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John Cullerton

President, Illinois Senate

Age: 66

Everyone focuses on Mike Madigan as the chokepoint where Democrats can stymie Bruce Rauner. But don’t forget Cullerton and his 39-member supermajority. He is just as potent as Madigan for potentially hamstringing the new governor on any budget cuts or labor-unfriendly initiatives that Rauner might push at the statehouse.

Photo: Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune

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