Urbana’s Mike Madigan Seeks To Join Namesake

(Urbana, IL) — Is the Illinois legislature big enough for two Mike Madigans? Restaurant owner and Urbana City Council member Mike Madigan says he plans to run for the state senate seat formerly held by State Treasurer Mike Frerichs. If Madigan’s elected though, it’s unlikely he’ll be confused with the House Speaker who shares his name. Speaker Madigan is a Democrat who was first elected to the House in 1970, while Urbana’s Madigan is a Republican and has served on the City Council only since 2013. If he gets the GOP nomination, he would face Democrat Scott Bennett of Champaign who was appointed to succeed Frerichs, also a Democrat from Champaign.