Durbin, Duckworth put House Speaker Michael Madigan before the people

Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth have decided that cronyism and party come before constituents. By recording robocalls for Mike Madigan for an election where he doesn’t even have an opponent, it is apparent that keeping the speaker’s grip on the rest of his loyal subjects is high on their agenda (“They like Mike: Durbin, Duckworth go to bat for ‘progressive’ Madigan” — March 8).

House Speaker Mike Madigan, left, addressing the City Club of Chicago at the University Club of Chicago in 2015. File Photo. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times; U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, right, talks to reporters in Chicago in January. File Photo.| Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times

He actually did have one challenger, but the board of elections apparently is in Madigan’s pocket too, kicking Mat Tomkowiak off the ballot for the age-old Chicago scam of having invalid signatures.  So while our two senators waste their time promoting a man with no opponent, the rest of us are left wondering what are they actually doing for Illinois?

In Durbin’s call, he calls Madigan one of our “…progressive leaders.” Seriously?  A guy with a chokehold on Illinois is progressive?

If Durbin and Duckworth believe that malarkey, then just how wrong are they about everything else? Party and career first, voters a dead last.

Scot Sinclair, Third Lake

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