config

Even if you squint, Illinois doesn't look like Texas (or Mississippi)

biss oped0216This week, Crain's Chicago Business published an opinion piece from Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) regarding comparisons between other states and our state, particularly those by the governor in seeking to justify his agenda.

Everywhere I go, I hear the same question: What on earth is going on in Springfield? People can't figure out why we have no budget, what the consequences are, whether our economic future is slipping away from us and what can be done about it all.

Sometimes they even go on to point out that surely something is wrong and in need of reform in Illinois, so it must stand to reason that we should enact Gov. Bruce Rauner's agenda.

But until Massachusetts made a surprise appearance in his State of the State address last week, Rauner's efforts at reform have focused on emulating anti-union policies enacted in very conservative states like Texas, South Carolina and Mississippi—and, more recently, states like Wisconsin that have undergone dramatic political change.

The Illinois General Assembly has rejected many of Rauner's ideas, but media coverage of the ensuing budget stalemate largely has focused on political and personality disputes.

Read the rest on Crain's website.

Sign up for The Majority Report HERE
Majority Report Podcast
Find Your Legislator
Monthly Minute

Follow ILSenDems

Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube

News Releases

IMAGE Steans: With ratification by 38 states, it’s time for the Equal Rights Amendment
Wednesday, 15 January 2020
CHICAGO – State Senator Heather Steans issued the following statement on news that Virginia today became the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights...

Read More...
IMAGE Lightford announces library grants to local school districts
Wednesday, 15 January 2020
SPRINGFIELD – Ten local school districts will receive more than $16,000 in grants through the Illinois secretary of state’s School Library Grant...

Read More...
IMAGE Castro seeks answers, solutions at ethics commission hearing on lobbying
Wednesday, 15 January 2020
CHICAGO – The Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform met to discuss lobbying regulation Wednesday. “I’m fed up with it, and I know the...

Read More...
IMAGE Crowe announces library grants to local school districts
Wednesday, 15 January 2020
GLEN CARBON – Six local school districts will receive more than $14,000 in grants through the Illinois secretary of state’s School Library Grant...

Read More...
IMAGE Bennett invites small business owners to a tax credit workshop
Thursday, 09 January 2020
CHAMPAIGN – State Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) is partnering with the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) and the Champaign County Chamber...

Read More...
Senate Schedule
General Assembly Bills & Resolutions
The Great Pension Debate
Find local warming centers