You’d be hard-pressed to find a coach of any sport who will not echo the sentiment, “nothing good ever happens after midnight.”
Doing anything in the wee hours of the morning is usually not a good idea. Coaches know that the phone calls they get after midnight are a harbinger of a bad day to come. Usually someone’s been arrested, been in an accident, or been in a fight.
When it comes to legislating after midnight, it is usually the harbinger of really bad days to come. But, unfortunately, and, yet again, the Illinois legislature heaped new mandates and record spending on Illinois taxpayers into the wee hours of the morning while Illinois taxpayers gripped their pillows tight for their Memorial Day weekend sleeps.
While Northwest Illinois snored, the “sandmen” in Springfield were sprinkling politicians pay raises all about in state spending plans. While you counted sheep, Democrats counted votes toward passing flawed legislation with no public review, less than an hour of debate, and only allowing one speaker in time-limited opposition to their budget bill.
Budgets bigger than any budgets passed before them; reversing promises made on phasing out outdated taxes on employers; and “transparency” practiced, literally, in the dark of night with no time for public review. This is the legacy of Illinois Democrat ELECTED leaders. That’s right folks- voters sent them there and they pull this crap in the middle of the night.
This behavior is not even surprising to Illinois taxpayers, who have grown accustomed to this type of obfuscation and sleight of hand. We are no longer surprised at the shady practices of Chicago politicians.
Because of this casual relationship Illinois Democrats seem to have with the principles of transparency and public input, I will be filing legislation calling for an “after midnight” rule in the Illinois House of Representatives. My legislation states that no legislation shall be passed between midnight and six am, unless both the majority leader and minority leader agree. Room for emergencies, but none for partisan deception.
In the future, your elected officials should not be reaching for their “vote” button at 3 am, unless there is a crisis in the state. If there were grades below F for legislative performance, majority democrats in Illinois would get them. Let’s get real and give them their Z’s.