So detached are Madigan and Cullerton from their damage that the irony here is utterly lost on them. If they had focused their eight decades on attracting businesses, growing jobs and spending only what Illinois’ ample tax revenues permitted, the “middle class” they rhetorically exploit wouldn’t be in such a fix, with parents watching their children flee to employment-friendly states. Instead Madigan and Cullerton governed chiefly to benefit partisan cronies and benefactors. Always high on their to-woo list: the leaders of public employee unions who give them campaign money and muscle.