Squeezy the Pension Python
Illinois' ability to sort out its finances, pay for schools, care for the disabled and build roads is in the hands of a orange cartoon snake.
But snakes don't have hands.
As we pressed Gov. Pat Quinn and his advisers over recent months about what his grassroots plan to win Illinoisans' backing of pension reforms would look like, we never imagined it'd be a bright orange snake wrapped around the dome of the Capitol building.
The video introduces us to Squeezy the Pension Python, part of Quinn's new push on thisismyillinois.com to try to win support for cuts to teachers' and state workers' retirement funds.
But as both Republicans and Democrats agree on some pension cuts, they continue to lock horns over whether school districts should pay more for teachers' retirements. That might be a tough knot for Squeezy to untangle.