Madigan successor resigns days after appointment

CHICAGO — Rep. Edward Guerra Kodatt – a handpicked successor of former Rep. Mike Madigan – resigned Wednesday morning, just three days after his appointment.

The longest-serving lawmaker in Illinois history suggested his successor should resign late Tuesday night.

The 26-year-old received 63% of the weighted vote in order to win former Rep. Mike Madigan’s seat on Sunday.

In a statement late Tuesday, Madigan suggested Kodatt resign “after learning of alleged questionable conduct.” Madigan did not elaborate.

A spokesperson for House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch announced the House clerk received Kodatt’s resignation Wednesday.

The Capitol Bureau will also investigate to learn more about the “questionable conduct.”

The former House Speaker put his 56% of the weighted vote toward Kodatt Sunday morning.

The Democratic Party of Illinois later announced Wednesday that the second hearing to select a representative for the district will take place Thursday morning. Madigan stated committee members will select a candidate who initially presented Sunday.

Madigan said he believes the most equitable way to proceed is to nominate the candidate who received the second-highest vote count and it’s his intention to nominate Angelica Guerrero Cuellar.

Madigan previously represented the 22nd district for 50 years.