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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Will Illinois lawmakers get evicted?

Gosh, I hope so.  Today's feel-good story from the Tribune is that the state is so far behind on paying its bills that several state legislators have received eviction notices for their district offices.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-state-budget-lawmakers-eviction-0320100312,0,3780331.story

These same district offices are historically a source of corruption: the state overpays rent in a building just coincidentally owned by a major contributor or a cousin.

I look forward to the first legislator being actually evicted.  Illinois' fiscal problems are primarily due to poor governance -- since I got here in 1978 Jim Edgar is probably the only governor who's been fiscally responsible, and that list includes both parties. But for the last 8 years the Democrats have controlled the governorship, both houses, and currently all the elected statewide offices. Nobody else to blame.