Video: Meltdown on the Illinois house floor

posted at 6:01 pm on May 30, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Political Wire, I don’t think he’s grandstanding, guys. The clenched jaw, the flailing arms, the out-and-out-shrieking — this looks a lot more like a bona fide fit than a performance for the three shut-ins in Illinois who spend time watching floor proceedings in the statehouse. I want you to watch this twice, first for the freakout and then for the reaction by the woman in red directly behind him. She’s the only one who betrays any sense that something magical is happening.

Incidentally, what caused it is the state’s pension crisis. Surprise:

GOP state Rep. Mike Bost flew into a rage after leaders of the Democrat-controlled General Assembly submitted an 11th-hour plan to overhaul the state’s pension fund that excludes Chicago residents from sharing in the financial burden…

The bill would instead shift the costs to suburban and down-state school districts, which could result in an increase of local property taxes in those more conservative regions.

The Democratic leaders and other supporters of the plan argue the proposed change is fair because the property taxes of Chicago residents pay the retirement fund for city public schools, and the state pays part of the fund for down-state teachers, according to the Herald & Review newspaper.

Two clips, one of his Beale-esque moment and the other a more mellow reflection this morning with Fox News. Exit quotation: “You cannot continue to spend money you don’t have.”



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if you lived in Illinois, mainly cook county, you’d have a meltdown too. and that’s a fact.

GhoulAid on May 30, 2012 at 6:06 PM

The chick in the red dress reaction was priceless…

OmahaConservative on May 30, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Rock my world.

nukemhill on May 30, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Reality bites. We knew this was coming. It has been a race to the bottom between Illinois and California.

Note the familiar tactic of submitting bills with no expectation of debating them too. Let’s confine it to Illinois from now on.

DanMan on May 30, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Exit quotation: “You cannot continue to spend money you don’t have.”

Well duh. That’s why they’re stealing the money from your constituents.

Fabozz on May 30, 2012 at 6:07 PM

I don’t know. Seems kind of forced to me…

cynccook on May 30, 2012 at 6:07 PM

This comment from the headlines section seems like helpful context:

Chicago pays for it’s own education services. The people living in Chicago are also contributing to the education programs outside of Chicago. The legislation he is railing against will mean that all the education costs are funded locally so a cost burden will be shifted on to local entities.

lexhamfox on May 30, 2012 at 2:51 PM

tneloms on May 30, 2012 at 6:07 PM

OT

Hate to hijack immediately, but the Reverend Al just read off a list of European countries the US ranks behind (supposedly) in poverty and it is a knee-slapper. Never Never Never give Rev Al a list of funny looking spelled counties without prep!

Sorry.

Marcus on May 30, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Hey, that’s what happens when you elect Democrats. The people of Illinois will wake up someday, AFTER the damage is done.

crosspatch on May 30, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Illinois, please lance the boil that is Chicago.

SouthernGent on May 30, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Suffer thee, not me./dem bible.

OldEnglish on May 30, 2012 at 6:09 PM

I’m angry and I’m not gonna take it anymore!
War cry!

AllahsNippleHair on May 30, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Mike Madigan DOES run Illinois and has for years. He has WAY too much power. So glad we moved to Wisconsin!

ineedahobby on May 30, 2012 at 6:11 PM

This mans passionate, heartfelt plea is exactly what the Nation needs right now. Not some milktoast, pandering, talking point laden gruel the politicos throw out for the brain dead to feed off of.

This man is a patriot.

portlandon on May 30, 2012 at 6:11 PM

tneloms on May 30, 2012 at 6:07 PM

I don’t think he is ranting so much about the legislation as he is about the process. This bill is presented at what amounts to the very last minute. He doesn’t have the time to adequately review it and form an opinion or ask that certain things be modified, etc. He is upset because the Democrats railroad legislation down their throats. It is more of the “we have to pass it to see what is in it” mentality.

THAT is what I got that he is upset about, not the legislation itself.

crosspatch on May 30, 2012 at 6:12 PM

tneloms on May 30, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Wow. So people who receive benefits should have to pay for those benefits? Welcome to the right wing.

mankai on May 30, 2012 at 6:12 PM

I bet the guys just staring at their laptops were looking at porn.

