Comment: Great piece by the Tribune on this problem that’s rarely reported but any honest lobbyist will tell you is common. The less ethical among lobbyists will introduce a bill hostile to the client of one of their friends, never intending to try to pass it, so his friend can claim success defeating it — a “fetcher bill.” This story is about casinos but it happens with other things.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-illinois-gambling-casino-legislature-edit-0612–20140612,0,1453276.story