Policy Mic's John Giokaris writes that "Illinois is the Poster Child of the Failure of Progressive Policies":
If anyone wanted a crystal ball to see how a progressive society driven purely by Democratic policies would look like, look no further than Illinois – where President Barack Obama established himself politically.
The Democrats monopolized complete control of Springfield 10 years ago, but Democratic Party Chairman Michael Madigan has been speaker of the Illinois House for 30 years now. To ensure it stays that way, Chicago Machine Democrats have gerrymandered congressional districts in Illinois in such an absurd fashion that one panel of federal judges called the new map “a blatant political move to increase the number of Democratic congressional seats,” while another separate judicial panel acknowledged that the new state legislature plan likely was “enacted in large part to give Democrats a partisan advantage.”
The gerrymandered districts delivered Illinois Democrats veto-proof supermajorities in both chambers of the state legislature in 2012 – making even the governor now irrelevant. Speaker Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton can now pass anything they want with lightning speed and without even looking at Governor Pat Quinn, let alone any Republicans that may still be around. ...More HERE