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October 27, 2021 25 min

One of the biggest public corruption investigations in Illinois history continues. Madigan says he did nothing wrong, but he is out of politics and his political machine destroyed. We dive into the investigation, the resignations and the end of the Madigan era. Has the game changed, or do Springfield’s new power players still follow the Madigan Rule? 

Featuring exclusive interviews with former governor Jim Edgar, along with state Representative La Shawn Ford, former state Senator Heather Steans, as well as journalists Tony Arnold, Mick Dumke, Ray Long,  and Hanna Meisel all of whom covered Madigan. Former Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady is also a guest in the final episode.

Also featured is BGA editor David Kidwell, who co-led reporting for a Chicago Tribune series “The Madigan Rules,” beginning in 2010. The name of the BGA podcast was inspired by the Tribune series title. 

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