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updated: 1/28/2013 1:42 PM

New lawmakers sure to fall into old ways

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I was initially gratified to see the news coverage of the newly sworn-in members of the Illinois legislature. After all, these officials are the taxpayers' next best hope for relief, reform and integrity. The sad reality, however, is that after a brief, token period of frustration and indignation, all will fall right into line with the self-serving, hidebound and corrupting system for which Illinois is nationally infamous. Not one will rebel or resign in disgust; instead, the prestige, pension and perks will quickly override conscience and the spirit of the oath of office.

Bill Mays

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