – to muster votes to override the governor’s vetoes of bills that would entail unaffordable spending in a state drowning in debt.

TAGS: Bruce Rauner, Mike Madigan, veto