Waggoner on May 30, 2012 at 6:16 PM

This mans passionate, heartfelt plea is exactly what the Nation needs right now. Not some milktoast, pandering, talking point laden gruel the politicos throw out for the brain dead to feed off of.

This man is a patriot.

portlandon on May 30, 2012 at 6:11 PM

This, and I watched the video the first time not knowing his party affiliation. After watching it, I liked him no matter what party he belonged to.

the new aesthetic on May 30, 2012 at 6:17 PM

I’m in California…

… I’ll keep broadcasting as long as I can.

Seven Percent Solution on May 30, 2012 at 6:18 PM

I want you to watch this twice, first for the freakout and then for the reaction by the woman in red directly behind him. She’s the only one who betrays any sense that something magical is happening.

Girl in Red’s thoughts at that moment: “Wow. I am SO going to be on YouTube and this is going VIRAL!”

portlandon on May 30, 2012 at 6:18 PM

if you lived in Illinois, mainly cook county, you’d have a meltdown too. and that’s a fact.

GhoulAid on May 30, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Slightly OT: The murder rate in Chicago is up 50% since last year at this time. Maybe it’s time for Illinois to get with the other 49 states and allow concealed carry.

Unfortunately Rahm and the Dems simply don’t believe poor people should have the right to defend themselves from thugs and criminals in their communities. Reason #19546456 why I could never bring myself to vote for a Dem again, ever.

visions on May 30, 2012 at 6:19 PM

We`re getting SO close to chairs and punches being thrown around. In state houses and in D.C. and it`s going to be epic!

ThePrez on May 30, 2012 at 6:20 PM

About effin time. Reminds me of the addendum to the ObamaCareDebacle which was only 700 pages long and submitted about 8 hours before the vote was to be taken.

Illinois can get stuffed, you voted for these clowns so take your medicine. I have to take it everyday up here in Minskesota.

Bishop on May 30, 2012 at 6:20 PM

This is the part where the rest of Illinois forcibly secedes Chicago.

clayj on May 30, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Ah, the Phil Davison school of politics:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5063G1ZDzo

Good Lt on May 30, 2012 at 6:20 PM

No profanity or death threats? A Dem tirade would definitely include one and likely both.

Righteous, baby.

Christien on May 30, 2012 at 6:22 PM

“I feel like I’m taking crazy pills”

nextgen_repub on May 30, 2012 at 6:25 PM

This is the part where the rest of Illinois forcibly secedes Chicago.

clayj on May 30, 2012 at 6:20 PM

And then Washington DC.

AllahsNippleHair on May 30, 2012 at 6:25 PM

We`re getting SO close to chairs and punches being thrown around. In state houses and in D.C. and it`s going to be epic!

ThePrez on May 30, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Taiwanese parliamentary smackdowns–accept no substitutes.

Christien on May 30, 2012 at 6:25 PM

When we all start getting this angry, maybe things will begin to change.

Gentlemen my cry ‘Peace! Peace!’ but there is no peace. The war has actually begun. Our bretheren are already in the field. Why stand we here idle? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?

kbTexan on May 30, 2012 at 6:27 PM

I see from wikipedia this guy went to the University of Illinois. If you think this is a meltdown by an Illini alumnus, you should have heard them a couple of months ago about their basketball program….

radjah shelduck on May 30, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Kudos to him

cmsinaz on May 30, 2012 at 6:27 PM

On deaf ears.

Bmore on May 30, 2012 at 6:29 PM

The Age of Reason gives way to the Age of WTF.

Limerick on May 30, 2012 at 6:29 PM

I’m in California…

… I’ll keep broadcasting as long as I can.

Seven Percent Solution on May 30, 2012 at 6:18 PM

LOL. Best comment this month, maybe this year!!!

dddave on May 30, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Wow. He might start a trend of Representatives actually serving their constituencies.

kingsjester on May 30, 2012 at 6:31 PM

This mans passionate, heartfelt plea is exactly what the Nation needs right now. Not some milktoast, pandering, talking point laden gruel the politicos throw out for the brain dead to feed off of.

This man is a patriot.

portlandon on May 30, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Yes, all Presidents and politicians should act like this.

Good Lt on May 30, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Did you ever know that you’re my hero?
And everything I wish I could be?

