Illinois' legislature adjourned last week without enacting pension reform, but did you really expect anything different?
The Democrat-controlled House has been kicking pension reform down the road since before our previous governor earned his sentence. Legislators have found that there really aren't consequences -- for them, that is -- of the state having $100 billion of unfunded pension liabilities and having the worst credit rating in the nation.
Besides, gay marriage, something the Democrats' base really wanted, was so much more fun to debate and pass than taking on the state employee unions.
House Speaker Michael Madigan's spokesman said that lawmakers could be called back into session if a pension agreement is reached before the legislature reconvenes in January.
Please, spare us the false hope. The people of Illinois have been hearing lines like that for years. What are the chances of lawmakers getting their act together with the holidays and the spring primary approaching?