Agenda 2013: Tough audit laws, fair remaps, transparent contracts
In the new legislative session, we encourage area legislators to tackle the tough financial issues. We also encourage legislation to toughen state audit procedures, remove politics from redistricting, and open collective bargaining contracts to public inspection before they are approved.
Two new faces represent the Sauk Valley in the Illinois General Assembly: state Rep. Tom Demmer, a Dixon Republican, and state Rep. Mike Smiddy, a Hillsdale Democrat.
They are joined by two veteran state senators: Tim Bivins, a Dixon Republican, and Mike Jacobs, an East Moline Democrat.
Their attention obviously should be focused on the state’s No. 1 problem: its unsustainable finances – chronic budget deficits, billions of dollars in unpaid bills, billions of dollars in bonded indebtedness, and the enormous public pension debt, which is approaching $100 billion.
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