Think pensions cause conflict here. Just look at out neighbors to the north where protesters have descended upon the statehouse and Democratic legislators have fled the state to put off a vote on a bill that would strip unions of collective bargaining power and increase public employee contributions to pensions and health care.
There are two passionate sides to this issue:
Some say the state is broke and public employees need to make concessions to balance the budget.
The other side says the bill is simply an attempt by Republicans to bust unions and organized labor, their traditional political opponents.
What side are you on?
And is Illinois next? Mark Brown of the Sun-Times weighs in.