A former reporter turned watchdog is aallegedly trying to take down the Democratic Party.  House Speaker Michael Madigan says Andy Shaw, with the Better Government Association, is trying to “become a kingmaker in Illinois politics” and “tarnish Democratic candidates.”  Madigan made the comment in a letter to all 71 Democratic state reps.  

Lawmakers got the letter just days after Shaw wrote in a Chicago “Sun-Times” report that as many as 29 of the 30 people who circulated nominating petitions for Madigan in the 2012 election cycle have held government jobs and contributed more than 200-thousand-dollars Madigan or his daughter, Attorney General Lisa Madigan.  The Speaker says Shaw is suggesting that the volunteer workers have done something wrong, but Shaw tells the “Sun-Times” his only agenda is to make government better and he invites Madigan to join the effort.  

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