As you may remember, back in early February the Scott Lee Cohen debacle spurred a refreshing amount of criticism regarding House Speaker Michael Madigan's longstanding reign as chairman of the Democratic Party of Illinois -- a tenure that has been marked by a laser-like focus on his House majority and complete neglect of federal races. The Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet wrote that he had done "an awful job" as party chairman. There was even some hope that some Democratic committeemen would put up a fight when it came time to consider his reelection this spring.
Well, so much for that idea. Yesterday. the State Central Committee voted unanimously to reelect Madigan as chairman.