Press: Second City Scold

Chicago fetes John Madigan, friend of pols, scourge of peers

For some of the solidest citizens of Illinois, Dec. 7 was something more, much more, than Pearl Harbor Day. It was John Madigan Day, duly proclaimed by both Governor James Thompson and Chicago Mayor Michael Bilandic and marked by more than 700 leading Chicagoans at a party to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the great man's entry into journalism. For some of Madigan's colleagues in the press, however, it was another day that will live in infamy.

Madigan, 59, is a press critic. Unlike his...

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