Twice last week we heard predictions about what we can expect from our leaders in Springfield, both of which left us scratching our heads and wondering whether the prognostications were actually made by the Magic 8 Ball.
First we learned that Southwestern Illinois College approved a five-year contract for full-time faculty with no raise the first year, 2 percent for each of the four years after that plus 2 percent step increases. In this uncertain and fluid economy, in this state of broken revenue streams, they are confident enough of their numbers to know what they can afford to pay in 2019?
"It is decidedly so."
The second oracle came during a visit with Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White. He wouldn't exactly predict ex-state trooper Matt Mitchell's chances of driving again after killing the Uhl sisters, but we think it is safe to say "outlook not so good." No, the prediction came when White was asked about his former colleagues in the state legislature.
White said he thinks the ladies and gentlemen in Springfield have seen the polls and heard the people's dissatisfaction. He expects a sea change after the November elections in which the litany of money woes led by carnivorous pensions is finally addressed by this Democratic super-majority that holds both chambers and the governor's office.
While we respect White's integrity, focus on teen and other driver safety and desire to improve customer service, we think his Magic 8 Ball is on the fritz. Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is the very definition of insanity.
But we go ahead, start shaking the ball and ask whether one more chance will yield change from the folks in Springfield.
"My sources say no."