State Sen. Gary Forby and State Rep. Brandon Phelps make it absolutely clear in a Southern editorial whom Blago’s “Illinois Works” would benefit:
The capital bill would have yielded $1,763 per person to Southern Illinois and only $645 per person for Chicago. Did Glenn let us down? We think not.
And just where will this magical windfall of money come from? Oh, duh. Not from Southern Illinois: instead, we’ll just steal the money from Chicago, just like we always have! After all, it would be unfair to just let those Chicago scoundrels keep the money from their businesses, leaving us free-loaders with nothing.
Under this bill, gambling would only be expanded in Chicago, and we believe it eventually will be anyway, with these new revenues now only benefitting Chicago, leaving Southern Illinois with nothing.
And just why do Southern Illinoisans deserve 273% more money than we Chicagoans, even though our votes theoretically count the same? Do I count as just one-third of a citizen of Illinois? After all, Chicago has bike lanes which serve more people than entire Interstates downstate. We deserve our fair share, and it’s obscene that the state’s leaders (like Blago and Jones, both of whom seem to spend an awful lot of taxpayer money to access Chicago’s transportation infrastructure) would allow such an unbalanced program (which threatens Chicago’s, and thus the state’s, future prosperity) to get this far.