* Pat Gauen…
It’s not that Madigan and fellow Democrats are necessarily right. Or that they do not bear major responsibility for the decades of under-funding pensions and services that helped create the mess. It’s that for now they are too strong for Rauner to go through or around.
My dad, the card player, knew when to fold and wait for a better hand.
The trouble is that both sides are blocked. Neither can go forward without the other and so neither is willing to fold.
* So, you get editorials like this one from the Belleville News-Democrat…
The system will not change unless forced.
* And this one from the Dispatch/Argus…
The speaker won’t give in unless lawmakers convince him that his terrible strategy for winning in November is really a loser. They need the support of voters to do so.
There are just four days left to foment a little rebellion before the speaker wins his waiting game. If he does, everyone else will lose — including schoolchildren, college students and Illinois’ most vulnerable citizens.
Please contact your lawmakers and tell them to order their leaders to stay at the table until they create a responsible budget that also includes some of the reforms necessary to restore Illinois’ future. Remind them, too, of the consequences if they don’t.