The state of Illinois is facing a $13 billion budget deficit and owes its suppliers (many of them in Illinois) more than $4 billion, so what does the Illinois House do?
The bill's chief sponsor, Rep. Keith Farnham (D-Elgin), intoned the rhetoric: "This is about people being able to take their kids and bring them to school with a sense of respect.. This will create jobs, and it will help families."
Sure, sure. I suppose that Farnham's bill has nothing to do with the fact that he faces a tough race from Republicans in the November election. When your re- election is in doubt, fall back on the old formula: give something more away.