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  Michael Madigan attends John Boehner fund-raiser in Lemont
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News DateWednesday, August 24, 2011 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionTalk about strange bedfellows.

Two weeks ago, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) came to Hinsdale to raise money for Republicans to fight the congressional map drawn under the direction of state Democratic Party chief and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.

The very next night, the congressman broke bread with Madigan (D-Chicago) at a fund-raiser for Boehner’s leadership fund at the Lemont home of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Chairman Terry Duffy.

Madigan’s little-known appearance has left partisans in both political camps in a state of disbelief.

It all comes as the wily Illinois House speaker is supposed to be fighting to regain congressional seats lost last year to Republicans who helped Boehner become speaker.

And Boehner, the principle impediment to President Barack Obama’s congressional agenda, is supposed to be leading Republicans against Madigan’s map so they can keep their U.S. House majority and he can remain speaker.

So why was Madigan there?

“We’ve said for more than a year, one of the messages of 2010 is the need for people to cooperate, and that’s what Madigan’s tried to do,” Madigan spokesman Steve Brown said.
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