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More than 200 new laws are on the books in Illinois, trying to legislate everything from dry cleaning bills to circus elephants to rowdy youngsters to where ashes can be spread to car sales stickers to pet custodyNo one tackled the real issues of spending, pensions, too much government or too many taxes Photo illustration More than 200 new laws are on the books in Illinois, trying to legislate everything from dry cleaning bills to circus elephants to rowdy youngsters to where ashes can be spread to car sales stickers to pet custodyNo one tackled the real issues of spending, pensions, too much government or too many taxes Photo illustration setLeadImageSize(); $(window).resize(function() { var clientWidth = Math.max(document.documentElement.clientWidth, window.innerWidth || 0); if (clientWidth > 767) { $('.lead-item').find('.caption').hide(); $('.lead-item .lead-caption').show(); } else { $('.lead-item .lead-caption').hide(); } setLeadImageSize(); }); $('.lead-item img').click(function(){ var elemWidth = Math.max(document.documentElement.clientWidth, window.innerWidth || 0); if(elemWidth = scrollEndPos || windowCurrentPos State lawmakers are fiddlin’ with letting drivers younger than 18 donate their organs, with getting stickers off car windows before new owners drive away from the dealership, with pet custody during divorce, with beauty salon and dry cleaner pricing, with military personnel canceling their cable TV contracts and getting a service dog for depression, with scattering a loved one’s ashes in a state park, with prohibiting elephant acts in circuses, with protecting your right to make negative online reviews, with finding homes for former research animals, with preventing expulsions from preschool, and with designating Aug4 as Barack Obama Day. When common sense is in short supply, there is certainly a state law that can fix itIf not for the wisdom of the sages of Springfield, we might have thought it was perfectly fine to drive with large pieces of paper stuck all over our car windows. Two years of impasse wrecked state finances until there were $16.675 billion in unpaid bills, yet lawmakers found time to draft, hold hearings and pass more than 200 efforts to fiddleThey played Big Brother without ever looking at the Big Picture of uncontrolled spending, of a $251 billion public pension deficit threatening to cost every Illinois family $52,269, and of creating a bloated, tax-hungry wasteland that young professionals are fleeing before Mike Madigan can stick them with the bill. (function() { var randomUrl = getRandomUrl('http://x.email.bnd.com/ats/url.aspx?cr=663&wu=91,http://x.email.bnd.com/ats/url.aspx?cr=663&wu=95,http://x.email.bnd.com/ats/url.aspx?cr=663&wu=86'); var eventMethod = window.addEventListener ? 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