Illinois is deservedly known for its culture of raw political power and officeholder corruption, and now, moreover, for fiscal profligacy almost beyond compare. For most of the adult lifetimes of probably most living Illinois voters, it has also been effectively wired by the Democrats.
Mike Madigan has ruled the Statehouse for nearly 30 years. John Cullerton, now into his fifth year running the Senate, is a growing power center. Under Rahm Emmanuel, Chicago’s outsize influence threatens to become even greater.
Mere governors come and go, some to prison. Democratic gerrymandering has locked down this pattern of control, largely neutering the voters.
Meanwhile, Illinois accelerates toward the abyss. Dire warnings have become so commonplace they are tuned out with a hopeless shrug. As rumors swirl and trial balloons float, the puppet masters — those with the clout — calculate, scheme and connive in deepest shadows, as far as possible from the slightest public scrutiny. At some point a grand bargain will likely be sprung full born upon the public, with votes assured, some by quiet promises perhaps involving illegality.
After the initial hoopla subsides, the grand bargain will probably be seen to merely — once again — kick the can down the road a bit farther, buying a little more time and breathing space for the public’s elected representatives. … Before they will once again begin to feel the heat, of duties deferred and solemn public responsibilities shirked, in favor of reelection viability or nest feathering.
How long will Illinoisans put up with this?
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- Son does well at Libert Son does well at Liberty Editor: My son, Nathaniel, attends school at Liberty Elementary School. He has been there for two years now. He came to Liberty in second grade after kindergarten in East Park and first grade at Edison. He is now in the four
- Races charge too much Editor: Runners and walkers must beware this summer. Some 5K (3.1 mile) fundraising events will again be way overcharging. Most are put on for good causes, but it’s not a good cause to overcharge people for something they sweat for.
- Fight the proposed coal mine Fight the proposed coal mine Editor: In a single issue of St. Joseph's The Leader, dated March 5, one can find four events listed that testify to our love of the natural world: a bird walk, a lecture on freshwater mussels, a pre-K event at Homer Lake
- Searching for answers Searching for answers Editor: I'm certainly not saying the city's firefighters don't need or deserve an increase of funds, but I would like to better understand why. Why do they feel they need more personnel than the national average of 1.04 per 1000
- Advocate will be missed Editor: We at Community Blood Services of Illinois are saddened by the recent death of Patricia Black, a wonderful and dedicated employee who was known to a generation of local blood donors. Pat was a tireless advocate for the Danville Elks Blood Ban
- Social workers earn praise Editor: March was National Social Work month. The 2014 theme was "All People Matter." I personally want to say "thank you" to the social workers. I am a registered nurse and have worked in many different health care settings from acute hospital care
- Neighborhood going downhill Editor: Home owners and the few good rentals of southeast Danville are concerned about Fair Oaks in their neighborhood. Well, wake up people. Unless you have been in a coma or frozen for the past five years or more, these kinds of people and many wor
- Cut the fat first Editor: Yes, the taxpayers understand the budget needs to be balanced. I would like to know why every time Danville faces a budget problem it's always the fire department that is considerred for cuts. It's never the police, street department or high-
- Farming and mining 'progress' Farming and mining 'progress' Editor: In an advertisement in the Sidell Reporter, Sunrise Coal "salutes the dedication and hard work of the American Farmer," and is "proud to be part of Vermilion County Progress." Farming and coal mining have no "pr
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