Brandon W. Phelps

Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in Illinois

September 23, 2017

Belleville News-Democrat

Illinois lawmakers quitting before voters get to fire them

Sometimes chickens come home to roost. Sometimes they fly the coop.

There are 25 Illinois state lawmakers getting out, and 19 of them voted for saddling taxpayers with the 32-percent income tax increase that no one believes really fixed anything.

Between when Gov. Bruce Rauner was inaugurated and by the time the next legislature takes office, 36 percent of the Illinois House and 25 percent of the Illinois Senate will have turned over.

The upside of dysfunction seems to be that if you allow a two-year budget impasse, if you let your deadbeat...