The Nation: Rush to Judgment

The people of Illinois have been treated in recent weeks to the spectacle of their state lawmakers engaging in their annual rite of spring: making "goddamn fools" of themselves, in the apt words of one representative, as they rush to complete the legislative agenda before the adjournment scheduled for June 30. Since some 4,500 measures had been introduced, legislators were forced to meet nights and weekends. As tempers flared, medics outside the chambers tested blood pressure, and sent two people to the hospital. One representative introduced a motion to permit members time each day for conjugal visits, either with their spouses...

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