At Issue: Can All The Dems Get Along In Illinois Government?

Craig Dellimore
November 08, 2018 - 9:21 pm

Heather Cherone, managing editor of the Daily Line, and BGA Political Analyst Andy Shaw, with Craig Dellimore. (WBBM Newsradio)


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Democrats will control both houses of the Illinois Legislature and the governor’s mansion next year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there won’t be a power struggle.

Heather Cherone, managing editor of the Daily Line, notes House Speaker Michael Madigan again has a veto-proof majority. Political Analyst Andy Shaw of the BGA notes Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker has enough money to fund candidates, as the speaker has done up to now. 

Cherone said she looks forward to covering the relationship between Madigan and Pritzker. Each is a political force to be reckoned with.

With veto-proof majorities, both Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton could say "no thank you" to anything on Pritzker's wish list, though that is not likely, Shaw said.

Meantime, Pritzker could fund challengers to the leaders' allies if he wished, though that isn't likely either.

"He's not Rauner," says Shaw, referring to ousted Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

What should be legislative priorities?

Cherone said younger voters were coming to the polls in higher numbers, and they are interested in tax changes and things like legalization of marijuana.

“At Issue” airs 9:30 p.m. Sunday on WBBM Newsradio.