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National Editorial & Columnists

Legislature swings and misses

Yet, dysfunctional leaders keep jobs

Leadership within the Illinois General Assembly, along with Gov. Pat Quinn, again proved their own political priorities rank higher than effective state government.

The spring session of the Legislature closed May 31 without a solution to the state’s most pressing problem – its pension shortfall estimated at more than $90 billion.

The inability of the Legislature to figure out how to resolve problems it created by not funding state pensions, as its members agreed to do, looms over every other issue.

One plan passed the House. A different plan passed the Senate. Neither accepted the other, and Quinn sat on the sidelines figuratively wringing his hands.

Another issue of particular local interest that failed to pass the General Assembly was an expansion of gambling. Danville is among five communities set to gain a casino if the plan ever passes.

In a state where the unemployment rate remains higher than the national rate, the Legislature had a chance to boost the economy – and it struck out again. ...

The Illinois General Assembly appears to be one of the most dysfunctional entities in government, yet its leaders continue to be re-elected. That’s a reality that’s difficult to understand.

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