Fowl fiscal deeds

Rep. Bill Mitchell talks to reporters after his floor comments
about the state flying prairie chickens from Kansas.
Illinois is paying to fly birds in from Kansas.

Our cash-strapped state government has found a new use for its fleet of aircraft – flying birds into Illinois.

I kid you not.

State aircraft are flying to Kansas and transporting prairie chickens back to the Land of Lincoln.

And at a time state lawmakers are looking at raising the state income tax, Illinois state employees have been hiking across Kansas trapping these chickens.

Talk about fowl fiscal deeds.

State pilots have flown between Illinois and Kansas not once, not twice but 14 times this year taking prairie chickens to downstate Jasper and Marion counties. Scott Reeder has the rest of the story on Reboot Illinois.