SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The clock is ticking for lawmakers to finish their work before the end of lame-duck session. However, many turned their attention to House Speaker Mike Madigan’s announcement that he would suspend his campaign for a 19th term as the chamber’s leader Monday.

In or out? – That’s the question many want Speaker Madigan to answer after his shocking announcement. Madigan has led the chamber 35 of the last 37 years. Now, many see this as an opportunity to get a new voice in the Speaker’s chair.

The Chicago Democrat stated he always puts the best interest of his caucus and its members first. He explained the caucus could work to find someone to get 60 votes required for Speaker. Rep. Ann Williams

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