Seriously, could Illinois politicians do worse if they tried?
THIS IS HARDLY NEWS to anyone who has been paying attention, but the ghastly government finance stories just continue to escalate in Illinois.
The issue is getting very close to home, as the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department will acquiesce to county pressures and lay off around 80 employees. Sheriff Gary Caruana has said 65 reserve deputies who provided security around the courthouse, 10 correctional officers from the jail and a handful of others will be losing their jobs. Altogether, more than $4 million is being carved out of the Sheriff's Department budget.
Not unexpectedly, the sheriff says the department will muddle through and continue to provide quality services.
Right. What would one expect him to say? "This is catastrophic. We can't police the county. Look out for yourself."
THE LEVEL OF fiscal insanity in Illinois is almost unimaginable. The political malpractice that endangers the people of Illinois is nearly of biblical proportions. Eventually, it strikes everywhere.
And it's not even a mystery how such things happen.
There's never a shortage of people imploring the government to give them what they want. And there's never a shortage of approval-seeking politicians willing to spend other people's money to make it happen.
Eventually, that's a fiscal train wreck.
Illinois. Exhibit A for malfeasance in public office.