1) Chicago does produce a great deal of tax revenue (and yes uses a lot of it as well) for the State. Including the collar counties something like 1/2 the population of Illinois lives there.
2) Arguments/attitudes such as "let’s screw Chicago/Cook County" are counterproductive. Those who are opposed to RTC would love nothing more than to start a nice little civil war within in the RTC movement.
3) While some people who are classified as "Liberal" or "Democrat" are a hurdle to the RTC movement, others have been great friends. heck, look at the Democrats in Illinois outside of Chicago... Like Rep(s) Phelps, Reitz, all those who supported HB3500 (FOID Privacy - in opposition to the Madigan Clan), or Verschoore, just to name a few. heck there are even members of this board who fall in those categories.
Weakness perceived is weakness assumed. This mentality would only serve to help the opposition split off votes. heck, even though I support RTC, if I was an elected official in Chicago/Cook, and the RTC legislation excluded my constituents, I would vote against it simply because it screws my voter base. For those politicians in Chicago/Cook who are opposed to RTC, it is not going to matter a damn bit whether or not Chicago/Cook will be excluded. They will vote against it simply because it is firearm related
Edited by es503IL, 03 April 2012 - 12:44 PM.