In case you think legislators did absolutely nothing in spring session.

A funny thing happened on the way to meltdown, gridlock and dysfunction in Springfield last week as our elected leaders were failing to approve a budget of any size or duration to fund K-12 schools, colleges and universities, social and human services, and prisons.

Those same lawmakers actually approved 23 streamlining, transparency, accountability, ethics and criminal justice bills backed by the Better Government Association and other reform groups.

A phoenix did indeed rise from the ashes.

So a shout-out to legislators on both sides of the aisle who were able to keep their eyes on the little good government balls even as the big budget ball was bouncing out of bounds.

Now we’re asking the governor to evaluate the bills on their merits, free from the politics of the budget battle, and then sign them.

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