The Chicago Tribune refers to Speaker Michael Madigan as Mr. 16%. This is based on Madigan’s approval ratings. [Exerpts below - emphasis mine]
Michael Madigan has spent 42 of his 70 years in the Illinois House, two-thirds of them as speaker. That alone attests to his ability to mastermind the election of fellow Democrats who in turn elect him leader of their chamber.
Michael Madigan’s Illinois has become one of the deadbeat states its residents once could mock.
He crowns loyalists, crushes opponents.
But in the public space he monopolizes, he punishes this broke and broken state. Illinois’ finances — its ability to pay bills, its pension obligations, its taxes, its barrel-bottom credit rating, its discouragement to employers — have debilitated its present and future.
Madigan’s reaction is to lament, as would a victim, the crises he helped cause — and has the influence to solve. At the federal level, the senatorial Gang of Eight works to avoid a fiscal cliff, and presidential candidates clash over debt. In Illinois, Madigan and his fellow leaders haven’t had significant talks about their pension debacle in months.
Madigan is the single biggest reason Illinois is in this fiscal mess in the first place. He is also the single biggest roadblock to turning Illinois around.
Here are more of the polling numbers on Madigan from the Tribune:
- 16 % favorable
- 35 % unfavorable
- 40 % have no opinion
Polling numbers on Madigan’s Job performance:
- 22 % approve
- 40 %disapprove
- 38 %have no opinion.