Illinois's former Governor Edgar had it right months ago. Edgar characterized current Governor Rauner's refusal to negotiate a budget until he wins concessions on his ideological policy agenda as "hostage taking."
By law, an Illinois budget for fiscal year 2016 should have been passed no later than July 1, 2015. Thousands of Illinoisans and organizations have been terribly affected by the Illinois budget crisis, and that number continues to grow every day.
In October, Emanuel had seen his former schools chief, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, plead guilty to corruption charges in one of the most brazen bribery schemes in state history. The McDonald controversy brought demands for his resignation that continue today.
House Speaker Michael Madigan won't budge on opposing Gov. Bruce Rauner's reforms and also won't acknowledge that maybe, just maybe, some of the actions by ruling Democrats from 2003-2015 might have contributed the fiscal disaster and economic malaise now gripping Illinois.