class-warfare obsessed lame duck governor, Chicago Democrat Pat Quinn, will be out of office on Monday. Voters chose businessman Bruce Rauner to replace him. The General Assembly is scheduled to convene next Wednesday, but Quinn, in a blatant partisan move, called a special session for tomorrow that will consider a proposal to call a special election for the office of comptroller, one that will cost taxpayers $50,000.
Republican Judy Baar Topinka won reelection to that post in November--but she died last month. As it stands now, Rauner will have the power to appoint a replacement for Topinka to fill out her four year term, but Quinn and the Democrats believe that a special election next year will give their party a good chance to elect one of their own, as liberal turnout is higher in presidential election years.
Illinois has over $4 billion in unpaid bills and a pension system that is underfunded by $100 billion. Of course libs will reply that $50,000 isn't a lot of money, but that disregard for wasteful spending is a large reason why the Prairie State is a fiscal basketcase.
My idea? Combine the offices of treasurer and comptroller--starting in 2019.