State Sen. Annazette Collins (D-Chicago) was not pleased Thursday when I called.
Are you in Springfield?
“No,” she said.
Are you in Chicago?
“Yes,” she said, adding, “I don’t like talking to you all.”
At that, she hung up.
I was asking only because a major vote had just taken place in Springfield to abolish legislative scholarships, a century-old, favorite perk of lawmakers. But a perk that had fallen into ill repute after being abused by politicians who handed out free state tuition like candy to the children of clout-heavy pals and campaign donors.
Collins was a no-show on that vote. Then again, she has had a bad few months.