Springfield's landmark discovery of cooperation

August 5, 2013 

Here's some breaking news: After years of stalemate, inaction and antagonism, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Illinois Senate President John Cullerton finally have found something upon which they can agree.

Is it on a fix for the state's $100 billion pension crisis?

Nooooo.

Is it on a way to pay the backlog of 68,531 bills totaling $4.59 billion?

Nope.

Was it on a way for Illinois to fix its toxic business climate and bring down the state's 9.2 percent unemployment rate to something closer to the national average of 7.6 percent?

Wishful thinking.

The great meeting of their minds and fusion of ideals was over getting their paychecks. They are suing Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, claiming his attempt to cut off lawmakers' paychecks until they do their jobs on pension reform is unconstitutional.

Funny how quickly Quinn got their attention and how promptly the House and Senate leaders acted when it was about their money. Too bad we don't get the same results when it is about ours.

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