Many Democrats danced around questions related to former House Speaker Michael Madigan, the once all-powerful head of the party in Illinois. Costa Howard worked for his ouster. In fact, she was one of the 19 House Democrats who opposed his leadership and one of the first to call for him to go.
The General Assembly's procedures still have problems – the lightning middle-of-the-night consideration of the SAFE-T Act certainly is an example of that – but it is better than it used to be and Costa Howard has played an important role in that improvement.
An attorney and former school board member in Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41, she is a strong, assertive and independent legislator who works proactively to protect abortion rights and for common sense gun control including a ban on the sale of assault weapons....