Chicago's not the new Detroit, Illinois is the New Detroit

Chicago's not the new Detroit, Illinois is the New Detroit
Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune)

It’s a self-inflicted wound.

Today’s press release was brief, Exelon, the provider of electricity in Illinois will go ahead with plans to close the Clinton and Quad Cities nuclear power plants. The plants have lost a combined 800 million dollars in spite of being two of the best performing plants in the Exelon system.

How is this possible? The Illinois State Legislature is how. Mike Madigan, the leader of the undead in Springfield, the dim-witted troglodytes we elected to do our bidding in Springfield, yet do his bidding instead have closed out the legislative session and not acted on Next Generation Legislation. That legislation, the company says in a statement, would have saved the plants.

Illinois has antiquated energy laws. Let’s see a show of hands by those who are surprised that. As I look around, I see no hands. This is just one of the reasons this state is rated as the worst run in America.

Yet, I read its Rauner’s fault. Huh? How can you say that with a straight face?

Was it the Governor who closed out the legislative session without either a balanced budget or passing 21st-century energy legislation?

No, it was the members of the state legislature that We The People sent to Springfield.

Plotting and conspiring against the governor is more important than addressing major business leaving Illinois.

Plotting and conspiring against the governor is more important than poor in their districts who depend on the services the state provides.

Plotting and conspiring against the governor is more important than our kid’s education.

I have to chuckle at those who are attacking Rauner for his multi-city tour bashing the State House and Senate. Oh no, they say, a fine hand and diplomacy are needed now.


Those who say that know nothing about negotiations or diplomacy.

Even in diplomacy, there is a time to bring out the sledgehammer. When you are working against someone who is doctrinaire, corrupt, and single-minded to the point they care nothing else than protecting their own turf, and that pretty well describes Mike Madigan and John Cullerton, it takes a sledgehammer.

That is the fine diplomacy these two understand and the only kind they understand.

Even Cullerton is a Madigan bot. He was all in favor of spiking the ball for King Madigan.

Where has Cullerton been, why hasn’t he pushed Energy Legislation forward and forced Madigan to push it in the House?

I guess Cullerton can’t handle legislation more intellectually challenging than having a state song, or state flower. Maybe I’m asking too much of him.

Here is what I know the only thing these two clowns who are not funny know is protecting their majorities.

Their lack of leadership, their lack of addressing the issues in the state, their full frontal attack on the middle class tells me they just intellectually are not up to the jobs they hold.

They need to worry, too. Madigan is not bulletproof. Here is just one example.

Madigan spent $1,000,000 for Kate Cloonen (D-Kankakee) in her last election. Her GOP challenger lost the election by about 100 votes. That would have denied Madigan his supermajority.

Kate is the one pictured in the viral photo playing games on her computer from the House Floor. She doesn’t have much to do until Madigan calls her and tells her when to vote, and how to vote, so she should not be blamed for playing games to pass the time until her Master summons her.

The Pew Charitable Trust did a study and middle class has slipped below 50 percent in Illinois. Imagine that. The poor now outnumber the middle class in this once prosperous state.

Know who did that?

We did, we elected them and we need to un-elect them.

The voters of Illinois did that by electing those who return these two in leadership positions. It is not their fault it is the voter’s fault.

Rauner is right on this one. He should not limit the tour to just two days.

The best thing he could do is go to every town, neighborhood and hamlet, any wide spot in the road and expose these two frauds and their fecklessness to anyone who listens.

According to the Illinois Policy Institute, Illinois lost net 806,000 people between 1995 and 2009.

Think about that for a moment, 806, 000 that is as though the cities of Rockford, Joliet, Springfield, Peoria, Elgin and Kankakee just got up and walked out of the state one day.

Here is how far heads are stuck in the sand, when I say “Illinois Policy Institute”, the Democratic faithful roll their eyes and say, “they’re Republicans.”

I don’t care if they are green people from Mars, they can count and their count is accurate. Newsflash, Democrats aren’t counting because if they do count and tell you about it will lead to having to explain to the voters why they have failed.

For all the failures of the GOP nationally, the Democrat's failures in Illinois are just as great if not greater.

