“Seven months into a crippling budget stalemate, Gov. Bruce Rauner called for lawmakers to employ “mutual respect” in his State of the State address.
“Rauner’s request is long overdue. Springfield is hardly known for mutual respect or amicable cooperation by either party. And the United States Congress isn’t much better. But there is a moment of cooperation now as leaders from across the political spectrum come together to reform the criminal justice system — vital reforms that we need now in Illinois and across the country. To miss this window of opportunity would be a costly mistake.”