I’m sure all the libs will ridicule him for losing his cool, or express grave concern that this will lead to some shooting or another, crosshairs and everything. Never mind that the only thing he said was that the Speaker runs the whole show in Illinois by virtue of his agenda-setting gamesmanship, no mention of rape or killing women and children and all the other gems inhabiting Dem rants.

The Schaef on May 30, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Get this guy on Soledad O’Brien’s show, stat.

Christien on May 30, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Seven Percent Solution on May 30, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Bigglesworth fumbles for the key to the bunker.

Limerick on May 30, 2012 at 6:33 PM

the rats in Kalifornia and Illnois are sinking the ship; jump while you still can!

burserker on May 30, 2012 at 6:36 PM

I’d pay to see some UFC action on the senate floor.
Reid gets in first.

AllahsNippleHair on May 30, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Ah, the Phil Davison school of politics

Good Lt on May 30, 2012 at 6:20 PM

More like the Bobby Knight school of diplomacy. I’d post the link to the youtube video of “Bobby Knight – angry motivation speech” but this is a family friendly site.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2012 at 6:39 PM

the indifference shown from his colleagues is telling…

equanimous on May 30, 2012 at 6:40 PM

First Romney guy on CNN and now this? Are Republicans actually growing spines? EVOLUTION!

Vigilante on May 30, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Think of the scrap metal available in Chicago. 10% of the debt, at least.

Limerick on May 30, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Exit quotation: “You cannot continue to spend money you don’t have.”

The Democrats aren’t spending money they don’t have; they are spending money other people don’t have.

logis on May 30, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Yelling at the top of my frigging lungs from Possum Holler!!!!!

I AM MIKE POST !!!!!!!!

I AM MIKE POST!!!!!!!!

I AM MIKE POST !!!!!!!

I AM MIKE POST !!!!!!!!

God help us survive the fools that “LEAD” us!!!!!!

And that is both sucking parties!!!!!

PappyD61 on May 30, 2012 at 6:45 PM

My ex-husband(Spawn’s dad. Works for the state) is all up in arms that the taxpayers might not have to pay for his union pension when he retires. Waaaah.
What’s so funny is that I’m pretty sure that he’s leaning toward Mitt in November.
My father was an anti-union AFSCME steward(worked for DCFS). He referred to his union gig as ‘terror from within’. *evil grin*

annoyinglittletwerp on May 30, 2012 at 6:46 PM

This is the part where the rest of Illinois forcibly secedes Chicago.

clayj on May 30, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Great! Then people in Chicago won’t have to pay for their teachers pensions AND the pensions of the other teachers in the state which is what the amendment proposes.

The guy is ranting because his constituents will have to pay their own teachers pensions rather than relying on the wealthy property owners in Chicago to send them their money.

It’s surreal seeing all the HotAir cheering for a guy who wants ‘to spread the wealth around’

lexhamfox on May 30, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Here is the real deal….Chicago, look at Detroit. See you fate.

Limerick on May 30, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Wow. He might start a trend of Representatives actually serving their constituencies.

kingsjester on May 30, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Or start a trend where the Ill. legislature resembles the South Korean Parliament. One link of many.

Seriously, while I agree with everything in that rant, I don’t think that this kind of behavior is ultimately effective. Republicans in Ill. have to be frustrated. They rank right up there with CA, MD, NY, and NJ as the most corrupt, liberal and evil governments in American history. But that isn’t going to change by throwing a temper tantrum on the floor of the house. Rep Bost should have been out in front of the cameras telling any media outlet that would listen just how bogus it is to balance the budget on the backs of downstate property owners while exempting Chicago.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Wow. Hot young government women actually dig male screamers? I mean, just look at her squirm. Maybe there really is a G-spot.

- AP thought bubble

Seth Halpern on May 30, 2012 at 6:51 PM

OT

Hate to hijack immediately, but the Reverend Al just read off a list of European countries the US ranks behind (supposedly) in poverty and it is a knee-slapper. Never Never Never give Rev Al a list of funny looking spelled counties without prep!

Sorry.

Marcus on May 30, 2012 at 6:08 PM

..if ye’re gonna hijack the thread with something so delicious, please provide a link, old son!

