The leadership in the Illinois General Assembly and Gov. Pat Quinn — who, in this case, all happen to be all Democrats — really decided to push state residents’ ability to accept their political manipulations during this session of the Legislature.
For example, only in Illinois could an idea to generate significant tax revenue and create thousands of new jobs — the gambling expansion bill that includes a casino for Danville — be largely ignored by lawmakers.,
Only in Illinois could a state with billions of unpaid bills to vendors continue to spend tax dollars on non-essential projects such as bicycle paths and “green” parking lots.
Only in Illinois could lawmakers agree to spend money in their next budget before the amount of revenue is known.
Only in Illinois could the General Assembly consider giving each property tax payer a $500 refund just weeks before the fall election — a ploy, by the way, the Republicans under then Senate President Pate Philip used to a lesser extent several years ago — and expect residents not to see it as a blatant effort to buy their votes.
And only in Illinois could lawmakers expect residents expect to accept the permanent extension of a “temporary” income tax increase when it was obvious legislators intended it to be permanent all along.
Illinois will not make progress until its legislators put the state first and not their own political priorities.