Mike Madigan spent 50 years at the Illinois House, but the man he personally chose to succeed him spent less than 72 hours.
Edward Gera Kodat proposed his resignation from the Illinois General Assembly on Wednesday just three days after taking the oath.
Madigan, 78, who had enough votes to make a one-on-one meeting, wasted no time throwing his support behind another candidate later Wednesday morning.
The 26-year-old Kodat is also unemployed from the 13th Division, but is entitled to a full monthly salary as a state representative – $ 5,788.66 – although he serves less than a week, does not present bills, does not vote and does not attend at legislative sessions.
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Kodat’s resignation comes after a statement Tuesday night from Madigan and Ald. Marty Quinn (13th) suggests Kodat resign over “allegations of suspicious behavior.”
“After we learned of Mr. Kodatt’s alleged suspicious behavior, he was asked to resign as state representative for the 22nd district,” the statement said in part. “We are committed to a policy of zero tolerance in the workplace.”
The statement does not explain what “suspicious behavior” is.
Kodatt also lost his job in the 13th Division as an infrastructure manager from Quinn, chosen by Alderman Madigan, a job he had held since July 2017. Data from Chicago indicate him as an assistant to the staff, who makes $ 42,456 a year.
Although Kodatt will not be entitled to a pension, under current law he is entitled to a full month’s salary, according to the state control service. Controller Susanna Mendoza called on him to refuse payment of $ 5,788.66.
Madigan played an important role in the appointment of Kodat on Sunday, giving him 56% of the weighted vote needed to take Madigan’s place in the hall since 1971.
Madigan and the other four members of the commission tasked with choosing a successor plan to meet on Thursday to try again.
“After a fair and stable process on Sunday, we are ready to proceed with the selection of a replacement for the 22nd Illinois County House from a group of candidates who have already been presented to the selection committee,” Madigan said in a statement. “I believe that the fairest way to continue is to nominate the candidate who received the second highest vote count. My intention is to nominate Angelica Guerrero-Cuellar. ”
Guerrero-Cuellar was nominated by the 23rd Commissioner of Ward and Ald. Silvana Tabares for the position on Sunday. She is Head of Operations at Envision Community Services.
A coalition for change, consisting of progressive groups from the Southwest and other areas, said in a statement that “checking” Madigan’s candidates during Sunday’s hearing was a complete fraud.
“By not asking Codat questions and asking for unanimous consent for his appointment, Madigan stamped Codat because this misconduct is the norm in Madigan’s machine,” the statement said in part.
“Madigan’s zero-tolerance policy is ridiculous, given that his own office is known for sexual harassment, behind-the-scenes deals and decades of tactics to intimidate opponents. CCIL3 requires good governance at all levels, “the statement continued. “We will not sit idle, as the Madigan organization presents a façade of transparency, refuses to ask tough questions to candidates and blindly appoints unskilled people to positions of power.”
The presidents of the Democratic Party are to meet on Thursday at 10 a.m. in the ballroom of the Balzekas Museum, 6500 S. Pulaski Rd, the same building that houses the compartments of Madigan’s ward.