If Illinois isn't at the precipice it's only because it is has tipped over and is headed down. Let's assume it can be saved. If that is the case, then the General Assembly, which is overwhelmingly controlled by the Democrats, doesn't get it. Why not? Because of what WCIA-TV's Mark Maxwell calls "a do-nothing-of-consequence statehouse."
WCIA is in Champaign--and Champaign County is one of the few downstate counties that Hillary Clinton won.
Illinois is burdened by $11 billion in unpaid bills, it has an unsustainable public-sector pension debt, and it is losing population.
At the heart of the problem is state Democratic Party chairman Michael Madigan who has been speaker of the state House since for 32 of the last 34 years.