Chicago Sun-Times reporter Dave McKinney was following statewide legislative results while I was looking at the McHenry County Board.
The short of it is that the legislative maps worked as well or better than did the Congressional maps.
Losing Joe Walsh, Bob Dold, Bobby Shilling and Judy Biggert and keeping Jerry Costello’s seat Democrat was pretty much all that Mike Madigan could have wished for. 9Not to mention having Don Manzullo lose to Adam Kinzinger in the GOP primary.)
But United States House of Representatives will still be in Republican hands, so there is something of a brake there.
Not so in Springfield.
Dave McKinney reports that Mike Madigan will have a veto-proof majority.
So will John Cullerton.
Madigan is getting a net gain of seven seats by his calculations.
In the Senate the edge will be 40-19.
Can everyone spell “minority?”
For certain our local school taxes will go up as the Democrats shift the pension burden that state legislators in years past spent on increasing teacher salaries (at the urging of the teacher unions, of course), rather than putting the money into the Downstate Teachers Retirement Fund, as it was budgeted by Governors.
That practice delivered a two-fer to the taxpayers.
Obvious is the money could not go both places.
By putting the money budgeted for pensions into higher State Aid to Education, which allowed higher teacher salaries, future pensions, in turn, were increased.
What else will Madigan want to do to us?
Don’t dismiss the possibility that the state income tax may be further increased.
And remember, we haven’t felt it yet because of the Feds having cut the Social Security tax by the exact same amount that the Democrats raised income taxes–two percentage points.
And, as taxes go up on the taxpayers of Illinois, more and more of them will decide to move.
And the downward spiral will continue.