Death, taxes, and Mike Madigan holding the gavel as Speaker of the Illinois House. Those seem to be the certainties in life in Illinois.
Madigan was sworn into an unprecedented 18th term as Speaker after a 72-44 vote. Madigan talked about bipartisanship after a combative four years with his political rival, Governor Bruce Rauner.
Jim Durkin was chosen to serve another term as Minority Leader. He also called for unified efforts to turn around Illinois' fortunes.
Newcomer Democrat Anne Stava Murray was true to her word in saying she wouldn't support Madigan for Speaker. She voted present.