It’s All Doom and Gloom in Illinois — but We Do Have the Power to Fix Some of Our Problems

We've always known what can go wrong will go wrong. However, nobody ever told us it would all go wrong at the same time.

Gov. J.B. Prizker (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

BGA President David Greising writes every other week for the Chicago Tribune Opinion section.

What can go wrong will go wrong. We’ve known that forever. Nobody ever told us it would all go wrong at the same time.

Floods, plague and fire are coming at us all at once. With all that, the sudden appearance of “murder wasps” hardly seemed a surprise.

The COVID-19 pandemic has a multiplier effect, making the mayhem of Miserable 2020 almost unbearable — and challenging our government leaders to handle these troubles all at once.

Here in Illinois, we have compounding factors. Financial weakness, corruption and even the overabundance of government districts are all maladies with powerful impacts on the state. In “these difficult times” — a cliche borne of this moment — the breakdowns in good government makes the dire situation even more difficult.