Mike Madigan spent 50 years in the Illinois House, but the man he personally chose to succeed him served less than 72 hours.
Edward Guerra Kodatt offered his resignation from the Illinois General Assembly t0day just three days after he was sworn in.
Madigan, 78, who had enough of the required vote to single-handedly make the appointment, wasted no time throwing his support behind another candidate later this morning.
Kodatt, 26, is also out of his 13th Ward job, but he is entitled to a full month’s salary as a state representative — $5,788.66 — despite serving less than a full week, introducing no bills, taking no votes and attending no legislative sessions.
A spokesman for House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch said Welch’s office received Kodatt’s resignation letter this morning. Kodatt’s resignation comes on the heels of a Tuesday night statement from Madigan and Ald. Marty Quinn (13th) suggesting Kodatt step down because of “allegations of questionable conduct.”
“After learning of alleged questionable conduct by Mr. Kodatt, it was suggested that he resign as state representative for the 22nd District,” the statement reads in part. “We are committed to a zero-tolerance policy in the workplace.”
The statement did not explain what the “questionable conduct” was.
Kodatt also lost his 13th Ward job as infrastructure manager to Quinn, Madigan’s handpicked alderman, a job he’d held since July 2017. Data from Chicago listed him as a staff assistant making $42,456 a year.