I guess good news doesn't really sell, because the press rarely covers the legislative moves to clean up Illinois government that, over time, really do make the state a cleaner place.
The press coverage is all about pay-to-play, as if contracts are auctioned off on the rail to the highest bidder.
And when good news does happen, like Senator Schoenberg's SB 2847, which was voted out of the Executive Committee unanimously (signaling a consensus between the Senate Dems and the GOPs, especially since the co-sponsors include Senators Dillard, Garrett, Radogno and Harmon).
Bills like these are good things, and I do believe that the workhorses of the legislature don't get nearly enough credit from much of the press.
I guess as Miller says, coverage follows conflict. The inherent problem is that legislating is a consensus-seeking process (either with the majority caucus or the entire body), so most bills don't get covered very well. There's not a lot of transit funding discussion, even though it's a huge policy debate, largely because the CTA, Pace and Metra are all largely getting along.
Maybe that's why the Governor gets a lot of coverage -- he's good at creating conflict (some good, some bad).
Anyway, SB 2847 should be voted on this week. Let's see if anyone covers it (and let's hope it passes).