'Fresh Start' for Dems in the Illinois State Senate

SJ-R on the opportunities following the election of a new President to the Illinois State Senate:

Illinois_seal.png Sen. Jeff Schoenberg, D-Evanston, another possible contender [for Senate President], perhaps summed up the opportunity best on Monday, saying that it “provides an opportunity for Illinois Senate Democrats to have a fresh start in setting the state’s agenda. Senate Democrats need leadership that is more open and transparent and which works toward consensus in solving the state’s most pressing problems.”

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With their complete control of state government, Democrats should have made progress on a whole host of issues from education funding to much-needed state construction money. Jones’ retirement is their second chance.

It's always the legislative stalemate and clash of personalities that gets all the attention. But the lost opportunity of advancing a progressive agenda in the state of Illinois -- that's the real tragedy. [h/t Rich Miller]