Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is regularly referred to as the most powerful politician in Illinois. He's also one of the most written-about, most controversial and least understood.
So who is Madigan, and what really motivates the "man behind the fiscal fiasco in Illinois," as a new Reuters article puts it?
Here with a portrait of Madigan and his power is Reuters reporter Dave McKinney.
Feb. 15: Even as Illinois staggers on, rudderless without a budget, Gov. Bruce Rauner was faced Wednesday with laying out a fiscal path forward. Read the governor’s address, annotated.
Jan. 11: Michael Madigan wins an unprecedented 17th term as Illinois House Speaker, and the Republican Party is already undermining its own calls for bipartisanship.
Oct. 13, 2016: A new documentary about Michael Madigan is playing now in select theaters. What it reveals about the powerful House speaker, and who is behind it.