2-22-2021-10-01-36-AM-8125359

Madigan taps successor

Spread the love

Edward Guerra Kodatt named new rep in 22nd District

By Dermot Connolly

Former Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan may now have but a fraction of the power he once wielded, but last Sunday it was more than enough to choose his own successor.

Carrying some 56 percent of the weighted Democratic vote in the 22nd State Representative District, Madigan (the longtime Democratic committeeman of the 13th Ward) chose Edward Guerra Kodatt to succeed him in the Illinois General Assembly.

The vote came at the conclusion of a 10 a.m. party meeting at Madigan’s longtime headquarters, 6500 S. Pulaski.

Madigan and four other Democratic committeemenÑAar—n Ort’z (14th), Derrick Curtis (18th), Silvana Tabares (23rd) and Vincent Cainkar (Stickney Township)Ñparticipated in the selection process, which included hearing from less than a dozen people who put their names forward.

Michael Kasper, chief counsel for the Illinois Democratic Party, explained beforehand that the votes were weighted, depending on how many votes Madigan received in the 2020 election from each area. Because the majority of Madigan’s votes came from the 13th Ward (16,277), his vote was worth the most.

That was all Kodatt needed. He ended up with 63 percent, with Curtis and Cainkar adding their weighted votes to Madigan’s.

Ort’z and Tabares nominated other candidates after hearing from all 10 who attended the meeting.

For now, Madigan remains 13th Ward Democratic committeeman and leader of the Illinois Democratic Party,

“I want to thank the people of the 22nd District, all the people who have permitted me to serve first as state representative and then speaker of the House for as long as I did,” Madigan said.

He was speaker for all but two years between 1983 and 2021 making him the longest-serving leader of any state or federal legislative body in United States history. He abruptly resigned last week after House Democrats voted in Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (D-7th) to replace him as speaker.

“My operating mantra was to represent ordinary working people on the Southwest Side–people whose main interest in life is to get a decent job, be able to make a mortgage payment, provide for higher education for their children, and take care of their parents in later life,” said Madigan, 78, a lifelong Southwest Sider. “I hope my successor as state representative will continue that.”

Police family son with immigrant roots

Kodatt, who turned 26 on Saturday, lives in Garfield Ridge with his fiancŽ and has been a bilingual liaison and budget assistant in the constituent services office of Madigan and 13th Ward Ald. Marty Quinn since 2017.

He has a degree in business from Eastern Illinois University and said he is pursuing an MBA through an online program at the University of Kansas. He attended St. Turibius and St. Daniel the Prophet schools before going on to St. Rita High School.

His mother came to Chicago from Ecuador at age 8 and went on to become a Chicago Police detective for 20 years. His father also had a 30-year career as a Chicago Police officer, and his stepfather retired from a 30-year career with the department as chief of organized crime.

Through Kodatt’s work with the 13th Ward, which began with shoveling snow for residents when Quinn happened to knock on his family’s door, the new state representative said he “learned to work collaboratively with all levels of government.”

“I have seen first-hand what good I can do and want to continue my work on behalf of those people in the community as a new generation steps up to lead us into the future,” said Kodatt. He pledged to focus on helping constituents find “good paying jobs, safe neighborhoods and good education.”

“I see (my age) as an opportunity to bring new ideas and perspectives here to the Southwest Side, which is a thriving community.”

“I am ready to come into the office on Monday and get to work,” Kodatt said moments after he was sworn in by Cook County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Malone, another Southwest Sider.

Praised by Dem chiefs, community leaders

Madigan said afterward that he is confident he’s leaving the district in good hands because Kodatt “is well-versed in the issues affecting the 22nd District and has a very good knowledge of state government.”

“He’s a firecracker with a lot of great ideas,” added Curtis, explaining his support for Kodatt. He said he reminded him of himself at that age. “He has come out to help us in the 18th Ward, and with the campaigns of State Rep. Mary Flowers (D-31st) and others.”

Kodatt beat out some well-known business and community leaders on the Southwest Side who threw their hats in the ring when Madigan resigned. They included Clearing resident Anita Cummings, a founding member and Executive Director of the United Business Association of Midway, and Mary Ellen Brown, president of the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce and owner of Midway Storage and Truck Rental.

Former State Senator Robert Raica (R-24th) also put his name up for consideration.

Ort’z pointed out that the district is now 70 percent Hispanic, and he asked all the candidates was whether they would support the efforts of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus. Because ZIP codes 60629 and 60632, which the district includes, are some of the hardest hit by COVID-19 infections, he also asked all the candidates what they felt should be done to attack the problem.

