01/13/2011 11:23 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Billion-Dollar Baby: Disturbing Story Of Illinois Politics In Action

She is somebody somebody sent.

In the best--or maybe it's the worst--tradition of local politics. And she was pressured into voting for a multi-billion dollar hike in the state income tax in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. By her Democratic Party allies in Springfield.

Some of her friends and neighbors may be unhappy with the tax vote but she won't be facing any political consequences or voter backlash. And here's why: She stepped down as an Illinois State Representative at noon on Wednesday. After one week on the job. That's right--one week. She was, in simple terms, the lamest lame duck in a feckless Springfield flock.

A billion-dollar baby.

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