Illinois Blues, Chapter 7, The Restless Citizens of Galewood

Harmon, Lilly back into a buzz saw . . .

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By Jim Bowman


The Galewood meeting was held on September 12, 2013, when 60 or so residents gathered in the small Galewood Community Church, a few blocks north of North Avenue, the Oak Park-Chicago boundary.

In a meeting of just over an hour, assorted cries from the heart filled the air while the two legislators (Sen. Harmon, Rep.Lilly) responded — civilly at first, but as the evening wore on, less so, even testily, with Lilly fairly shouting at one point, talking over questioners.

 Optimism again:

Harmon took his customary optimistic stance. The state is "turning the corner," he said. There had been "no borrowing for the last three years." The pension problem was not as dire as some in the media were saying. The issue was not pensions anyhow, but pension benefits.


A retired teacher asked why her benefits were on the line.

 They aren't, Harmon said: . . . 

 Read the rest here.




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