The Ticking Clock of Springfield Reform

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By Carol Marin
|  Sunday, May 17, 2009  |  Updated 11:15 AM CDT
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The Ticking Clock of Springfield Reform

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I was in the Illinois House the day Rod Blagojevich was impeached.  It was somber and deadly serious. 

Even those legislaors who hated the former governor -- and there were many -- knew that this was taking an action that was unlike any they had imagined taking. 

And then, I was in the Senate in January when they put the governor on trial.  You could hear a pin drop.

Amid it all, lawmakers talked about the shame and the embarrassment and the corruption that had come to define Illinois. 

But now, months later, when there is a real opportunity to transform Illinois' politics thru a package of comprehensive, thoughtful reforms, where are those legislators who decried our failed politics?  Where's the outrage to fuel a vote for change? 

Not quite there, is it?

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