Patronage loses as governor vetoes local Democrats’ power play

Taxpayers win. Patronage jobs lose, thanks to Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s visit Tuesday to Granite City.

Rauner vetoed Senate Bill 2368, which was local Democrats’ effort to regain control of the Metro East Sanitary District Board. Rauner did the veto in Granite City, a Democratic stronghold and whose mayor would have been the key board vote that could halt reforms.

Since Republicans were elected in Madison County, the drainage, sewage and levee district’s nine years of straight deficits totaling nearly $10 million were halted. Broken drainage pumps that allowed Pontoon Beach to flood are being repaired.

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