Don Harmon and the $7 billion shortage

Or "voting with the leadership"

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By Jim Bowman


It's this Madigan budget. If party loyalty is Sen. Harmon's strong suit, as in his voting to short-change Oak Park schools, then it's no surprise that he voted for the Madigan budget, with its absurd $7-billion deficit. And in this he was on the minority side of a 17-31 vote!

You dance with the one who brought you, of course. Harmon knows (and endorses) that. Where would he be without the party? So he went with the leadership, such as it is, and let the devil take the hindmost.

You can read more about Harmon, Rep. Camille Lilly, and others of the Ruling Party in my new book, Illinois Blues: How the Ruling Party Talks to Voters, It's available also in Kindle format.

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Tom MacMillan from Oak Park  

Posted: June 5th, 2016 3:06 PM

Where would he be without the party? He went right from college to a political staff job, then on to a seat where no republican ever challenges. A nice reward because Madigan could see that this young man would do whatever he was told, every time. Its really a shame this is what we get representing us.

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