The editors of the Chicago Tribune are not amused by the incompetent, do-nothing Illinois legislature:
Thursday was another day of wasted time, by design. The two chambers are in their own little worlds, not laboring as a team to deliver solutions for Illinois’ grave challenges.
Maybe Democratic leaders John Cullerton and Michael Madigan think their chambers’ conspicuous inaction embarrasses Gov. Bruce Rauner. He was the one who called lawmakers back to Springfield until the end of the month to pass a budget.
Cullerton says his chamber has sent several pieces of important legislation to the House, where they sit. Madigan, though, has no excuse for his decision to do nothing substantive on the second day of the special session — just as on the first day. Inertia was his choice.
Madigan says his chamber is working on a budget — behind closed doors, supposedly. He ignored the budget blueprint Rauner introduced in February. He ignored a budget the Senate passed in May. He has not addressed the Republicans’ budget unveiled earlier this month. He has not done anything to meaningfully advance a budget all year.
It’s a game of Survivor. They’re not trying to accomplish anything. They’re just trying to outlast the Republican governor.
The editors of the Sun-Times are largely in agreement with those of the Tribune:
Not a day goes by when we don’t hear from somebody with bad news about Illinois.
Credit rating going down, bills piling up, people moving out, roads crumbling.
A state falls apart in endless ways when it goes without a budget for two years.
But on Wednesday, the state Legislature will convene for a special 10-day session, called by Gov. Bruce Rauner, to finally — once and for all, no doubt about it, cross your fingers and hope to die — pass a budget. Should you care to hope.
We can’t emphasize it enough: Illinois really is taking a hit every day. Consider these ten bad news stories in just the last ten business days…
The jeremiad includes Illinois’s being ejected from the Powerball multi-state lottery, an actual decline in the number of Illinois jobs, the halt in roadwork, and the enormous borrowing at the usurious rates due to the state’s low credit rating.
Turning to Chicago when Rahm Emanuel took office as mayor the city’s credit rating was Aaa. Now it’s Ba1—just over junk. The Chicago Public School system’s bonds are rated as junk. This is what passes for competence in Illinois.
Malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance are the very definition of Illinois government.