Reading this article in the SJ-R this morning about the Capitol Avenue Project in Springfield, I was reminded that Governor Blagojevich was, and I assume still is, a big supporter of the plan. As I recall he even allocated like a million and a half dollars of state funds to the project. I only bring this up because one of the main criticisms of Blagojevich here in Springfield is that he OBVIOUSLY HATES Springfield (who wouldn’t want to live here!) and he sends all of the state’s money to Chicago.
There are plenty of reasons to think Blagojevich is the Worst. Governor. Ever. But this paranoid “he hates us!” bullshit is not one of them. I see letters to editors and calls to local talk radio wanting “downstate” to force Chicago to become its own state and stop stealing all of our tax dollars, cuz ya know they get it all and we get nothin’. (This is ironic since much of Springfield’s economy depends on state government jobs and operations. Most communities would love to get the slice of the pie we get here)
Springfield’s childish, irrational and provincial inferiority complex it has toward Chicago really is unbecoming and makes us all look like a bunch of whiny hicks. Really, get over it. We have a large and diverse state that, fortunately, includes one of the world’s great cities. If you don’t like it, I hear there is plenty of room for you in Wyoming.