May 31

Updated Aug 30

You are Tokyo, suckers!

If rich old white men like Madigan and Rauner were being hurt by this impasse, it would have been resolved yesterday. But it damages the poor, the struggling young — who rely on public universities and colleges that are dropping staff, injecting furlough days into their academic calendars, and, in general, suffering on starvation rations. Plus those with disabilities, victims of crime, and all the unfortunates who must fall back onto a safety net that both men are pawning to the rope merchant.

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/godzilla-never-seems-to-care-about-tokyo-being-crushed-beneath-him/

    Godzilla never seems to care about Tokyo being crushed beneath him
    Seven hundred days? Where has the time gone? That's easy. Washed over the waterfall of wasted opportunity. With the entire state of Illinois soon to follow, battered on rocks, then breaking apart as it plunges into the frothing financial abyss. Unless . . . . Well, unless nothing.
    http://chicago.suntimes.com
  • Not a new crisis, just more epic each day it drags on. IL government needs an overhaul -- one that doesn't toss out the STATE along with the bathwater.

    Madigan is a scourge and needs to go! Absolutely. There's no denying it!

    Rauner walked into a mess determined to wrangle...

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    Not a new crisis, just more epic each day it drags on. IL government needs an overhaul -- one that doesn't toss out the STATE along with the bathwater.

    Madigan is a scourge and needs to go! Absolutely. There's no denying it!

    Rauner walked into a mess determined to wrangle it into shape. Super - Go Bruce!

    But holding the state budget hostage, while other forms of leverage to enact his reform agenda exist, has further damaged the state and deepens its debt daily.

    In business, losing strategies are replaced by new ones until positive results are achieved. That's what's lacking in Rauner's leadership; responsive governance.

    Sadly, the premise in the OP article is true; these two men can drive the state to complete ruin and they'll each come away unscathed. Only the taxpayers are hurt.

    IL legislators across party lines have failed us in failing to meet fiscal and financial obligations, largely in favor of their self-interest, for nearly 30 yrs. Madigan is the linchpin throughout. Good overview of what got IL into this mess in the attached Reuters/dot/com link under headings "'ILLINOIS MATH'" and "A DOWNHILL RAMP" in which Edgar's comments hint at the ensuing failures to meet obligations.
    http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-illinois-madigan/

  • how long has mr madigan been in office?
    what can we say about his accomplishments if the end result is current state of illinois.

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