The War Planner on May 30, 2012 at 6:51 PM

PappyD61 on May 30, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Well I’d be annoyed with Mike Post too. And I’m sure Representative Mike Bost would agree.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2012 at 6:52 PM

My old rep was Anthony DeLuca(idiot-Chicago Heights) and he was a republican until he found it more politically expedient to be a dim.
he voted for Quinny’s huge 2011 tax hike(one of the reasons why we’re now in TX) because 60% of the district ‘wanted it’. Well 60% of the district is on the government dole-so of COURSE they wanted it. Screw the actually taxpayers!
///

annoyinglittletwerp on May 30, 2012 at 6:54 PM

There’s a problem with lexhamfox’s explanation. She didn’t mention any pension fund issue at all.

blink on May 30, 2012 at 6:46 PM

That is what it is all about. Chicago funds it’s own pensions AND the pensions of the rest of the state. The proposal will mean that local entities have to fund their own pensions through their local budget instead of relying on redistribution from property owners in Chicago.

But it is pretty funny watching everyone here cheering on the guy who threw a tantrum about an amendment that would end spreading the wealth.

lexhamfox on May 30, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Yes, all Presidents and politicians should act like this.

Good Lt on May 30, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Right. Because every speech this politician has given has been JUST like this.

He was impassioned, and I applaud him for not going limp, and playing solitaire like the rest of the those sitting around him wondering when Lunch break is.

portlandon on May 30, 2012 at 7:04 PM

lexhamfox on May 30, 2012 at 6:59 PM

You missed the guy’s original point. He has no idea what is in the bill in the first place, so how is he supposed to know what his constituents want. In the end, he knows it doesn’t matter because he has no choice due to the legislature doing whatever the speaker and Quinn want to do. Illinois itself isn’t being represented in the legislature.

Bluray on May 30, 2012 at 7:05 PM

lexhamfox on May 30, 2012 at 6:59 PM

You keep making these points, but you provide no facts as to why downstate should pay more than they already are for services? You really think that Chicago has gotten shafted in this regards for years???

Bluray on May 30, 2012 at 7:09 PM

It’s surreal seeing all the HotAir cheering for a guy who wants ‘to spread the wealth around’

lexhamfox on May 30, 2012 at 6:47 PM

But it is pretty funny watching everyone here cheering on the guy who threw a tantrum about an amendment that would end spreading the wealth.

lexhamfox on May 30, 2012 at 6:59 PM

So is it surreal or funny? Do you want try a third time?

You’re a joke.

CW on May 30, 2012 at 7:10 PM

I originally thought he was a D, and while he does seem sincere, I’m not a fan of this approach. It makes him look a little childish. Knowing he’s an R hasn’t changed that.

Esthier on May 30, 2012 at 7:12 PM

But it is pretty funny watching everyone here cheering on the guy who threw a tantrum about an amendment that would end spreading the wealth.

lexhamfox on May 30, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Only a view worth considering if you are suggesting that the City of Chicago should self-fund for everything.

The reality is that Chicago views the rest of the the way Detroit views the rest of Michigan. One giant ATM that sucks up 70% of the resources in “sharing” schemes that are designed to benefit the respective citys and do real harm to other parts of the state. In Detroit’s case, population of the city has shrunk so much that they had to pass special laws to amend the special laws that singled out Detroit as the only beneficiary based on population.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Esthier on May 30, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Until we moved last year, I had lived in Il most of my life. Being a republican in that state could cause a meltdown in ANYONE.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 30, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Totally irresponsible. He could have caused some nasty paper cuts at the start there.

Sharke on May 30, 2012 at 7:18 PM

OT, but ……
“Without a rush of new cash, MoveOn says it will have to give up efforts to elect Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, help the recall fight against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and energize younger voters who’ve soured on Washington.”

pambi on May 30, 2012 at 7:03 PM

You’re excused! :0 I wonder how much of it is true and how much of it is fearmongering.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2012 at 7:19 PM

No reasons to be upset over the pension mess ….

http://media.apps.chicagotribune.com/pensions/index.html

Oh wait……

CW on May 30, 2012 at 7:21 PM

But it is pretty funny watching everyone here cheering on the guy who threw a tantrum about an amendment that would end spreading the wealth.

lexhamfox on May 30, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Actually, I’m in favor of the teachers funding their own pensions. How do you think that would go over with the fine lawmakers of Illinois?

trigon on May 30, 2012 at 7:22 PM

You are tearing me apart, Illinois!

blammm on May 30, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Allah, you would have to know Illinois politics for what it really is to understand why this guy was totally, 100% justified to go off the way he did!

