Connections Earn $$$$$
- For 30 years, Steve Brown has been the voice of Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan — a press secretary whose pronouncements often provide the only insight into the thinking of one of the state’s most powerful politicians.
But Madigan’s top aide has never been a state employee, unlike the people handling similar duties elsewhere in Illinois government.
Instead, Brown works for Madigan under a lucrative contract that lets Brown also do consulting work for other clients that rely on Madigan and the Illinois General Assembly for funding, records examined by the Chicago Sun-Times show.
Brown’s clients include a state agency and a state university. They also include a private nurse-assistant training program called New Start Inc. whose state funding more than doubled over two years, records show.
Lots of coincidences in Illinois politics. The only question we have is, "Why now?" and the answer comes to us, "Because Rauner has made it his mission to paint Madigan and his cabal as the bad guy." To which we say, "Long overdue - and good luck."
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