I am in general agreement with the points of your May 18 editorial, "In Capitol, bravery in short supply."However, I take issue with your statement that it is Gov. Rauner’s responsibility to get the job done and he hasn’t done it. I personally lay all the blame for lack of progress squarely at the feet of House Speaker Mike Madigan who seems perfectly willing to let Illinois’ financial condition collapse in on itself like a giant black hole rather than give a millimeter to any of Gov. Rauner’s proposed reforms to make Illinois more financially stable and business friendly.
Bruce Rauner was elected by a majority of Illinois voters in a statewide election because they wanted at least some of his proposals to be enacted into law. He has been willing to forego numerous proposals in an attempt to reach a compromise with the Democrat-controlled legislature on a state budget. It is totally outrageous that one state representative from one legislative district should be able to wield enough power to bully and intimidate enough members of the General Assembly to totally stymie the will of a majority of statewide voters. Such is life in the People's Democratic Republic of Illinois.
Even former Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, a Democrat, recently voiced her support for term limits and nonpartisan drawing of legislative district boundaries in an address at Illinois State University.
Randall E. Carney, Bloomington