Madigan Mondays: The World Since He Went to Springfield

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Every Monday, we’ll be sharing examples of how Mike Madigan’s failed policies and corruption have left Illinois in a struggle for its future.

To start, let’s take a look at how the world has changed since Madigan entered the General Assembly in 1971 and led Illinois down the path of growth-killing taxes, billions of dollars of debt, and a Springfield that works for career politicians instead of the people.

1972 – The Watergate scandal breaks

1973 – The American League adopts the “designated hitter” rule

1975 – The fall of Saigon in Vietnam

1977 – “The King” Elvis Presley dies

1978 – Bruce Rauner graduates college

1980 – Rapper’s Delight by Sugarhill Gang becomes the first rap song in the Top 40

1982 – Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is released

1984 – Sony introduces the Discman

1985 – Bear Down, Chicago Bears!

1986 – Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

1987 – President Ronald Reagan tells Gorbachev to “tear down this wall”

1991 – The World Wide Web is launched

1994 – The first episode of “Friends” airs

1995 – Newt Gingrich becomes Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

1998 – Michael Jordan’s final season with the Chicago Bulls

1999 – The EU introduces the Euro currency

2001 – Apple introduces the iPod

2004 – Facebook changes the way we connect

2008 – Rod Blagojevich and J.B. Pritzker caught on FBI wiretap

2011 – Osama Bin Laden killed by U.S. Troops

2016 – The Chicago Cubs break the curse and win the World Series

In 2018, Illinois can finally break the 47-year curse of corruption, cronyism, and career politicians when voters choose a better future and retire Mike Madigan as Speaker.