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Chicago Tribune editorial hits $30 million special election nail on the head

July 5, 2010

The Chicago Tribune editorial page interjects some common sense –and some needed context– into the developing Illinois special U.S. Senate election saga. 

The headline says it all:  A $30 million travesty.

We hope it doesn’t come to this, but it’s possible the state’s Democratic kingmakers didn’t just saddle us with embarrassingly ineffectual U.S. Sen. Roland Burris — they saddled us with a $30 million special election to pick a senator to replace Burris for maybe four weeks.

Elections officials are praying for a judicial compromise that would conflate the special election with the Nov. 2 general election, bypassing the primary required by state law. Under the simplest such scenario, the same candidates would likely run in both races, and our next senator would take office in December instead of at the beginning of the 112th Congress in January.

The common-sense solution, of course, is to say the heck with it and do it right the next time, but that may not be an option.

Click here to read the rest of the piece.

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