Illinois is begging its political leaders for reform.
Will they listen? And what will be the penalty if they don't?
"When a Senate subcommittee on Friday blocked all the criminal-law-related recommendations from the Illinois Reform Commission, the members didn't just spit in the face of the reformers appointed by Quinn," the Bloomington Pantagraph says. "Their action - or, rather, inaction - was a slap in the face of taxpayers who are tired of seeing governors carted into court and wondering how many other politicians and their associates are getting away with cheating the people of Illinois."
"We cannot let partisan or personal rancor or manipulation destroy an opportunity to change the history of Illinois government," the co-chairs of Change Illinois, George Ranney and Peter Bensinger, write today.
The Tribune names 61 Democrats today - including a slew of self-described reformers - who just blocked a recall amendment.
John Kass wonders in a column titled "Killing Reform Softly With Song And Dance:" "In this state of corruption, how cynical can our politics get?"
So cynical that Mayor Daley says Chicago leads by example when it comes to reform?
We must have set the record for new lows.
"Three Days Left . . . And Still No Real Reform," Carol Marin writes.
We have an ex-governor pleading on behalf of a convicted governor in advance of the trial of our most recent governor.
"You can't blame Rod Blagojevich any longer," says state Sen. John O. Jones (R-Mount Vernon).
No, you can't.
The joke is on us now.
"Are We Going To Take This Disrespect?" the Daily Herald wonders.
They need to hear from you.
Steve Rhodes is the proprietor of The Beachwood Reporter, a Chicago-centric news and culture review. Prior to founding the Beachwood, Rhodes was the political writer at Chicago magazine for six years.