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Hardball at the Wisconsin-Illinois Border



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    The Wisconsin standoff reached an absurd new depth this week as senators hiding in Illinois offered to meet their governor at the state border. Like it's the DMZ or something.

    Unlike Illinois, where Governor Quinn slaps backs and doles out high fives to Democratic cronies, things are frostier north of the border. Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller offered to meet and Gov. Scott Walker slapped him down.

    AWOL Senators Watch Budget Unveiling from Illinois

    [CHI] AWOL Senators Watch Budget Unveiling from Illinois
    Three of Wisconsin's AWOL Democrats watched from south of the border as Gov. Scott Walker outlined a biennel budget that slashes funding to public schools and local governments while holding the line on spending in that state. (Published Tuesday, March 1, 2011)

    Hatfields-McCoys. Klingons-Romulans. Cats-Dogs.

    Government shouldn't be a game of "chicken." But here it is.

    Wisconsin Budget Battle

    [CHI] Wisconsin Budget Battle
    Martin Malin, a Chicago-Kent College of Law professor, talks about how the Wisconsin stalemate could play a role in 2012 presidential election and whether if Illinois could face the same fate as its northern neighbor. (Published Monday, Feb. 28, 2011)

    Wisconsin's public employees are willing to chip in more for healthcare and pensions. 

    That should be enough. But Gov. Walker also wants to destroy their ability to bargain collectively. That's like a guy stealing your girl on the beach, then kicking sand in your face. 

    Overnight Vote Irks 'Local' Wis. Senators

    [CHI] Overnight Vote Irks 'Local' Wis. Senators
    As the Wisconsin Assembly early Friday morning passed Gov. Scott Walker's controversial budget bill in a surprise vote, Senate Democrats on the lam in Illinois dug in their heels. (Published Friday, Feb. 25, 2011)

    Walker can have almost everything he wants, but he wants it all. Hopefully, he wants a new job, because he should start looking for one right about now.