Madigan steps down as head of Illinois Democratic Party days after resigning legislative seat

In a matter of weeks, Michael Madigan has given up the titles that have bestowed him historic political and legislative power over Illinois for decades.

Madigan announced Monday that he’s stepped down from his position as chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois.

“Over the last two decades, we have elected a diverse array of Democrats across Illinois and helped send a hometown Chicago leader to the White House, turning Illinois into a Democratic stronghold in the Midwest,” Madigan said in a news release. “Together, we faced conservative extremism and stood up for working men and women.”

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