Walter’s Perspective: Lawmakers Selling Us Out

CHICAGO (CBS) — The best news I saw during the holiday weekend was about members of our Illinois General Assembly in Springfield being caught by the Better Government Association – selling themselves to the ComEd and Ameren power companies.

They were given more than $1 million by those companies, then passed a law to allow the companies to raise our electric bills.

The leaders of the Democrats in Springfield pocketed $76,000, while the leaders of the Republicans took in more than $145,000.

Then they led their parties to vote the way that ComEd and Ameren wanted them to vote – insisting, of course, that they do not vote for money.

Maybe they don’t. Maybe it’s just a coincidence that of the 98 members in the General Assembly who voted for the power companies, 90 of them took power company cash, helping themselves to big bundles – not caring a whit what it may cost us.

  • patrick

    this is SO profound (that is sarcasm because if you think this isn’t obvious dunderheadedness then you probably do not understand what sarcasm is either)

  • Roberta Waker

    Even your local government will sell you out for money when it comes to getting better rates for electric, water, cable or whatever – they are all crooks. Best thing for us to do is vote them all out every election year until we get good ones, if there ARE any left in government. And, if you EVER have a chance to give your locality Home Rule – DON’T – they will abuse it and then you have to revoke it if your population doesn’t meet the requirements for them to have it automatically.

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