FILE - IL House Speaker Michael Madigan 7-26-17

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan talks at a press conference on July 26, 2017.

It’s not just all the statewide constitutional offices that Democrats now control. They also maintain control of the Illinois General Assembly.

Preliminary numbers were still being crunched into the night Tuesday, but Democrats are expected to maintain a majority, if not secure a supermajority. Democratic state Rep. Robert Martwick, D-Chicago won his reelection bid against Republican challenger Ammie Kessem.

He said the Democratic majority will have to work with the Republican minority.

“It’s a great burden and responsibility upon us in the majority to work with the minority to make sure that we are addressing the concerns of the constituents they represent,” Martwick said.

Republican state Rep. Avery Bourne won her reelection bid. She said with Democrats controlling the executive branch and both chambers, the GOP minority will have to work harder to hold Democrats accountable.

“To make sure that the minority voices are being heard and that there are checks and balances within state government even if there aren’t checks and balances within the partisan makeup of the majorities.”

The state Senate also remains in Democrat control.

The next class of state lawmakers will take the oath of office in January where it’s expected Senate President John Cullerton will win another term as Senate President and House Speaker Michael Madigan will continue his reign as the longest-serving state legislative leader in U.S. history.

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Greg Bishop reports on Illinois government and other statewide issues for INN. Bishop has years of award-winning broadcast experience, and previously hosted “The Council Roundup,” as well as “Bishop On Air,” a morning-drive current events talk show.

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