What can go wrong will go wrong. We’ve known that forever. Nobody ever told us it would all go wrong at the same time.

Floods, plague and fire are coming at us all at once. With all that, the sudden appearance of “murder wasps” hardly seemed a surprise.

The COVID-19 pandemic has a multiplier effect, making the mayhem of Miserable 2020 almost unbearable — and challenging our government leaders to handle these troubles all at once.

Here in Illinois, we have compounding factors. Financial weakness, corruption and even the overabundance of government districts are all maladies with powerful impacts on the state. In “these difficult times” — a cliche borne of this moment — the breakdowns in good government makes the dire situation even more difficult.

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David Greising

David Greising is the president and chief executive of the Better Government Association, joining the BGA in 2018. For nearly a century, the BGA has fought for honest and effective government through investigative...