Illinois’ Democratic legislative leaders Michael Madigan and John Cullerton have decided that getting to “yes” is a good thing for the state.
After spending years butting heads with Pat Quinn, a fellow Democrat, they had forgotten what it was like to work with a governor. They were as surprised as anyone when they managed to hammer out a budget deal for the rest of the fiscal year with new Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican for goodness sake.
The deal was an epiphany moment for Madigan and Cullerton: Maybe Rauner’s smarts at running a private business could indeed translate into helping Illinois get out of its fiscal hole. They would have nothing to lose and much to gain by joining hands with Rauner and adopting his turnaround agenda. They could try to persuade the state workers unions to drop their court challenge to the pensions reforms, arguing that the greater good of the people of Illinois has to come before a bunch of bureaucrats.
They could even support reforms that would help stop the exodus of workers and bring business back to Illinois, like real workers comp changes, tort reform and the right to work.
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Wait a minute, right to work? This editorial is obviously an April Fool’s joke. Seriously, no one believes the entrenched power brokers are going to make it easy for Rauner to succeed, do they?