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28. Lisa Madigan

Lisa Madigan

AGE: 45
OCCUPATION: Attorney general, State of Illinois

The stepdaughter of House Speaker Michael Madigan (No. 4) made headlines in January when she sued Standard & Poor’s for fraud. But her real power rests in her popularity. Any Illinois Democrat considering a run for governor, attorney general, or the U.S. Senate must start by asking one question: “What’s Lisa doing?” Unlike some other political brats, Madigan is smart and competent, and she may be the party’s best candidate for governor in 2014—if her stepfather retires. Not even Illinois will accept the same family running the governor’s office and the legislature.

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2 years ago
Posted by JPZingher

Lisa Madigan and Pat Quinn have corruption problems that dwarf Rod Blagojevich and George Ryan together. A seemingly small issue in Rockford exposes a statewide problem that Lisa Madigan, Pat Quinn, Mike Madigan, and John Cullerton have been working very hard to hide from the public to keep the banking industry happy. Every so often, someone is forced to give up their PIN and ATM card and then killed so the killer can clean out their bank account. Data from the Rockford PD shows that somewhere between 3 and 6% of all murders in Illinois involved this crime pattern. That’s 22 to 44 murders in 2010. In order to protect the ATM business model, they’ve even blocked legislation that would expose the problem and help catch the individual killers. Pat Quinn or Lisa Madigan could simply order the state police to disclose the data, but they won’t. As the matter is exposed in other states, people will start asking how it could have gone like this for so long, and the only conclusion is pretty ugly.

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