To the Editor:
This is in response to Tom Ganka’s letter to the editor (“Blame state GOP, too,” Aug. 22) attempting to place blame for Illinois’ abysmal financial situation on Republicans and, in particular, Mike Tryon.
In his letter, Mr. Ganka implies, in typical Democrat campaign playbook form, that Tryon must not want pension reform because he voted against Speaker Michael Madigan’s bill. This logic is incredibly shallow and insults the intelligence of our community.
During his tenure in the state House, Tryon has sponsored or co-sponsored no fewer than 19 bills to reform the pension system. Only one was allowed by Madigan to reach the floor for a full debate.
The reason Tryon voted against Madigan’s latest bill was because of its contents. You see, Tryon takes the time to actually read and understand the contents of proposed bills rather cast a vote simply based on its catchy title.
Madigan has been in absolute control of the Illinois House for 28 of the past 30 years. The state’s situation is undeniably, unequivocally and 100 percent absolutely the result of Madigan’s design.
Until Madigan is removed as speaker and Democrats no longer have a supermajority, the situation will never change.
Perhaps Mr. Ganka could start the process by asking Jack Franks why his first vote every year is to retain Madigan as speaker?
Lake in the Hills