How a Democrat state senator explained Illinois finances in 2013: Not a problem

Illinois blues: Short History of Oak Park, Vol. 2, The Donald and the Clothes Horse: Senatorial splendor, House Decoration — the Town Hall Trail, June to October, 2013.

The Donald of Oak Park, its senator in Springfield, where he’s high in the ranks of the Ruling Party, smooth-as-silk boss of Oak Park’s Democratic Party organization, took to the podium at Oak Park’s Carleton Hotel on a glorious day in late June of 2013 for his annual report to the Business and Civic Council.    

It was time to explain things to bankers, business owners and operators, and other issues-aware citizen consumers and taxpayers with skin in the game to varying degrees and/or psychic income from allegedly progressive political victories and enactments.   

The state was in a state of turmoil, confusion, and all-around hyperactivity. The two legislative chambers were at odds over a pension solution. The governor, a one-time gadfly with Oak Park roots, was soon to cut off legislators’ pay checks to punish them for inactivity.   

For the Donald, however, it was what-me-worry time. . . . .   Read the rest

 

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