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Lawmakers buck leaders with their own pension plan
Springfield has a mother-may-I culture in which major legislative initiatives are not launched without the blessing of one of the caucus leaders.
When I first started covering the Illinois Legislature 24 years ago, I was amazed to see a legislative staffer standing in front of the House chamber miming how members should vote.
When the speaker of the House wanted an “aye” vote, the staffer would point at his eye; when the vote was “no,” he would point at his nose.
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