Better Government Association to launch new podcast

The story of Michael Madigan, the most powerful and controversial politician in modern Illinois history, will be told by the Better Government Association in a five-part limited-edition podcast, “The Madigan Rule.” Governors and lawmakers who have worked with and against Madigan, and reporters who covered him, tell how he ruled Illinois – for better and for worse.

The series features exclusive interviews with former Governors Bruce Rauner, Pat Quinn, George Ryan and Jim Edgar, as well as State Representative Kelly Cassidy (14th) and former State Representative Ken Dunkin (5th), As well as reporters Rick Pearson, Amanda Vinicky, Dave McKinney and Ray Long, who all covered Madigan. Alaina Hampton, who filed a reprisal complaint after going public with allegations of sexual harassment against the Madigan political operation, is interviewed.

BGA Editors David Kidwell and John Chase, who edited a Chicago Tribune series ‘The Madigan Rules’ reporting from 2010. The name of the BGA podcast was inspired by the series title Tribune. On the BGA podcast, veteran radio producer and host Justin Kaufmann talks with people about Madigan’s rise to power and the hold it held over state government for nearly half a century. . The podcast also covers the broad federal corruption investigation that has targeted Madigan, although he has not been charged with any felony.

“Mike Madigan is one of the singular figures in Illinois history, and we wanted to tell his story in a new way, via podcast, drawing on the voices of those who worked with and against him, who hated him, respected him, admired him and feared him. Said David Greising, President and CEO of BGA.

Podcast listeners can contact the BGA by email at [email protected] to provide comments and ideas for future podcasts.

The first two episodes will be released on October 6, and each subsequent episode will be released weekly. To listen to the podcast, visit


The Better Government Association is a non-partisan, non-profit news organization and civic advocate working for transparency, fairness and accountability in the government of Chicago and Illinois. The BGA uncovers waste and wrongdoing in government, holds elected officials accountable, advocates for open cases and meetings, advocates for good government, and empowers residents to engage and act. To learn more about the Better Government Association, please visit


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