By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings
By now, everyone in the lege-watcher universe knows about Sen. Steve Yarbrough and his penchant for pushing self-enriching tuition tax credit measures in the lege, measures that add to his personal wealth.
And even though his activities have been public knowledge for years now, every year, Yarbrough pushes more self-serving measures through the lege.
Why shouldn't he? Other than the news stories, he hasn't faced any pushback for his actions - he keeps getting reelected and this state's prosecutors won't touch him.
Now, one of his Senate colleagues, Rick Murphy, has apparently taken the lesson from Yarbrough's situation to heart - go ahead and use the lege as a conduit for self-serving agendas.
Last summer, Murphy was caught up in a scandal when there were allegations the he abused some of the children placed in his care as a foster parent.
After an investigation by Peoria PD and CPS found insufficient evidence to support criminal charges, the matter was dropped.
Well, the police and CPS dropped the matter, but Murphy most assuredly has not.
Apparently, Murphy is still pissed off to no end that they dared to investigate him.
So he has proposed a series of bills to "remedy" the situation.