Calling Madigan.


“Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. With kindest personal regards, I remain sincerely yours, Michael Madigan.”; (773) 581-8000 or (217) 782-5350.

I made myself a cup of coffee and sat down at my kitchen counter. It doubles as my office.

This morning I was going to call Democratic Party Chairman and House Speaker Michael Madigan.

He had written a letter to the We Are One coalition of public employee unions saying that he had no time to meet with them about pensions.

No time?

Well, maybe he had time to talk to me.

Coffee made, I was ready to call.

Either he was so swamped with phone calls or he preemptively turned off his Capitol office phone.

After a half hour of working the speed redial I gave up.

I wrote him an email: “Speaker Madigan, As a retired teacher and a member of the Illinois Education Association I am disappointed at your refusal to meet with the leaders of the state’s public employee unions to find a real solution to the pension problem.”

And then I called his Chicago office.

A woman answered and said she would record my message.


Like tape record?

Nah. She probably meant make a note of.

11 thoughts on “Calling Madigan.

  1. try texting him, or better yet tweet him. or if all else fails go to one of his tribute dinners and get in line with all the folks who just want to touch the hem of his garment.

  2. I waited for one busy signal but talked to a live person at the Springfield number around nine thirty this morning. Maybe they know your number Fred.

  3. At 10:30am, I got right through to a very nice person. I told him all about how I felt, sorry about 7 minutes and he than took down my name.

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