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BGA SHAW: WHEN GOVERNMENT "PULLS A LUCY"

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By LGIS News Service | Jan 8, 2018

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The Illinois State Government has until Friday to pass a budget.

One of my favorite “Peanuts” comic strip panels features Lucy, for the umpteenth time, yanking a football she’s holding for a placekick out of the path of Charlie’s accelerating foot before he can boot it.

Down he goes in an angst-filled heap, sadly realizing, once again, that Lucy’s not trustworthy.

Arrghhh!

I have a similar reaction when public officials contemplate a good government reform, only to pull a “Lucy” by yanking out key elements before a final vote.

The Chicago City Council is infamous for those craven contortions when it comes to transparency and accountability.

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