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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
* This Daily Herald editorial comically misidentifies Illinois Department of Revenue Director David Harris as House Majority Leader Greg Harris. The reason it’s so funny is because former Rep. David Harris represented Arlington Heights in the House, and that’s where the paper is based…
Just to be sure, I checked with Leader Harris and he said he sent no such letter.
People make mistakes. No biggie. But editorials are supposedly written or at least approved by an editorial board. That would be multiple people.
And there are more problems with this editorial than getting a name wrong.
1) Director Harris didn’t “reportedly” say anything. He said the governor was recommending that the state use the increased revenue projections from Fiscal Year 2020 to pay the full statutory pension payment. I mean, it’s right here in black and, um, tan (or whatever color my website is).
2) The editorial board is apparently confused about the $800 million number. That’s the additional projected revenue increase for next fiscal year. Pritzker was planning to skip $900 million or so in pension payments, which is higher than the revenue spike, not lower, so something else will have to be cut or more revenues will have to be found.
3) A “$650 million backlog of late bill payments” would be great. The actual backlog is currently $5.9 billion. That’s lower than expected, but still high. Instead, the unexpected $1.5 billion April spike will be used to “address most of the $1.6 billion shortfall in the enacted FY19 budget.”
Maybe if the paper hadn’t closed its Statehouse bureau it would have somebody to call before writing stuff like this. Or maybe they could just use the Google. Or Bing. Whatever floats your boat.