The following is an excerpt from an opinion written by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek:
Governor Bruce Rauner, House Speaker Michael Madigan, Senate President John Cullerton, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin:
It's time for some plain truth-telling.
You all are damaging our state, its business and industry, its credibility, perhaps beyond repair.
We're losing jobs. Business executives who would relocate or grow here should have their heads examined. Our debts, and the tax bills we're all going to face or hand down to our children, are skyrocketing. All of that is occurring because of all of you and your power-hungry political stalling.
You'll finally all meet next week for the first time in six months, offer the same stale soundbites and not publicly say anything about reaching a budget deal until sometime after January, when you're confident about who has March primary competition. Then, you'll need to risk fewer of your members' political careers when they are forced to vote for a tax increase that grows by the hour.
Illinois is like a 197-year-old house. The foundation started sagging four or five decades ago, when Madigan, Cullerton and previous Republican governors began skipping pension payments or borrowing from the payments to pay for your pork...
You can read the rest of Doubek's opinion here.