SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has named a Chicago Democrat to be the chamber’s majority leader.
Madigan’s naming of Representative Greg Harris as his top lieutenant makes the legislator the state’s first openly gay House majority leader.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Weekend Warmup
In a statement, Madigan credited Harris with leading the effort to make Illinois one of the first states to pass marriage equality, overhauling Medicaid and taking the lead during the budget crisis.READ MORE: Northwestern Alums Create 'The Seeker,' A Highly Accurate Football Thrower They Call A Robotic QB
Harris replaces Barbara Flynn Currie of Chicago who became the state’s first female majority leader in 1997. Harris says a priority is to work with Republicans in the House and Senate as well as the governor to restore the state’s fiscal stability.
Brian Johnson of Equality Illinois says the appointment of Harris further demonstrates the Speaker’s “commitment to LGBTQ equality and representation.”MORE NEWS: Cariacature Artist, Substitute Teacher Says She Keeps Trying To Reach Illinois Unemployment Office -- Only To Have Calls Dropped
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