Madigan applauds new leadership in Illinois House

Madigan applauds new leadership in Illinois House

Madigan applauds new leadership in Illinois House

Speaker Michael J. Madigan released the following statement on the election of new leadership in the Illinois House in Springfield:

“This selection of additional House Democratic leadership team members continues our caucus’ efforts to build a legislature that truly reflects the diversity of our state and prepares us to work across the aisle to address the biggest challenges facing Illinois. State Reps. Kelly Burke, Linda Chapa LaVia, Will Davis, Jehan Gordon-Booth, Jay Hoffman and Arthur Turner represent communities across our state and bring with them unique perspectives and experiences. They share a commitment to achieving the goals of our Democratic majority while also fostering bipartisan cooperation.

“Individually, these legislators have worked on some of the most complex issues including education funding, major civil and criminal justice reforms, and protecting access to critical services for women, children and the elderly. These members will help drive our caucus’ efforts to promote cooperation, take on difficult issues with an eye toward a brighter future, and put the best interests of our state first. I look forward to working with them, and appointing additional members to complete our strong, diverse leadership team in the near future.”

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Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award-winning columnist, author & former Chicago City Hall reporter (1977-1992). A veteran who served during the Vietnam War and the recipient of four SPJ Peter Lisagor Awards for column writing, Hanania writes weekly opinion columns on mainstream American & Chicagoland topics for the Southwest News-Herald, Des Plaines Valley News, the Regional News, The Reporter Newspapers, and Suburban Chicagoland.  

Hanania also writes about Middle East issues for the Arab News, and The Arab Daily News criticizing government policies in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

A critic of mainstream news media bias, Hanania advocates for peace & justice for Israel & Palestine, & the empowerment of Arabs in America. 

"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."

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