However, it is not all the Democratic Party’s fault. Have you seen what the GOP sends us for candidates?

As doctrinaire and backward as their Democratic counterparts. GOP candidates in Illinois tend to think the old should be put on an ice flow in the Spring, if the poor get sick well, they’ll pray for them but because they are poor they are not entitled to healthcare, and the answer to poverty is “get a job”.

In short, they have no solutions to problems, just slogans.

We need to throw out what is in office now and start over.

The far right wingers want term limits. We have term limits every election. Get some decent candidates and for Heaven’s sake, deny Madigan his supermajority.

You can do that by voting out of office the witless drones who are Michael Madigan's lapdogs listed below. These are his votes he owns. The list compiled by The Chicago Tribune Editorial Board.

In the House: Edward "Eddie" Acevedo, D-Chicago;Carol Ammons, D-Urbana; Jaime Andrade, D-Chicago; Luis Arroyo, D-Chicago; Daniel Beiser, D-Alton; John Bradley, D-Marion; Daniel Burke, D-Chicago; Kelly Burke, D-Evergreen Park; Katherine Cloonen, D-Kankakee; Deb Conroy, D-Villa Park; Jerry Costello II, D-Smithton; Fred Crespo, D-Hoffman Estates; Barbara Flynn Currie, D-Chicago; John D'Amico, D-Chicago;Will Davis, D-Homewood; Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights; Marcus Evans, D-Chicago; Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago; Laura Fine, D-Glenview; Mary Flowers, D-Chicago; LaShawn Ford, D-Chicago; Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston; Jehan Gordon-Booth, D-Peoria; Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago; Sonya Harper, D-Chicago; Greg Harris, D-Chicago; Elizabeth Hernandez, D-Chicago; Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea;Fran Hurley, D-Chicago; Eddie Lee Jackson Sr., D-East St. Louis; Thaddeus Jones, D-Calumet City.

Also: Lou Lang, D-Skokie; Camille Lilly, D-Chicago; Michael Madigan, D-Chicago;Natalie Manley, D-Joliet; Robert Martwick, D-Chicago; Rita Mayfield, D-Waukegan; Emily McAsey, D-Lockport; Christian Mitchell, D-Chicago; Anna Moeller, D-Elgin; Marty Moylan, D-Des Plaines; Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg; Brandon Phelps, D-Harrisburg; Pamela Reaves-Harris, D-Chicago; Al Riley, D-Olympia Fields; Bob Rita, D-Blue Island; Sue Scherer, D-Decatur; Elgie Sims Jr., D-Chicago; Andrew Skoog, D-LaSalle; Cynthia Soto, D-Chicago; Silvana Tabares, D-Chicago; Arthur Turner, D-Chicago; Patrick Verschoore, D-Milan;Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford; Lawrence Walsh Jr.

Elwood; Emanuel "Chris" Welch, D-Hillside; Ann Williams, D-Chicago; Kathleen Willis, D-Addison; Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake; Michael Zalewski, D-Riverside.

Democrats Linda Chapa LaVia, of Aurora, and Monique Davis, of Chicago, voted for the bill Wednesday but were excused absences Thursday.

Andre Thapedi, D-Chicago, was recorded as not voting Thursday but said he meant to vote for the budget. Rep. Mike Smiddy, D-Hillsdale, voted a cowardly "present."

In the Senate, those who voted to spike Madigan’s bill. Daniel Biss, D-Evanston; John Cullerton, D-Chicago;Bill Cunningham, D-Chicago; William Delgado, D-Chicago; Gary Forby, D-Benton;Don Harmon, D-Oak Park; Michael Hastings, D-Tinley Park; Linda Holmes, D-Aurora; Steven Landek, D-Bridgeview; Terry Link, D-Vernon Hills; Iris Martinez, D-Chicago; Pat McGuire, D-Joliet; John Mulroe, D-Chicago; Antonio Munoz, D-Chicago; Martin Sandoval, D-Chicago; Ira Silverstein, D-Chicago; John Sullivan, D-Rushville.

Remember these names and not fondly, when you are at the polls.

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