The formula for bad economic policy in Illinois is pretty simple.State lawmakers have the power to offer special privileges. Moneyed interests from legacy industries go to the state capital in search of them. A few businesses get protections, carve outs or subsidies. Politicians get money, favors or a new job.
But something interesting just happened on one of the most hotly contested bills of the year, with a legacy industry fighting to crush startup competitors providing needed income to nearly 10,000 Illinoisans.