Ort’z, a political protŽgŽ of U.S. Rep. Jesœs “Chuy” Garc’a (D-4th), voted for West Lawn resident Silvia Villa, a professor of Latino studies and an administrator at the University of Illinois at Chicago, with a doctorate from Princeton University.

Tabares voted for Angelica Guerrero-Cuellar, a community services volunteer who works with several non-profits in the area. The alderman said afterward that she was disappointed with what she called Kodatt’s vague answer about what bills or issues he would focus on. He did not seem to understand one question she asked in Spanish and declined to say whether he would have voted for the controversial House Bill 3653Ña criminal justice reform measure–saying he would need to read it.

Brown said she was “definitely disappointed. I thought (the process) was going to be transparent and a real opportunity to go forward. But it seems they had already picked their candidate. But we will work with him. Our goal is always to make sure our membership is represented whoever is in office. Hopefully, because he has been mentored by Madigan and Quinn, he will do well.”

Cummings said she put her name forward at the last minute because she wanted to stay involved in the community.

“I would certainly congratulate the new state representative,” she said. “I think he was articulate and bright, and he brings some new energy to the district. Mike Madigan was good to his district, and he was always good to us (in the business community). I would hope that he doesn’t forget our businesses and remember that he is standing on the shoulders of giants who went before him here. We have a lot of older people here who have worked hard to keep the district what it is, and they should be remembered.

“Kodatt can definitely expect to get an invite to speak to us at UBAM,” she added with a smile.

Southwest Side community leader Al Cacciottolo said of Kodatt, “Eddie is a good young man from a good, solid Southwest Side family. He’s a hard worker with a lot of energy. He will learn quickly in Springfield. But most important, I think he will be fair with everyone, city and suburban, regardless of who you are or where you live. That’s what everyone wants.”

Tim Hadac contributed to this story.

Local News

Chicago Police Department

Warn of burglars in Garfield Ridge

Spread the love

Spread the loveFrom staff reports A cluster of residential burglaries in Garfield Ridge has prompted police to issue a warning to the community. Crime scenes include: 5200 block of South Normandy on Jan. 1. 5600 block of South Mobile on Jan. 7. 5300 block of South Mason on Jan. 10. 6000 block of West 60th Street…

Sean Casten

Casten scolds sheriff on new gun control law

Spread the love

Spread the loveSays he can’t pick which laws to enforce By Tim Hadac U.S. Rep. Sean Casten (D-6th) and several other Democratic members of the state’s Congressional delegation recently sent a letter to DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick, expressing concern over his Jan. 13 statement that he will not enforce the Protect Illinois Communities Act…

Muhammad

Bust accused shooter in Clearing

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Tim Hadac Chicago Police and the Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force visited Clearing late last month to apprehend a man wanted in connection with a West Side shooting. Shaheer Muhammad, 24 of the 3800 block of West Grenshaw, was arrested on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at a home in the 6000 block…

illinois income tax form - Copy

2023 Illinois tax filing season now open

Spread the love

Spread the loveFrom staff reports The Illinois Department of Revenue began accepting 2022 state individual income tax returns on Monday, the same date that the Internal Revenue Service began accepting federal individual income tax returns. “Taxpayers are encouraged to file electronically as early as possible in the tax season and choose direct deposit in order…

Palos Park Police Officer Ross Chibe, shown at a village council meeting in 2021, and the Palos Park force are staying on top of a sextortion scam that has become prevalent. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Palos Park tries to stay ahead of the curve on sextortion scams

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva The Palos Park Police Department is trying to stay ahead of a disturbing trend that has not been talked about publicly very much. When it comes to the topic of sextortion scams, the Palos Park police are monitoring things very closely and Detective Ross Chibe was called on to provide…

Funeral-Flowers.4 logo

Obituaries January 26, 2022

Spread the love

Spread the loveTHOMAS A. BEEMSTERBOER Thomas A. Beemsterboer, age 71, passed away January 1. Beloved husband of Judith A. Beemsterboer (nee Kuklovsky); loving father of Timothy J. (Erwan LeMoing), Michael D. and Stephen M; devoted brother of Mary Adduci, the late Paul (Alice) Beemsterboer and the late Agnes (the late Thomas) Cooke. Uncle to many…

palos heights police logo

Former hospital employee charged in Palos Heights identity theft

Spread the love

Spread the loveFrom staff reports A Hazel Crest man was charged last week with aggravated identity theft stemming from an incident that happened on December 27. Palos Heights police took a report on December 27 from a patient at Northwestern Palos Hospital who reported their wallet was missing and then observed two unauthorized charges on…

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Clear-Ridge Reporter and NewsHound January 25, 2023

Spread the love

Spread the love

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Boys Bowling | Stagg charges to first state finals appearance

