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A Statehouse rarity: Republican leader quotes Wu-Tang Clan

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

* OK, here’s something you don’t see every day. Or ever. Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno reads a letter offering budget advice from Wu-Tang Clan. I kid you not

“Get the money. Dolla dolla bill, y’all.”

I’m pretty sure that even tops former Gov. Jim Thompson creating a Facebook page last week.

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- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Cincinnatus - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 2:22 pm:

    Running Christine Radogno through the Wu-Tang Clan name generator shows her Wu-Name as Bellowing Rap Machine.

    I kid you not.

  2. - OneMan - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 2:30 pm:

    Rich could you remove that link didn’t realize all of the bad words were not bleeped…

  3. - Jake From Elwood - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 2:31 pm:

    Also a slam on Careen Gordon?
    East coast-West coast rivalry has nothing on Ill. politics.

  4. - anon - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 2:32 pm:

    what was the context for this? wu-tang financial was a chappelle show skit, not suitable for work. she quoted directly from it. did she know this? ha!

  5. - MadCowDisease - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 2:35 pm:

    No wonder we are in the minority. My gosh. How has she survived at the top of the caucus?

  6. - Cincinnatus - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 2:38 pm:

    Advise to all legislators:

    Quit trying to be hip. You will fail miserably.

  7. - Soill - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 2:44 pm:

    You have to give her mad props for knowing Raekwon was in town last night. She should have brought him on the floor. And it’s actually nice to see the Senators having fun on the floor after some contentious bills.

  8. - wndycty - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 2:46 pm:

    LOL after the whole manufactured Common controversy the Illinois Senate leader goes on the floor and quotes a song about drug dealing. While she was quoting their lyrics she could have followed up with “wu tang clan aint nuthin to @#$& with”

  9. - Chitown HV - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 2:51 pm:


  10. - wordslinger - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 2:52 pm:

    Sen. Radogno, “Bring Da Ruckus!”

    If she really wants to represent, “Rushing Elephant” would be appropriate for the end of session drive.

    I think it’s cool. Put a smile on my face, anyway.

  11. - Soill - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 3:00 pm:

    I want to see a Right Side vs Left Side rap battle. What will the Senate President rap to?

  12. - Knee Jerk - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 3:11 pm:

    Rich, please let us know when someone has produced this as a ringtone. I want it.

  13. - dupage dan - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 3:30 pm:

    “Oh, the humanity!”

  14. - Boone Logan Square - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 3:34 pm:

    And pop culture has come full circle since Eazy-E attended that George H. W. Bush fundraiser back in the day.

    Rich, perhaps the next question of the day is casting the Wu-Tang Clan with Illinois pols:

    RZA: John Cullerton
    GZA: Christine Radongo
    Ghostface: Michael Madigan
    Method: Judy Baar Topkina
    Raekwon: Tom Cross
    ODB: Pat Quinn

    The new album 2 Chambers drops once the budget is passed.

  15. - Michelle Flaherty - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 3:36 pm:


  16. - wordslinger - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 3:41 pm:

    –I want to see a Right Side vs Left Side rap battle. What will the Senate President rap to?–

    Tom Cross: “Fight the Power,” Public Enemy.

    Bill Brady: “Mind Playin Tricks on Me,” Geto Boys.

    Blago: “It was a Good Day,” Ice Cube.

    Mark Kirk: “Freaky Tales,” Too Short.

    Mike Madigan: “Top Billin,” Audio Two.

    Pat Fitzgerald: “Nothin but a G’ Thang,” Dr. Dre and Snoop.

    Pat Quinn: “How Ya Like Me Now,” Kool Moe Dee

    John Cullerton: “All About the Benjamins,” Puff Daddy, Lil Kim, Notorious B.I.G.

    Rich Daley: “They Reminisce Over You,” CL Smooth.

    Kirk Dillard: “Passin Me By,” The Pharcyde.

    Rahm Emanuel: “You Gots to Chill,” EPMD.

    Pat Brady: “Still Not a Player,” Big Pun.

    Lisa Madigan: “The World is Yours,” Nas.

    Judy Baar Topinka: “The Beer Barrel Polka,” Lawrence Welk and his Champagne Orchestra.

  17. - Jake From Elwood - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 3:47 pm:

    ==Blago: “It was a Good Day,” Ice Cube.==

  18. - Jack Horner - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 3:48 pm:

    What was Raekwon doing in Spfld?

  19. - OneMan - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 3:49 pm:


    “Baby got Back” — official rap song of the state of Illinois

  20. - Soill - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 4:02 pm:

    He was here for a concert at Bar None.

  21. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 4:36 pm:

    What’s a Wu-Tang Clan?

  22. - Bring Back Boone's - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 4:38 pm:

    LOL this is too great

  23. - So Illini Gop - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 4:39 pm:

    It is great to have some light hearted moments on the floor, although I hope the Leader doesnt quit her day job!

  24. - Matt - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 5:08 pm:

    I wonder if Drudge will pick up on this.

    The song she quoted includes gratuitous use of the N word, a warning to look out for the cops, gunplay, drug dealing, overseas drug trafficking to the tune of $40,000 a week and spending time in prison.

  25. - IL Yeezy - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 5:25 pm:

    Someone has to one-up this and quote some OFWGKTA lyrics on the floor now.

  26. - MrJM - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 6:14 pm:

    Ironically, the people of Illinois frequently refer to their legislators as ODBs.

    – MrJM

  27. - just sayin' - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 6:44 pm:

    They should issue brown paper bags for Republican voters to wear, like fans of some embarrassing sports teams have done in the past.

  28. - Old Milwaukee - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 6:58 pm:

    It was a fun moment with no meaning. Why does just sayin’ always have to ruin the fun? You are like a giant heavy fog on every thread on here. You wear me out.

  29. - JBilla - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 8:27 pm:

    I knew she was cool

  30. - Dizzy cow - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 8:35 pm:

    bon bon

  31. - Michelle Flaherty - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 9:45 pm:

    Don’t Push Me Cuz I’m Close To The Edge, I’m Tryin’ Not To Lose My Head, Ha, Ha, Ha-Ha — Pat Quinn aka Grand Master Flash and the Furious 5

  32. - One to the Dome - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 10:03 pm:

    My mind playin tricks on me…

  33. - siriusly - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 11:11 pm:

    There are no more earmarks coming out of Washington, DC. So what is Chicago State lobbying for?

    Sounds like a payback contract for nothing.

    You can add this one to the list of things Chicago State University does not need. Right underneath: Personal Driver for President Watson

  34. - One to the Dome - Wednesday, May 18, 11 @ 11:38 pm:

    @siriusly Many of the state universities hire outside firms… check the list. Chicago State is not alone.

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