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Updated: February 15, 2013 6:19AM



Is anyone surprised the Illinois General Assembly failed utterly to do anything to fix the pension system it has destroyed? I’m not.

This is Illinois, where citizens literally have had a 50-50 chance since the 1960s of electing as governor a person who later is proved in a court of law to have been a criminal.

This is Illinois, where the new General Assembly has three members who are facing criminal charges. The charges include bribery, bank fraud and trying to bring a handgun onto an airplane.

This is Illinois, where legislators and governors routinely ignore the state constitutional requirement to submit balanced budgets. If they can ignore that, they can ignore anything, including the fiscal disaster they have caused.

Steve Stanek

Research fellow, budget and tax policy

The Heartland Institute



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