Illinois lawmakers don’t hear much good news these days. The budget is falling apart. Schools are struggling. Top leaders are feuding.
So the selection of John Cullerton as the next Senate president has thrilled legislators hungry for any sign that things will get better. That optimism also means Cullerton faces high expectations — perhaps unrealistically high.
People are throwing around words like “harmony” and “era of change” when talking about Cullerton leading the Senate and negotiating with the cantankerous House speaker and governor.
Certainly, it will be a major change for Gov. Rod Blagojevich.