It seems almost surreal for Springfield to go on with business as usual when there is so much going wrong. The Illinois State Museum is about to shut down for no good reason, homeless shelters throughout the state are being denied state funding (see “Chopping off the hands that help,” by Patrick Yeagle, p. 9) and the state has stopped paying health care insurance claims for hundreds of thousands of state employees and retirees (see Chris Britt, p. 4). While other parts of the state may continue to assign equal blame to the governor and the legislature, this town knows that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s anti-union agenda is the cause of the trouble. Illinois is not anti-union. But there may be a lot more chaos and pain before this sinister kind of politics is defeated here. –Fletcher Farrar, editor and publisher

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