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Social Media Use Varies From Official To Official

When it comes to a social media presence for the leading state senators and representatives, it’s hit or miss.


Caucuses from both parties in both chambers of the General Assembly have social media platforms, but neither the Senate president nor the House speaker are on social media. Carl Palmer, associate professor of politics and government at Illinois State University, says for someone like House Speaker Michael Madigan, the platforms aren’t necessary.



Palmer also notes that some older politicians may not see the importance of social media at all.



Madigan spokesman Steve Brown says he hasn’t examined the issue of social media and didn’t want to comment. Vicki Crawford, spokeswoman for leading Republican Rep. Jim Durkin, says the House GOP caucus makes vibrant use of various social media platforms.

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