Illinois Lawmakers Solution to Pension Crisis: Establishing a Committee to Find a Solution

Illinois State Senate

Illinois State Senate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Earlier this year I posted how the state of Illinois manages to be the worse governed state in the country.  Illinois now has a worse credit rating than Botswana!  The state also manages to spend more money (of which they don’t have) on recipients NOT living in the state, solely because of inefficiency and the lack of oversight.  The greatest calamity caused by incompetency is the state’s massive unfunded pension liability.  The state incurs $17 million in additional debt for every day it does not solve its problem.  At month-end the state will have over $100 billion in unfunded pension liability debt.

For years my state lawmakers have supposedly been trying to ascertain a reasonable solution.  And for years they have subsequently failed.  In fact the only thing they’ve managed to perfect is the art of doing nothing.  In March, lawmakers took a break from doing their job so they could go on vacation.  Governor Quinn told his fellow Democrats that they had to actually do their jobs; and like children reprimanded by their parents they reluctantly gathered to broker a deal.  And what solution did these “great minds” come up with you might ask.

Well to form a committee to find a solution of course.  YES, that’s right.  Their solution is to form a committee to find a solution.  Incredulously, yet sadly not surprisingly, Gov. Quinn commended the lawmakers on their “solution.”  I am NOT JOKING.  I truly wish this was a satirical post.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Gov. Quinn hailed the “breakthrough the procedural agreement between House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton.”

He states:

“I was very glad to see the leaders come together and agree that this is a mechanism to get the job done, finish the business of the people.”

Surely, my governor is joking.  If only that were the case.  My dear reader this is Illinois legislators at their “best.”  This is Illinois politics.  And this is EXACTLY why this state is bankrupt.  At least California could argue their former governor couldn’t speak English very well.  Our politicians are just dumb.  Actually if you think about it, they really aren’t dumb.  What’s dumb is that we continue to elect these morons who collect a bloated paycheck for doing NOTHING but incurring more debt.

I am embarrassed to live in this state.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE CHICAGO.  But this state is beyond ridiculous.  I’d move to Indiana but c’mon who is going to do that.  J  Their state drink is water.  That should explain Indiana for you.  I don’t want to move.  I want my city to function.  I want competent people in office.  I want voters to hold these people accountable for their inept behavior.

Unfortunately, as past elections have evidenced, voters are completely disillusioned by politics.  They are encumbered by their daily struggles that they’ve lost hope in government.  There are others who simply refuse to vote for a Republican candidate.  Their denial for the most part to vote for a non-Democratic candidate has greatly hindered this state.  There is a reason the best governed states are with Republican governors.  Illinoisans have a simple choice: change or welcome more of the same.  One can argue that a switch to a Republican governor will prove futile.  What guarantee that candidate will do his/her job?  Well you don’t know if you don’t try.  Opponents in Illinois win elections when the incumbent is off to jail.

Hopefully this post will serve enlightening to my fellow residents.

Hopefully my fellow residents will decide “enough is enough.”

As my blood pressure finally begins to taper to a safer level, I wonder:

Should I run for a governmental position?

Someone has got to do the job.

Why not me?


Twitter: @adrakontaidis & @talkrealdebate


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A conservative who doesn't pander to the GOP.

11 responses to “Illinois Lawmakers Solution to Pension Crisis: Establishing a Committee to Find a Solution”

  1. JF Owen says :

    You have my vote!

  2. Nancy says :

    No matter what governor gets elected he will have to deal with King Madigan in Madiganstan, unless it is Princess Lisa. Then King Madigan will do what ever the Princess wants or maybe Princess will have to do what the King WANTS! We Illinoisans are screwed!

  3. JF Owen says :

    I finally figured it out. Nancy is in dire need of a Snickers bar. If I send you a couple of bucks will you pick one up for her? One of those king size ones would be good.

  4. ronarruejo says :

    I didn’t realize that Illinois is so badly run. I know that the governor is not just one of the most, but the most, unpopular governor in America. You’d think that they would vote the politicians out, but it’s extremely hard to do that in Illinois, especially with the Chicago-style political machinery. I’ve got to counter that they did vote for a Republican in Mark Kirk and he has been extremely moderate, which I like. He seems to be listening to his constituents because he definitely can’t be too extreme (i.e. too left lest be primaried or too right lest be defeated in the general).

    p.s. I live in Indiana so don’t bash them/us too much. I had this stereotype of Indiana, and I was wrong on nearly all my assumptions when I finally came here from California.

    • realtalkrealdebate says :

      Illinois truly is the worse governed state. Governor Quinn isn’t even the most powerful legislator in office. Representative Mike Madigan is the one in charge.

      I like Sen. Kirk as well. I think he’s done a fine job in office. Btw there are Democratic candidates I like as well. Party affiliation doesn’t really matter to me. When I vote I’m one of those people who researches the various candidates legislative history. I also refer to endorsements from the local papers. I try to make the most informed decision. Unfortunately I think I’m in a monitor. Especially amongst my generation. Hopefully I can change that 🙂

      As for my Indiana comment it was more so a joke (although water is the state drink). I personally don’t have a problem with Indiana. I just wrote it in a reference to the two states rivalry. In fact I know a couple of people and now you will live there and like it a lot. 🙂

      Thanks for the comment!

      • ronarruejo says :

        It’s really good you do research on your candidates. It irks me when I can’t find enough information on some candidates because I then abstain on those particular candidates. I’d rather have more information on the local candidates because they affect us more significantly, but if I have enough information to make an informed decision, then I will.

        And I joke about Indiana too…I forgot to put a wink emoticon; sorry, it looked more serious than I intended.

        And your comment about my home state is 100% true, that’s what I said to my friends in other states regarding California.

      • realtalkrealdebate says :

        Oh ok. Thought you got mad. I thought I guess my sarcastic writing isn’t all that great or explicit lol

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