Illinois Democrats now have it all, except excuses
Here y’go, Democrats! Illinois and its staggering array of problems are all yours starting Monday. In November, you asked voters for their support, their endorsement of your general philosophy of governance, and they gave it to you, good and hard. They gave you back the governorship, returned Democrats to every other statewide constitutional office and increased Democratic majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly to near-record, ultra-supermajority levels. But in the process they took away something of considerable political value: an excuse for failure. Why are we more than $7 billion behind in paying our bills? Why is the state budget always in the red? Why do we have the worst credit rating and the highest pension debt in the nation? Why are our unemployment rate and property tax bills consistently higher than the national average?