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Who's Your (Political) Daddy?

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    NEWSLETTERS

    People who live in Illinois take it as a matter of course that the names of our government officials rarely change. 

    Daley, Madigan, Jackson ... 

    The Land of Lincoln is also the land of politcal nepotism. Below is a list of who's connected to whom in the power structure of the state. 

    CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS

    Attorney General Lisa Madigan
    Daughter of: House Speaker Michael Madigan
    STATE SENATE
    Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago
    Cousin of: Cook County Assessor Parky Cullerton
    Sen. Emil Jones III, D-Chicago
    Son of: Senate President Emil Jones Jr.
    Sen. Mike Jacobs, D-East Moline
    Son of: Sen. Denny Jacobs 
    Sen. Darin M. LaHood, R-Peoria
    Son of: Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood
    STATE HOUSE
    Rep. Toni Berrios, D-Chicago
    Daughter of: Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios
    Rep. Daniel Burke, D-Chicago
    Brother of: Ald. Edward Burke
    Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Belleville
    Son of: U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello
    Rep. John D’Amico, D-Chicago
    Nephew of: Ald. Margaret Laurino
    Rep. Michael McAuliffe, R-Chicago
    Son of: Rep. Roger McAuliffe
    Rep. Robert F. Martwick, Jr. D-Norridge
    Son of: Norwood Park Township Democratic Committeeman Robert F. Martwick, Sr.
    Rep. Deb Mell, D-Chicago
    Daughter of: Ald. Richard Mell
    Rep. Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg
    Nephew of: U.S. Rep. David Phelps
    Rep. Arthur Turner, D-Chicago
    Son of: Rep. Art Turner
    Rep. Lawrence M. Walsh, Jr., D-Elwood
    Son of: Will County Executive Lawrence M. Walsh, Sr.
    Rep. Michael Zalewski, D-Riverside
    Son of: Ald. Michael Zalewski
    CHICAGO CITY COUNCIL
    Ald. Edward Burke
    Son of: Ald. Joseph P. Burke
    Ald. Timothy Cullerton
    Son of: Ald. Thomas Cullerton
    Brother-in-law of: Ald. Tom Allen
    Ald. Roderick Sawyer
    Son of: Mayor Eugene Sawyer
    Ald. Margaret Laurino
    Daughter of: Ald. Anthony Laurino
    Ald. Harry Osterman
    Son of: Ald. Kathy Osterman
    COOK COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
    Commissioner John Daley
    Grandson of: Mayor Richard J. Daley
    Commissioner Robert Steele
    Son of: Commissioner Bobbie Steele
    Commissioner John Fritchey
    Former nephew in-law of: Ald. William J.P. Banks
    METROPOLITAN WATER RECLAMATION DISTRICT
    Commissioner Kari K. Steele
    Daughter of: Judge John O. Steele
    FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION, ENGLEWOOD
    Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich
    Son-in-law of: Ald. Richard Mell
    Brother-in-law of: Rep. Deb Mell