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Who Are the 25 Longest-serving Illinois Lawmakers?

03/28/2014 12:04 pm ET | Updated May 27, 2014

One of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's campaign platforms is term limits for Illinois lawmakers. He even has a video ad out calling for "Eight years, and you're out." Eight years is the maximum for how long he feels legislators should stay in office, and that's the maximum he'll stay if he's elected, and then reelected, governor.

As it turns out, you have to serve twice that long these days to even crack the Top 25 of longest-serving members of the Illinois General Assembly.

The 25 longest-serving IL legislators

 

House Speaker Michael Madigan tops the list. He's been in office long enough that when he supports something, it usually happens. And now Madigan is supporting a millionaire tax in Illinois. The race between Rauner and Gov. Pat Quinn is shaping up to be a battle of class warfare, and Madigan's comments are only going to add fuel to that fire. While the merits of the move can be argued, it's hard to deny it was a politically brilliant move by the old veteran of Illinois politics.

While Rauner supports term limits, the more divisive issues of the election will be the focus over taxes, jobs and class warfare in general. Here are some more items taking a look at the race:

Here are video highlights of Madigan's press conference about the millionaire tax.

Bruce Rauner's rise from unknown to Republican gubernatorial nominee was remarkable. Now comes the real work.

Rauner is recruiting big-name Democrats to support him as campaign season begins.

Will "class warfare" be the defining term of the 2014 election? 

Follow the 2014 race for governor in the cartoons of the Chicago Tribune's Scott Stantis. See the gallery here.

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