House Speaker Mike Madigan is the REAL power in Illinois politics and he and his minions are driving the state financially into the ground, and have been for quite some time, while lining their own pockets and building their own power bases. All they know are two things, TAX and SPEND, or SPEND and TAX. It is the classic Democrat view of finances, except in Illinois, it is taken to a level that has to be seen to be believed!

And what is totally ridiculous is in spite of the dire straits this state is facing right now, with eventually bankruptcy just around the corner, Madigan STILL wants to do things HIS way, which again is TAX and SPEND or SPEND and TAX!

So what you saw happen here today is something I wish would happen in the State Legislature more often. Someone has to put a stop to this, and the only way it will ever happen is when Mike Madigan is either voted out of office or indicted. Either way, the man has got to be stopped and soon!

pilamaye on May 30, 2012 at 7:39 PM

I wish the American people were that outraged. God knows they should be. What’s it going to take? I’m so afraid this Muslim commie fraud will be reelected and then it’ll be too late.

What a terrible year to quit smoking. What the hell was I thinking?

DanaLynn on May 30, 2012 at 7:43 PM

…would like to see that on a daily basis…

KOOLAID2 on May 30, 2012 at 7:45 PM

I live in Illinois – we are going to be screwed by this and all of their other “last minute” reforms. I’m fortunate to be represented by Tom Morrison – a Hillsdale college grad in the 54th district. Just not enough of those guys to make a difference in this cesspool.

usedtobeinmich on May 30, 2012 at 7:52 PM

That was actually quite entertaining. I’m downloading NETWORK as I write this. Our side needs a little more of this kind of passion. I’ll be watching this guy.

Tomolena1 on May 30, 2012 at 8:27 PM

And for all of you thinking “Yeah! I like this guy!” and you’re not giving as close to 5 hours a week as you can to the campaign of your choice to help that person win their election, you’re part of the problem.

beatcanvas on May 30, 2012 at 8:54 PM

MIKE BOST!!!!

Not Post. :-)))

PappyD61 on May 30, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Good for you Rep. Mike Bost, it long past time that people start getting angry. Maybe this is what its going to take to call attention to budgets out of control.

Axion on May 30, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Right. Because every speech this politician has given has been JUST like this.

He was impassioned, and I applaud him for not going limp, and playing solitaire like the rest of the those sitting around him wondering when Lunch break is.

portlandon on May 30, 2012 at 7:04 PM

He acted like Anthony Weiner used to up there. Not flattering.

Good Lt on May 30, 2012 at 9:18 PM

You speak of something magical happening … yeah, that will be when the idiots who keep sending Michael Madigan back to the IL statehouse come to their ever-elusive maybe nonexistent senses and refuse to send him back there again–but I fear he’ll croak before that happens–28 of the last 30 years he’s been Speaker of the IL House. And then there are a few others in power in the IL Gen Assembly who also need to be booted into retirement. Our only hope is that the state goes belly up–and soon–then just goes outta business.

stukinIL4now on May 30, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Can you imagine the Illinois house?

Think about how insane it has to be in there…

tom daschle concerned on May 30, 2012 at 9:32 PM

The man has absolutely nothing to apologize for.

As to that lady behind the representative with the smarmy expression on her face:

I wish someone would smack it off.

Sherman1864 on May 30, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Actually, I’m in favor of the teachers funding their own pensions. How do you think that would go over with the fine lawmakers of Illinois?

trigon on May 30, 2012 at 7:22 PM

I’m sure they would love it. Or just ask them to work for free and save more money.

