We need to restore the two-party system in the Illinois legislature. Republican super-minorities in the House and Senate have empowered Chicago Democrat Speaker Madigan to hold the state budget hostage. Behind closed doors, he silently refuses to negotiate. Madigan could ignore reforms and pass his own state budget tomorrow, yet he chooses not to do so. He is the architect of the Illinois Budget Crisis and the single largest roadblock to an effective General Assembly.
Here’s the ultimate injustice. Here in the suburbs, we pay the highest property taxes in the nation, yet Chicago and Speaker Madigan play by a different set of rules.
For example, Speaker Madigan only pays $2568 on his 3500 sq. ft. home to the Chicago Public School district, yet we here in the suburbs we pay 76% more to our local schools!
My first priorities are property tax relief and limiting Madigan’s power. Help me reign this abuse.