The Taxpayer’s Conundrum

Rock Island County Board member Virgil Mayberry on Rock Island’s plan to close the library branch in his district due to lack of funds:

“All the people that have talked to me don’t want to see the branch closed, but they’re also not willing to pay an extra $20 or $25 on their property tax to keep it open.”

Considerable Skills Called, Nobody Answered

This year Mike Jacobs is set to grab $34,579 in annual pension for getting set up as state senator by his daddy and three of his daddy’s cronies. But Mike is not bothered by the fact that his pension is financed on the backs of much poorer Illinoisians, oh no:

“Public life is very difficult. A lot of people don’t realize how much you put into it…I’ve got 10 years in I’ve earned every damned cent of it. I’ve been attacked and ridiculed. It’s been very difficult on my family. It’s not an easy life.”

Since his daddy was also a state senator, it’s a little disingenuous for him to act like he didn’t know what he was getting into, but whatever, he’s a typical politician, so our expectations for honesty are low.

Asked about his future post-election plans, Jacobs said he didn’t want to be a lobbyist like his daddy or move out of state for a job, instead, “I think I’m going to use my considerable skills in the private sector.”

That was in November. Now, according to QCOnline, Jacobs has registered as a lobbyist with one client—MidAmerican Energy. I know you won’t be surprised to learn Jacobs was the chair of the Senate Energy Committee at the time of his ouster.

Revolving doors—the Illinois Way!

It seems “the private sector” wasn’t buying what Jacobs was selling and so he had to again rely on his daddy for a job.

The son who never grew up.