Recently, the Illinois House approved good legislation, HB 161, that would help eliminate fraud in Illinois' Link card (food stamp) program. More specifically, the legislation would require that Link cards contain both the name and photo as the food stamp beneficiary, in order to prevent the sale or transfer of Link cards to persons who are not eligible for state assistance. The bill is now pending in the Illinois Senate.
How did our state representative vote on this important anti-fraud measure? Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg) voted "no" on this common sense reform, and so did her party boss and biggest campaign funding source, Illinois House speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago).
For Illinois House Democrats, it's apparently easier to vote for a whopping 67 percent income tax increase than it is to crack down on fraud in our state's public assistance programs. Mussman and Madigan each know where their bread is buttered and unfortunately, it's not by middle-class taxpayers.