Still waiting for Blagojevich to "rock the system"
You may recall that on March 7, Gov. Rod Blagojevich promised to "rock the system in Springfield" with a series of legislative proposals to clean up Illinois' campaign fundraising laws.
At the time, Blagojevich said that he would unveil his campaign finance reforms within weeks. Unfortunately, no one asked if that meant two weeks or 52 weeks. It's been six weeks. How long does something like this take?
"It's going to be comprehensive and widespread," Blagojevich said 46 days ago. "It'll rock the system and change fundamentally the way campaign dollars are raised in the state of Illinois."
Call me a cynic, but I figure the later the governor waits to release his proposal (if he has one), the less chance there is that it will be passed, or even considered, in this legislative session. There are less than six weeks until the scheduled end of the session. And the Legislature has hardly begun to discuss the more pressing issues in state government this year, namely Blagojevich's pension reform plan (which is essentially a scheme to raise revenue this year without raising taxes), next year's state budget, supplemental appropriations for this year, and school funding and school construction grants for next year. That, and a lot more.
The clock is running and the governor -- the state's chief executive -- isn't doing much governing.