1975. For a century, Illinois legislators received an unusual perk: they were paid their entire annual salary on the first day of work! And if they died, resigned or - in the case of one particular State Senator- jailed, they still got to keep the cash!
Not only that, but many legislators were on two or even three public payrolls at once, another uniquely-Illinois institution known as “double-dipping”. Good government groups and a few reform legislators sought to halt these taxpayer-gouging practices, but nothing ever happened.
Until Pat Quinn came along.