Illinois missed the boat again. State lawmakers had the opportunity to make a real difference by rethinking medical marijuana and casino gambling expansion proposals in the waning days of the spring legislative session, ideas that could have brought some major bucks to the Land of Lincoln.
Chicago Teachers Union efforts to forestall school closings have joined pension reform in an all-out war to make sure Illinois taxpayers drown in debt. CTU hopes it can win a July court battle to stop the closures while downstate the legislative session draws to a close with competing House and Senate pension reform bills.
Yesterday another Illinois politician faced a jury and lost. This time the guilty party was a Cook County commissioner and former Chicago alderman convicted on tax charges. We went through this last month, when Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty to misusing campaign funds.
There are two kinds of taxpayers in Illinois. The first endorses the stupidity cooked up in Springfield, no matter the consequences. The second kind of taxpayer knows better, endorses responsible fiscal policy, and understands that it is time to get out of a state doomed by debt (see: Live in Illinois?
How appropriate that the governor of Illinois, a state suffering from fiscal policy gone horribly wrong, should vouch for the president on opening day at the Democratic Convention. During the 2008 race opponents charged that Illinois’ favorite son was inexperienced. They were wrong.