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Somebody gave a remarkably good speech at the City Club of Chicago this month about our fiscal crisis that’ s worth watching. Never mind who it was. Watch the video imagining it’s a Democratic newcomer and reformer. He’d have gotten a standing ovation. There’s nothing — absolutely nothing — in the speech that Democrats and Republicans wouldn’t agree on.

But it was given by Dan Proft, so the reaction from most Illinois voters, if they were to see the speech, would be “Oh, he’s that right winger.” Or, “he’s a social conservative and has nothing to say that I want to hear. Or “he only got 8% of the vote when he ran for governor so nobody should care what he says.” (Illinoisans, in their wisdom, elected Pat Quinn that year.)

That’s how voters think in Illinois. That’s why so many minds are closed.

-Mark Glennon is founder and Executive Editor of Wirepoints. Opinions expressed are his own.