To sense the depth of the perversion into which Illinois has sunk, consider just two stories from the past week.
First, ABC Chicago reported further on its investigation revealing a backlog in looking at DNA evidence that has help stall 750 murder investigations. It’s part of why Illinois solves fewer murder cases than any state in the nation – for Chicago, just one in 20.
Families of victims asking for answers include a mother whose son was shot in the head during a robbery near the United Center while he was in his car. He was the father of five. From another mother: “I’m very frustrated, just to know someone that killed my child is walking around free and they could possibly kill someone else and put someone else through the pain I’ve been through.”
Same for 750 other murderers who are probably walking free. The state says it would need 11 more DNA analysts to clear up the backlog, though that would still take a while. Just 11 new hires.
Families of murder victims may never see a courtroom, but somebody else did, which is the second story.
The Illinois Supreme Court unanimously ruled that certain public union bosses have a constitutional right to a perk spiking their public pension based on pay they earn while working for their union. Taxpayers are on the hook for paying for that pension benefit. The select union officials covered by that perk alone will cost taxpayers over $50 million, estimated the Chicago Tribune.
Illinois has its priorities: A constitutional right for union leaders to spike their taxpayer-guarantied pensions by working for their unions, while DNA evidence for 750 murders goes ignored for want of 11 new workers who surely would cost less than the pensions.
Maybe that’s why we neglected to report on Illinois’ bicentennial celebrations this week.
Happy Birthday, Illinois.
–Mark Glennon is founder and executive editor of Wirepoints.