1. The Rise and Fall of Mike Madigan Robin Johnson 29:00

In the first of a two-part interview, Ray Long, veteran political reporter for the Chicago Tribune and author of The House That Madigan Built: The Record Run of Illinois’ Velvet Hammer, discusses some highlights form his book, including Madigan’s rise to power, when ‘time stood still’ on the House floor, ‘Operation Cobra,’ and the ComEd scandal.

The Rise and Fall of Mike Madigan
WVIK, Quad Cities NPR, provides news and classical music 24-hours-a-day to the Quad Cities and surrounding community in northwestern Illinois and eastern Iowa. WVIK is a public service of Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. Our signal is broadcast at 90.3 FM in the Quad Cities area, at 95.9 FM in Dubuque, Iowa (including a small part of southwestern Wisconsin), and around the globe at WVIK.org.