lexhamfox on May 30, 2012 at 10:08 PM

4 years ago people asked me why I bought a place in East Tennessee.
I had lived in Maryland since 1985 and from 1962 to 1979.
I made alot of money there till the government meddled in the insurance business by letting banks sell the stuff.
So I became a registered rep. Well we know how First Union did with that and others. So then I moved into the car credit and consulting business, but alas the states decided everything car dealers did was a customer screw job. You add on prep charges, marking up the F and I interest rates, selling lousy extended service contracts, sound and rust proofing. etc etc etc.
Funny most of that still survise because the states did not want to totally kill the goose that lays the big sale tax egg.
Anyhow I finally got my own mortgage business and I only did FHA and VA loans. I did not hurt anyone and sleep well at nights.
Maryland kept raising taxes, sales, my county had a republican exec and he raised the income tax, now the DEM governor his highness martin o’malley raised the tolls for the commuters (tunnels and bridges, and now the state income tax) this I coudl take but THEY RAISED THE DARN ALCOHOL TAXES< that broke my back and I retired and moved. Maryland is like a junior Illinois. It seems the people like that guy Mike in the state house and cardin and hoyer and mikulski (who is not all bad but 95 percent spend and spend and it bit her on the arse with the USS Comfort moving top Norfolk) have been there forever and I had enough and moved.
Funny thing 3 of my neighbors here are from Potomac, Salisbury, and Bel Air Maryland i also got at least 4 neighbors from the Chicago area.

I wonder why! Live Free or Die, a nice New Hampshire state motto.

losarkos on May 30, 2012 at 10:17 PM

BREAKING NEWS from WGN-TV Chicago: Madigan has relented about kicking the costs down the road to the suburbs and downstate due to heavy complaints from both Republicans and Democrats. I guess the phones have been ringing off the hooks at statereps offices today.

stukinIL4now on May 30, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Illinois, please lance the boil that is Chicago.

SouthernGent on May 30, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Hard to. They don’t call it Crook County for nothing. They know where our kids go to school.

Jaibones on May 30, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Ooooouuuuuuugah!!!!!! All pizz and vinegar — my kind of guy!

Wish Mitt Romney had some of that.

Conservchik on May 30, 2012 at 10:54 PM

if you lived in Illinois, mainly cook county, you’d have a meltdown too. and that’s a fact.

GhoulAid on May 30, 2012 at 6:06 PM

And I’m eternally grateful I DON’T.

Myron Falwell on May 30, 2012 at 11:37 PM

the indifference shown from his colleagues is telling…

equanimous on May 30, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Indeed, they seem tranquilized by years of pork, payoffs, and business-as-usual.

Kenosha Kid on May 30, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Nice to see a politition who acts like they give a damn that our country is going to hell. He did however strike a pet peeve of mine.

We live in a R-E-P-U-B-L-I-C!!!! NOT a Democracy!

dom89031 on May 31, 2012 at 12:03 AM

Sadly, I bring greetings from Cook County.

iheart707 on May 31, 2012 at 12:10 AM

The guy is ranting because his constituents will have to pay their own teachers pensions rather than relying on the wealthy property owners in Chicago to send them their money.

It’s surreal seeing all the HotAir cheering for a guy who wants ‘to spread the wealth around’

lexhamfox on May 30, 2012 at 6:47 PM

You don’t know what you’re talking about. The Republicans and dems worked together for 1 1/2 years to put a bill together to fix the pension problems. Mike Madigan ripped it apart and put back together a 259 page bill and the Representatives had 10 minutes to look at it before a vote.

They tried to offer an amendment so they had time to get a look at what they were voting on but Madigan has the power to not allow it. In Illinois, Madigan has been given way too much power and to top it off, his daughter is the Attorney General!

Vince on May 31, 2012 at 1:21 AM

He is working REALLY hard *not* to say some really bad words. I wish he’d managed to punch that bill properly, though – blew the theatrics for a moment.

GWB on May 31, 2012 at 9:59 AM

That state is dying. Not a day goes by when I don’t look back after escaping across the river to live and work, and feel sorry my friends stuck in their government’s employ as state university staff. They had other opportunities, but valued benefits (early retirement, health coverage, “job security”, etc) over employment elsewhere for a wage that matches their skills.

chibbel on May 31, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Reality bites. We knew this was coming. It has been a race to the bottom between Illinois and California.

Wait, wait – till the 6th when we vote the Jerry Brown temporary tax down. Then we will reach the bottom.

democratsarefools on May 31, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Great! Then people in Chicago won’t have to pay for their teachers pensions AND the pensions of the other teachers in the state which is what the amendment proposes.

I pay my own pension…do teachers in other states not do that?

Bob's Kid on May 31, 2012 at 1:15 PM