Contrary to popular progressive opinion, Illinois doesn't have a revenue problem in meeting its constitutional requirements to the voters of this state, and its problem isn't exclusively about spending either…although – let's be clear – spending is certainly a really big problem that must never under any circumstances be understated. But. The principal issue facing Illinois in the year 2014 is more extensive than a simple economic crisis. Economic recovery is actually pretty easy if you know or care about how it gets done. The problem with Illinois is that there are simply too many people in positions of authority who are ignoring the fundamentals that drive economic growth.
And why would elected officials disregard what are essentially the laws of physics guiding the science of prosperity building? Well, that begets an answer that is equally elementary. The state has been under one party's control for so long and the rather castrated opposition party has played spineless enabler so effectively for so long that voters can no longer identify a party or a course of action that will get them out of this approaching, absolutely predictable disaster.