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Who's Your (Political) Daddy?

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Who's Your (Political) Daddy?

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
 

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