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Illinois voters have endured a lot from their state government. Not growing the economy and creating good-paying jobs. Massive corruption, cronyism and patronage. And four of my nine predecessors have gone to prison. Pick your favorite culprit -- legislators, unions, pensions -- and старинное порно вид екатерина2 may have a case.

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But the one thing that current and former elected officials, academics and Springfield insiders cite most is perhaps the most painfully obvious: Illinois governors are powerful. But over the last two decades, public confidence, financial stability and economic growth in Illinois have all suffered. Старинное порно вид екатерина2 that time, Illinois has had four governors: But Rauner saw his own старинное порно вид екатерина2 collapse last year when rank-and-file GOP lawmakers abandoned his cause after a two-year budget standoff.

Only a tiny fraction of residents believes the state is heading in the right direction. Getting Illinois back on track will require years of calm attention to rebuilding public trust, balancing budgets and practicing the neglected art of governing. Twenty years ago, Illinois was humming along. Bond ratings had been upgraded a handful of times during his tenure, a first in Illinois history.

A Republican pharmacist from Kankakee, Ryan was an imposing figure with deep-set eyes, a gravelly voice and large hands that barely budged when you shook them. He rose through the ranks in Springfield as a legislator, House speaker, lieutenant governor and secretary of state.

When Edgar decided to retire, Старинное порно вид екатерина2 was the logical choice for Republicans. Instead, they associate him with a sprawling bribes-for-licenses scandal that dogged Ryan from his days as secretary of state.

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It sprang from an investigation over a fiery traffic crash in that killed five children because an Illinois trucker failed to heed warnings that his taillight was loose. His approval ratings plummeted from старинное порно вид екатерина2 percent in to 27 percent a year later. Ryan defiantly denied any wrongdoing, but his standing would never recover.

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From his weakened position, Ryan had to guide the state through an unprecedented fiscal crisis after the terrorist attacks. Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability.

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Nobody was surprised when Ryan was indicted on a variety of federal corruption charges nearly a year after he left office. He served six and a half years in prison and was released in But the scandal that tainted his administration would open the door to a successor who would not only land in prison, but would also become a national pariah.

Rod Blagojevich became instantly infamous when the FBI arrested the sitting Illinois governor in his старинное порно вид екатерина2 clothes in the morning darkness of Dec.

The same feds who had patiently stalked Ryan for years said they had старинное порно вид екатерина2 choice but to arrest Blagojevich after listening to seven weeks of wiretaps of his phones and office. Blagojevich, they claimed, was about to sell an appointment to the U. Senate seat vacated by the newly elected president from Illinois, Barack Obama. Illinois lawmakers quickly impeached and removed Blagojevich.

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They quickly ran into a big problem: Lawmakers went along with the idea anyway. Madigan, who opposed the idea, embarrassed the governor by quickly putting it up for consideration in the House, where it failed to get a single vote. Two months before his arrest, Blagojevich had few friends left, in Springfield or in the state as a whole. The Chicago Tribune reported in October that only 13 percent of Illinoisans viewed him favorably.

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FBI wiretaps showed that the feeling was mutual. So [expletive] all of you.

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For decades, the Democrat had been in and around state government, but mostly as a rabble rouser. In the early s, he led a successful effort to reduce the size of the Illinois House by a third, but then he bounced from office to office.

He won election for a single term as state treasurer, lost a bid to oust Ryan as secretary of state and then ran successfully for lieutenant governor on the same ticket as Blagojevich. At the time, Illinois gubernatorial candidates did not pick their running mates. Once Quinn became governor, he did a lot of heavy lifting, especially on budget-related matters, that Blagojevich refused to do.

But he had to do it in the throes of the Great Recession. Illinois Office of the Comptroller. So he persuaded outgoing lawmakers in a lame-duck session to raise the income tax by double the original proposed amount. Lawmakers hiked personal income tax rates from 3 percent to 5 percent, and raised corporate rates as well. The catch was that the new rates would last only four years before going back down. But the старинное порно вид екатерина2 money did help the state catch up with some of its unpaid bills.

Quinn also tried to take on the pension problem by reducing retirement benefits. Inhe signed a law that reduced pensions for most new state employees and teachers. But Quinn pressed for more, старинное порно вид екатерина2 inlawmakers agreed to a package that would have curbed benefits even for workers and retirees covered under the original pension scheme.

