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By: Mark Glennon*


An article today in Russia’s Pravda lectures us: “If you’ve studied cost accounting at a graduate level, did cost accounting work and you look at publicly available financial data from these cities, it’s like looking at nightmare on main street parts I, II, III and IV about to happen.”


“Chicago or LA, which one is more likely to collapse first? Chicago,” they say.


And, “Kankakee County IL or Perry County KY? Kankakee County is more likely to go belly up first.”


Yes, they ridiculed fiscal profligacy across America, but Chicago and Kankakee are the worst, they say.


Maybe Illinois Senate President John Cullerton should demand a meeting with the Russian ambassador — or something. Cullerton is still giving his things-aren’t-as-bad-as-reported speech that he’s used for years, and he’s the champion of our proletariat, right?


Why on earth would Pravda ever focus on Kankakee? Not a bad choice, actually. We’ve had a number of articles on this site about Kankakee’s particularly dire situation. Their police and fire pensions are among the most underfunded in the state and the county has been reported to be running out of cash. Just coincidence probably, but we’ve also had a spike of traffic on this site from Russia lately — over 500 hits in the last 30 days, according to Google Analytics.


In case it’s not coincidence, here’s a message for my comrades at Pravda: Our problems in Illinois don’t stem from things like sending aid to Ukraine, as you wrote. They stem from government that has had a bit too much in common with yours — an autocratic, corrupt, one-party system that has impoverished the workers it claims to protect.


*Mark Glennon is founder of WirePoints. Opinions expressed are his own.