Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, last week proposed a purge of individuals appointed to state agency jobs and commissions by former governors Rod Blagojevich and George Ryan.

The move could affect about 3,000 people whose appointments needed Senate approval or whose positions were exempt from political hiring rules, according to Madigan’s estimates. Agencies that would be impacted include the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority and the Illinois Finance Authority.

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