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Inthe state Supreme Court struck down the law старинное порно вид екатерина2 violating the Illinois Constitution, which has strong protections against diminishing retirement benefits for state employees. Eventually, the public soured on Quinn. His reputation took another hit when an investigator found widespread patronage hiring at the state Department of Transportation, both under Blagojevich and under Quinn.

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When Quinn came up for reelection inhis loudest critic was a wealthy businessman who won the Republican nomination to oppose him. Once Pat Quinn became governor, he did a lot of heavy lifting, especially on budget-related matters. Although Rauner had long mingled in political circles and once counted Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as a friend, he was virtually unknown to most Illinoisans before his bid for governor.

Once in office, though, Rauner set his sights on limiting the power of public employee unions and career politicians in the General Assembly. Illinois desperately needed a budget, because the temporary income tax hike that Quinn pushed through expired just before Rauner came into office, and старинное порно вид екатерина2 were no spending cuts to offset the lost revenue.

The standoff lasted старинное порно вид екатерина2 two years, during which time Illinois limped along without any clear spending plan. It was the longest span any state had ever gone without a budget. Strangely, much of the government continued to function.

Long-standing laws required Illinois to make pension contributions and bond payments even without a budget. Rauner cut a старинное порно вид екатерина2 with lawmakers to keep money flowing to schools during the hiatus. And courts insisted that state employees be paid, and ordered the state to abide by consent decrees that mandated spending on certain social services. But the impasse created all sorts of havoc in other places. Many of them had already reduced services and laid off staff during the recession.

State-run universities also got no funding from Старинное порно вид екатерина2 during the budget crisis. Старинное порно вид екатерина2 sorts of contractors, from the utility that provided power to the Capitol to dentists who treated state employees, were frozen out as well. Meanwhile, the backlog of unpaid bills shot up again. Illinois was spending about the same amount it had старинное порно вид екатерина2 when the income tax had been higher, but the state was no longer collecting enough money to sustain that spending.

Comptroller Susana Mendoza warned that Illinois was dangerously close to not having enough cash to meet court orders to pay for essential services, which meant Illinois could be held in contempt of court in several cases. On Wall Street, bond rating agencies grew старинное порно вид екатерина2 alarmed by the impasse. Two of the three downgraded Illinois to a step above junk bond status.

No state had ever been in this situation. As the collateral damage grew, so did pressure on lawmakers to end the crisis. The talks were старинное порно вид екатерина2 promising that the governor even counted on the revenue they would produce in his annual budget proposal. But as the deal moved closer to a vote, Rauner attached ever more demands and ultimately старинное порно вид екатерина2 Republican senators not to support it.

They needed a handful of Republicans to go along, too. The impetus came from rank-and-file Republicans. David Harris was one of them. They wanted to know whether Democrats were serious about ending the standoff, or just wanted to use it to discredit старинное порно вид екатерина2 governor.

The House Democrats took them up on their offer to work together. Fifteen Republicans were among the 72 House members who supported the spending plan. When Rauner vetoed the measure, 10 of the GOP members joined in a successful move to override him.

On July 6,after two years of costly stalemate and embarrassment, Illinois finally had a budget again. The budget package allowed the state to borrow money to pay off its oldest bills, which due to penalties were accruing interest at a rate of 12 percent annually. Those bonds were also used to pay off Medicaid bills, because the state receives matching federal funds for those expenses. Its taxes, labor and energy costs are in the middle of the pack for industrial Midwest states.

What sets Illinois apart, they say, is the recent political tumult in Springfield. That is the idea старинное порно вид екатерина2 Madigan, the powerful House speaker who has held the title for all but two years sinceis the real center of power in Springfield.

Rauner and many of his fellow Republicans point their fingers at Madigan as the true source of trouble in state government. The speaker controls the legislative agenda in the House, and makes most of the important decisions behind closed doors, leaving lobbyists, members, the media and even governors to guess why certain bills die or suddenly come back to life. His pronouncements to the press are practically Delphic, and his public remarks rarely deviate from a very short script.

In addition to being speaker, Madigan is the chair of the state Democratic Party and a much-feared ward boss on the southwest side of Chicago.



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