Gov. Pat Quinn has been in office about a month now and his biggest accomplishment so far is reopening seven state parks closed by his predecessor, Vlad the Impaler Blagojevich. Woo-hoo! Now this is progress.
Illinois is facing a $5 billion budget deficit and the governor is more concerned about reopening parks and restoring 12 jobs to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Now these are real priorities, apparently to a Democrat. If that's the case: Hey, Pat, don't forget those state historical sites that still remain closed after Blago shut them down.
Most of us are now seeing why Blago picked Quinn as his lite gov. He's easily molded and kind of folksy. Illinois doesn't need folksy now. We need a governor to lead and so far, The Hound is unimpressed. This is a guy with executive experience who apparently can't find the reins of power.
He better start moving faster than he has because by March 18 he has to deliver his budget address to the Legislature, as required by state law. The document should spell out how he's going to pay state bills and pull Illinois out of the deep red ink.
We know he still supports free mass transit rides for seniors, has reopened a few state parks and called for Sen. Roland Burris, D-Go Home, to resign. Heck, some of those state parks are dwarfed by Lake County forest preserve sites in acreage and visitors. One state park in Ogle County that Blago closed only gets 150,000 visitors a year.
Come on governor, time to step up and see what you learned at Blago's side.