Every state besides Nebraska has two legislative chambers. What do you consider the most important differences between the legislative chambers in your state?

Answer

Illinois' General Assembly has been controlled by Speaker Michael Madigan for longer than I have been alive. The Senate, however, has the responsibility to act as a check on the enormous amount of power that he has accumulated as the Chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party and as the Speaker of the House. The Senate is the deliberative body and has a better opportunity to introduce legislation without Madigan quashing it in committee, as he typically does.