The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Illinois Electricity Rate Hike

Jan 9, 2017

As their session for 2016 wound to a close, the last thing the Illinois legislature voted on was to authorize a big rate hike for the electricity company, which the governor approved. As one legislator put it, “we are talking about a multibillion dollar corporate bailout for one of the most profitable energy companies in the state.”

When they voted on this law, Illinois still didn’t have a budget. Schools, roads, public services are in shambles. State workers don’t have a contract, and are faced with demands for massive concessions. Democrats who control the legislature blame the Republican governor, while he blames the Democrats.

But there is ONE thing they can all agree on: helping the big corporations!