Unions win another round; Illinois House kills school voucher program
After one of the most irrational debates recorded in the Capitol, Sen. James Meeks' ground-breaking legislation to provide 30,000 students with the financial means to escape Chicago's worst schools was killed in the House, 48-66 with 2 voting present.
Northwest suburban Rep. Rosemay Mulligan (Republican) was fairly typical of those who argued against this no-cost, common sense approach. We can't legislate that parents care about their children, she intoned, in one of her less relevant arguments. All kids deserve a public education, she argued, as if they all had to be denied a choice, and sentenced to suffer through the torture that is called Chicago Public Schools. "I urge you to pay attention to the over-all budget and not
this bill," she said, continuing her embarrassing string of non sequiturs.
Apparently, she had another agenda in mind when she voted against the GOP position and logic. One can only guess.