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Randy Whalen Correspondent For Stagg, it’s a first. For Sandburg, it’s a return trip. Both teams survived the Plainfield North Sectional at Town & Country Lanes in Joliet to advance to the state tournament. The finals will be Friday, Jan. 27 and Saturday, and 28 at St. Claire Bowl in Fairview Heights. The…

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Boys Bowling | Reavis rolls to sectional title, sixth straight trip to state

Spread the love

Spread the loveBy Jason Maholy Sports Editor A strong all-around team effort and a runner-up performance by Ethan Deluna powered Reavis to the championship of the IC Catholic Sectional and a trip to the state tournament. The Rams totaled 6338 to top second-place Glenbrook North by 100 pins on Jan. 21 at Bowlero in Glendale…

Neighbors

Northwestern Home Team 250x250 1
‘Omnibus’ health care bill passed amid criticisms

‘Omnibus’ health care bill passed amid criticisms

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – A law recently signed by Gov. JB Pritzker will extend the deadline for the state to transfer criminal defendants deemed mentally incompetent to stand trial from jail to a mental hospital. That same bill, House Bill 240, also gives nursing homes in Illinois two more years…

Veteran Statehouse reporter Hannah Meisel joins Capitol News Illinois reporting team

Veteran Statehouse reporter Hannah Meisel joins Capitol News Illinois reporting team

By CAPITOL NEWS ILLINOIS [email protected] Longtime Statehouse reporter Hannah Meisel has joined the Capitol News Illinois team as a full-time state government and politics reporter. She’s had a number of assignments covering the Statehouse and Illinois government since the 2014 legislative session, most recently serving as Statehouse editor for NPR Illinois from 2020 until after…

Replacing Illinois institution as secretary of state, Giannoulias makes modernization push

Replacing Illinois institution as secretary of state, Giannoulias makes modernization push

By NIKA SCHOONOVER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – For newly sworn-in Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias, customer service is the central mission as he assumes the state’s second-largest constitutional office, replacing the man who had held it for nearly a quarter century. “Modernization and bringing new technology is going to be at the forefront…

UPDATED: State preparing further defense of assault weapons ban

UPDATED: State preparing further defense of assault weapons ban

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Attorney General Kwame Raoul on Monday filed a petition asking an appellate court to vacate a temporary restraining order that was issued late Friday afternoon blocking enforcement of the state’s recently-passed assault weapons ban. Raoul’s office filed the petition in the 5th District Appellate Court in…

State preparing further defense of assault weapons ban

State preparing further defense of assault weapons ban

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker and legislative leaders said they were disappointed but not surprised by a judge’s decision late Friday putting a temporary and limited halt to enforcement of the state’s recently-passed assault weapons ban. Effingham County Judge Joshua Morrison issued the temporary restraining order late Friday…

Rifle Association files federal suit against assault weapons ban

Rifle Association files federal suit against assault weapons ban

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Rifle Association has joined forces with other gun rights advocates in filing a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s new ban on the sale and manufacture of semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines. It’s the latest legal challenge to the law, which went into effect…

DCFS, director face lawsuit filed on behalf of jailed wards

DCFS, director face lawsuit filed on behalf of jailed wards

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services on Thursday was named in a federal class-action lawsuit on behalf of children in state care who have been held in juvenile detention centers after a judge ordered their release. Cook County Public Guardian Charles Golbert is a…

At World Economic Forum, Pritzker plays role of Illinois’ ‘best chief marketing officer’

At World Economic Forum, Pritzker plays role of Illinois’ ‘best chief marketing officer’

By NIKA SCHOONOVER Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – After his second-term inauguration amid a frenzied “lame duck” legislative session last week, Gov. JB Pritzker took the global stage this week at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The governor and high-ranking members of his staff joined a bipartisan delegation of U.S.…

Watchdog seeks harsher penalties in wake of abuse at Choate

Watchdog seeks harsher penalties in wake of abuse at Choate

By BETH HUNDSDORFER Capitol News Illinois & MOLLY PARKER Lee Enterprises Midwest This article was produced for ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network in partnership with Lee Enterprises, along with Capitol News Illinois. The watchdog for the Illinois Department of Human Services is seeking harsher penalties against health care workers who obstruct abuse and neglect investigations. IDHS…

Rifle Association files federal suit against assault weapons ban

Rifle Association files federal suit against assault weapons ban

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Rifle Association has joined forces with other gun rights advocates in filing a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s new ban on the sale and manufacture of semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity magazines. It’s the latest legal challenge to the law, which went into effect…

CRR NH Father Sons Home Improvement House Ad
CRR NH In Realty House Ad