Madigan's Machiavellian Machinations Thwart Pension Reform

Excerpt from Carol Marin's latest column

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    Republicans can despise him.

    State Fair attendees can boo him till their cows come home.

    Derrick Smith Ejected from Springfield

    [CHI] Derrick Smith Ejected from Springfield
    Carol Marin reports on an historic day in Springfield, where the legislature voted to oust a member for the first time in 100 years. (Published Friday, Aug. 17, 2012)

    But no one can deny the Machiavellian cunning and genius of House Speaker Michael Madigan.

    At the special session of the Legislature on Friday in Springfield, public employee unions and retirees jammed the Capitol rotunda in loud protest of possible pension cuts. But the Democrats who control this state knew they had to at least look — to voters if not to bond houses — as though they were doing something to staunch the pension bleeding that puts Illinois in last, worst place among states with looming fiscal catastrophes.

    Read Carol Marin's entire column in the Chicago Sun-Times.