There’s no agreement on a new state budget or anything close thereto. But there was agreement on one thing today, as progressive members of the Illinois House and Senate—all Democrats—offered their vision of what’s needed to fix the state.

On the “Illinois Comeback Agenda” are a voluntary system of public finance for candidates for statewide office, a constitutional amendment to allow a graduated income tax, removing cash-bail requirements for low-level criminal defendants and banning any economic assistance to a company that moves some or part of its operations out of state.

“All across our country, and in a more troubling way in Illinois, our citizens feel like special interests and the ultra-rich control our legislative process and its outcomes,” said Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago. “The Illinois Comeback Agenda acknowledges the struggle the rest of us are facing.”

Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, said the Bernie Sanders-like agenda—my phrase, not his—may be ambitious, but so are the state’s problems. “It’s going to take a long-term plan over the years to dig out of this hole.”

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