My dog Gus is fairly smart and occasionally wonders about the ways of the world. This week he’s wondering if we (the state of IL that is, although I could mean me and him), shouldn’t just ask Bill and Melinda Gates for the 10 billion to bail our sorry asses out. I mean, they seem to be in a giving mood and heck we could name the state after them. Illinois is hard to pronounce anyway. So, if you’re listening Mr. Microsoft, the state of Gatesia is waiting. Pony up!