Madigan’s Machiavellian machinations thwart pension reform – Chicago Sun-Times

17 Aug

Downstaters can denounce him.

State Fair attendees can boo him till their cows come home.

But no one can deny the Machiavellian cunning and genius of House Speaker Michael Madigan.

At the special session of the Legislature on Friday in Springfield, public employee unions and retirees jammed the Capitol rotunda in loud protest of possible pension cuts. But the Democrats who control this state knew they had to at least look — to voters if not to bond houses — as though they were doing something to staunch the pension bleeding that puts Illinois in last, worst place among states with looming fiscal catastrophes.

And with every seat in both the Democratically controlled House and Senate up for election in November, few had the courage to anger suburban teachers, prison guards or university employees when campaign cash and votes are at stake. More…

via Madigan’s Machiavellian machinations thwart pension reform – Chicago Sun-Times.

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