Oak Park schools hosted state legislators a few days ago.

It's an annual grilling, which went this way in 2013 . . .

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By Jim Bowman


. . .  when Senators Harmon and Lightford and Reps. Lilly and Ford faced parents and taxpayers at Julian School, Oct. 9, 2013.

As recounted in Chapter 8, "Legislators go to school," in Illinois Blues: How the Ruling Party Talks to Voters.

The legislators were welcomed cheerily by the district superintendent as people who had come for the "festivities," which had been many months in the planning.

He noted "gridlock in Washington" as a problem, ignoring the much publicized, recently concluded Springfield version, in which legislators had been locked in combat about pension reform.

Indeed, legislators had just recently received their pay checks, two months late, held up by Gov. Quinn in an effort to get them to stop disagreeing with each other. Not a red cent until you stop bickering.

Small crowd:

"The citizenry," also welcomed, had not materialized as expected. . . . 

Read the rest here . . . 

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