Many supporters didn’t want to cross business groups which, At the 11th hour, sent a letter urging legislators to back the piecemeal fixes. “While the legislation didn’t satisfy many of the business groups’ benchmarks for reform, our sources say that they were desperate to proclaim a victory to their members. We’re also told that Democratic legislative leaders promised businesses a gas-tax swap to fund infrastructure, which was a top priority for many of the groups.”

via The Problem With Illinois Republicans – Wall Street Journal – WSJ.com.