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A Yearly Tradition: Horse Trading in Springfield. Plus, the Top 10 Illinois Imports

Reboot Illinois' Matt Dietrich takes a look at the practice of horse trading in Springfield in a weekly video recap.

It’s May, which means this is horse-trading season in Springfield.

Lawmakers have until the General Assembly’s May 31 adjournment to pass a budget, but things are complicated this year. Gov. Pat Quinn is pushing for lawmakers to make the 2011 temporary income tax increase permanent so that next year’s budget can include more tax money. If tax rates fall by 25 percent as scheduled at the end of this year, Quinn has warned that thousands of teachers and police officers will be laid off as state funding for education, public safety and other areas falls sharply.

Reboot Illinois' Matt Dietrich explains the entire situation in Reboot Illinois' weekly video, "Only in Illinois." It's a great way to understand a complicated, yet yearly practice in Illinois government.

Clearly the horse trading does not involve actual horses, nor are horses one of Illinois' top imports. But beer is.

Yep, beer is one of the top 10 imports in Illinois. We've got the nine other imports included in our list of Illinois' top 10 imports.

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Ryan May 12, 2014 at 01:21 PM
One of Illinois' top ten imports must be capital from other states/countries, to purchase the government bonds that finance Springfield's profligate spending and enormous deficits and mounting debt.
Edward Andrysiak May 13, 2014 at 12:32 PM
Do they think we are stupid??? Talk after talk about raising taxes with NOTHING what so ever being discussed about cutting expenditures. Anyone who thinks the State is run with any degree of efficiency needs to be committed. They really want you to believe that sending them more money is the only answer...it is not. Heads should roll...and soon! I say ZERO BASED BUDGETIG done every year is but one way to clean things up.
Vicky Kujawa May 13, 2014 at 02:27 PM
That's what all of the beer is for; people stuck in this cesspool need to self-medicate....a LOT.
Jonah Trill May 19, 2014 at 10:19 PM
Damn i was hoping this about actual horses
Bernard Johnson May 27, 2014 at 12:48 AM
The best legislature in Illinois is one that's not in session. If the Founding Fathers and drafters of the assorted state's constitutions failed in any respect the one THING they never envisioned was a professional politician! Whether on the federal, state, county, township or municipal level, government needs to be limited [not eliminated, but, limited]. This means term limits, to start with. The longer one is in office the more empire building that takes place and 'seniority' under the current system brings disproportionate 'clout.' Dynastic families in Illinois have wrecked havoc on the democratic process: the Daley's, Cullerton's, Madigan's, etc. Overlapping adminisrative entities in Illinois desperately need to be eliminated {water, sanitation, school-boards, etc}, Townships should be eliminated - they're antiquated concepts and have outgrown/outlasted any justification for their existence. Taxing-authorities must be shrunk! Illinois has the most taxing-authorities of any state in the Union - nearly 7,000; some states have under 100. In short, we've entirely too much government in Illinois. Volume certainly doesn't equate to quality and bigger - in this instance, isn't better! While we certainly need and want government, we also need and want far less of it, and what we do need is both efficiency and transparency. Consolidate government, abandon defined-benefit pension plans for public employees, streamline adminisration and taxing-authorities, and both impose term-limits and prohibit patronage. While we're at it, combine all public transportation in the state under one administrative entity and forget about both an airport in Peotone and/or the Illiana-highway. Only through profound shrinkage of what passes as 'government' in Illinois can we hope to avoid this state becoming one big Detroit. We need well educated and independent managers, along with a well educated civil service. Out with the hacks and in with the professional administrators. Also, shorten the legislative sessions. We might even make 'our' elected positions part-time. Say, while we're at it; how about making double and/or triple-dipping illegal and preclude those 'working' in elected office from having outside jobs at the same time? You know, folks like Mike Madigan - who acts not only as Speaker of the House in Illinois, but, has a profoundly lucrative law practice for real-estate tax appeals. I mean, what's up with that!


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