unlucky or just ill.?

How corrupt or incompetent do you have to be to lose with a
sucker-sucking house-stacked gambling operation?

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Illinois is grappling with a full-fledged financial crisis and not even the lottery is safe – with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner warning the state is entering “banana republic” territory. Facing billions in unpaid bills and pension obligations, the state is hitting a cash crunch that is rare even by Illinois standards.

A top financial official just warned 100 percent of the state’s monthly revenue will be eaten up by court-ordered payments. Rauner is calling a special session of the Democrat-led General Assembly in a bid to pass what he hopes will be the first full budget package in almost three years. And Illinois will – literally – lose the lottery if the budget fails. [story]

Shootin’ for Venezuela-league.


  1. Drew458
    Posted June 22, 2017 at 3:44 pm |

    Guess they should just shut down the government but still collect the taxes to pay down their debts. The leeches will freak out, oh well too bad, no more gibbs. Nobody else will notice the difference until the snow starts falling. Chicago will burn down and be a worse war zone; who cares? The rest of the state will be just fine.

    This is what happens with endless deficit spending and government unions. I have no sympathy. Let them rot.

  2. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted June 22, 2017 at 7:12 pm |

    ^Me too.

    Venezuela has nobody to bail them out, but Illinois does. Irresponsible mooks like them and Kalifornia will be bailed out by Feds, who will borrow to do it, sticking us taxpayers with the inflation or collapse bound to come. It’s what most of Congress does for a living.
    For confirmation, see: Mitchtheliarcare.

  3. Daemon
    Posted June 23, 2017 at 8:17 am |

    I’ll say it again: When you combine democracy and socialism, you get the world’s most expensive vote-buying scheme.

    And, like a Ponzi scheme, it always collapses. When there is a higher authority, you get imposed “austerity” like Greece. When there isn’t, you get a collapsed state like Venezuela.

    Illinois and Puerto Rico fall into the first group. The US Federal government will be in the second group.

  4. Jess
    Posted June 23, 2017 at 8:20 am |

    I think the solution is to give Chicago to Canada. If they don’t take it, we damn off the Niagara River, and flood Ontario.

  5. Fat Baxter
    Posted June 23, 2017 at 1:01 pm |

    I think a state should have the option of declaring bankruptcy. However, if they do so, having demonstrably failed in the most basic functions of a modern state, they devolve to territory status, their senators and representatives to the US Congress are voided, and their state government dissolved. The President appoints a territorial governor will full power to organize a new state government as he sees fit (former state personnel need not apply), and with authority to levy new taxes and pay such debts as deemed necessary. Territory status will be in effect for a minimum of six years (gets them past several normal election cycles), after which point they may re-apply for admittance to the Union, which is contingent upon majorities in the House and Senate voting “aye.”

  6. Posted June 23, 2017 at 2:50 pm |

    A few weeks ago, some guy made a smart-ass comment about trading Alabama for Puerto Rico as a new state. I told him Alabama was a wonderful state and a fundamental part of the United States of America, but maybe they should trade Puerto Rico for whatever state he spawned from. He was incredulous because he was from Illinois! He wouldn’t accept that Alabama was a far better state to live in than Illinois. I haven’t heard from him lately.

  7. Paul Moore
    Posted June 23, 2017 at 4:09 pm |

    How does a numbers game go bankrupt? The same way that heavily leveraged banks do.

  8. Thunderbottom
    Posted June 24, 2017 at 5:11 am |

    Chicago Tribune columnist, John Kass posted a novel idea: break up the state of Illinois and split it up among the five states that border it: Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and Iowa.

    Some community activist in Chicago claimed that losing the “MegaMillions” and “Powerball” lotteries might be a good thing in that people who can ill afford to play the lottery would now spend their money on things that they actually need (naaahh – there’s still drugs, tobacco, and alcohol, plus the local street gangs and maybe the Russian mob would bring back the numbers rackets).

  9. Buzz
    Posted June 24, 2017 at 6:14 am |

    Indiana will gladly accept folks from the southern part of the state.
    Wisconsin can have Chicago and its suburbs, rename as “South Madison.”

  10. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted June 24, 2017 at 7:21 am |

    One thing sure to come out of this is that the Dems; i.e., northern Illinois, will blame the new Republican governor for it, not decades of Daley corruption and Uhbamunism.

  11. Fat Baxter
    Posted June 24, 2017 at 12:10 pm |

    bo1921 @ 6: “some guy made a smart-ass comment about trading Alabama for Puerto Rico as a new state. I told him Alabama was a wonderful state...”

    Darn tootin’! You can afford to live here — the cost of living is low. My property taxes are less than $500 for a 4 bedroom house with attached two-car garage. And the people are generally friendly (Birmingham aside — it’s a loss).

  12. Buzz
    Posted June 24, 2017 at 3:13 pm |

    Yep, dick, just like the Bumblicans will get the blame for all the states insurance companies are leaving the “marketplace” due to massive losses.
    If they weren’t going to keep their promise to scrap the trojan horse of Obamacare, they shouldn’t have put their monogrammed saddle on it.