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Monday, Oct 1, 2012

* Bad things happen when you hang out with Lindsay Lohan. That’s not in dispute. But a former John Shimkus staffer partying down with Lindsay Lohan is highly unusual

A 25-year-old former aide to Illinois Rep. John Shimkus — who was initially arrested on an assault charge after Lindsay Lohan claimed he grabbed her in a New York hotel room in an argument over cellphone images — was freed Sunday and his arrest voided when the charge could not be substantiated, law enforcement officials said.

Instead, Christian LaBella of Valley Village, Calif., and Lohan were filing harassment complaints with police against each other after they were interviewed by police about their run-in, law enforcement officials said.

He worked for John Shimkus? The man who believes that climate change is a fiction because the Book of Genesis says so?

I probably wouldn’t be surprised if, say, a Jan Schakowsky staffer was partying with Lilo. But Shimkus? That’s just odd.

How about, just for fun, we make up some other weird celebrity pairings with the Illinois delegation?

- Posted by Rich Miller        


45 Comments
  1. - Cheryl44 - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 10:45 am:

    Apparently this guy has a thing for being photographed with celebrities. Perform a Google search using his name and you’ll find him posing with Bruce Jenner’s wife and with Paul Ryan.


  2. - CircularFiringSquad - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 10:46 am:

    Didn’t Shimkus handle the last page scandal cover-up? Seems quite likely to have a Lindsay boy toy…better than Mr. Dreamy, Pizza Bobby, DeadbeatJoe or …..


  3. - OneMan - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 10:52 am:

    Pat Quinn could not explain why he decided to go visit the Gathering Of The Jugalos this year…

    A Walsh staffer explained his visit to hemp fest being the result of forgetting which Joe Walsh he worked for.


  4. - wordslinger - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 10:53 am:

    Joe Walsh and Joe Walsh


  5. - wordslinger - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 10:54 am:

    Ted Nugent and Bobby Rush

    Lady Gaga and Judy Biggert


  6. - Boone's is Back - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 10:56 am:

    This whole thing is just bizarre. I still don’t understand the backstory or how the confrontation even happened.


  7. - just sayin' - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 10:58 am:

    Doesn’t the guy currently work for Shimkus? One of the headlines said “former” but other stories indicate he was still on staff. Not clear though.

    And actually, anyone who is familiar with Shimkus’ operation knows it’s, how should a say this, maybe “fashionable”?


  8. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 10:58 am:

    “Jack!” Ryan and Tiger Woods …


  9. - ToddAF - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 10:59 am:

    Bill Brady partying with Phish at Bonnaroo

    Clint Eastwood reprising his empty chair bit, only no one notices for 15 minutes that Pat Quinn’s sitting in the chair this time.


  10. - CircularFiringSquad - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 11:06 am:

    Jason Romney-Plummer &Grandma Mary Matlin


  11. - wordslinger - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 11:08 am:

    Shimkus as the Big Daddy of the twenty-something LA-New York party crowd….

    Dogs and cats sleeping together…..


  12. - John Galt - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 11:13 am:

    Small point:

    Shimkus did not say he believes that “climate change is fiction.” In fact, in the Politico article you link he’s quoted as saying:

    “Now, do I believe in climate change? In my trip to Greenland, the answer is yes. The climate is changing,” he added. “The question is more about the costs and benefits and trying to spend taxpayer dollars on something that you cannot stop versus the changes that have been occurring forever. That’s the real debate.”

    He believes in climate change. I think he questions whether it’s manmade and/or additionally, whether it’s worth the cost/benefit to our economy to try to reverse the effects.

    But the Bible reference pertains to his belief that the planet will not be DESTROYED by it. Saying that he doesn’t believe in climate change at all because of a Bible referense is not accurate.


  13. - John A Logan - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 11:14 am:

    Mike Bost and Dr. Phil.


  14. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 11:15 am:

    Lunch ‘em!

    Was that Speaker Mike Madigan having luch with (gasp) the Kardashians?

    To wit: Speaker Madigan LOVES Keeping Up With The Kardashians and invited Kim and he whole family to O’Briens for lunch.

    Upshot: All the Kardashians made the lunch, including Bruce Jenner, who no one recognized from his 1976 Gold Medal triumph.

    Downshot: No Kanye West, and the Speaker brought CDs for the artist to sign.

    Me Thinks the Speaker might be someone who might be a regular on the show after such a first great meeting.

    Also, Ald. Ed Burke and his wife Justice Anne Burke lunched right next to the Speaker and the Kardashians with their good friend Jay Doherty and had a splended time, while dividing Chicago among the three of them.


  15. - cermak_rd - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 11:15 am:

    Mike Madigan, and, well, anyone.


  16. - John Galt - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 11:16 am:

    But back to a much more fun topic, odd celebrity pairings:

    Aaron Schock and his doppelganger: Neil Patrick Harris.


  17. - Arthur Andersen - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 11:24 am:

    Ted Nugent and Shiela Simon.


  18. - 10th Indy - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 11:24 am:

    Sheila Simon and Stacy London


  19. - Boone's is Back - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 11:25 am:

    PQ cameo on Law and Order with Fred Thompson.


  20. - The Other Anonymous - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 11:30 am:

    Rahm Emanuel and Jeremy Piven in his Ari Gold character.


  21. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 11:36 am:

    A golfing foursome of:

    Jason Plummer, Dan Rutherford, Tom Cross, and Oswego Willy.

    A “Five Hour” love-fest.


  22. - Siriusly - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 11:37 am:

    Alec Baldwin (30 Rock executive) playing golf with Kirk Dillard


  23. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 11:40 am:

    Lisa Madigan, Pat Brady and Dr. Phil …


  24. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 11:41 am:

    Rahm Emanuel, Dad Ricketts … and Ronny Woo Woo.


  25. - 10th Indy - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 11:43 am:

    Rahm Emanuel and Cat Deely
    Judy Baar Topinka and Ashton Kutcher
    Joe Walsh and Sean Penn
    Aaron Schock and Kate Gosling


  26. - ZC - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 11:44 am:

    Donald Manzullo spotted at Ke$ha’s after-party.


  27. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 11:45 am:

    John Shimkus, Tom Cruise, and Will Ferrell…


  28. - Anon - amiss - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 11:51 am:

    “Rahm Emanuel, Dad Ricketts … and Ronny Woo Woo”

    After this season are you sure he hasnt changed his name to Ronnie Boo Hoo!?!?!


  29. - mokenavince - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 12:56 pm:

    Ah to be young again.


  30. - IrishPirate - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 1:12 pm:

    Gawd, you just have to hate a blog with an effective moderator removing questionable comments.

    Ok, how this?

    Paul Ryan and Aaron Schock at the opening of a new club for GOP’ers in DC. The name of the Club: Ike’s Place or Reagan’s Redoubt.

    The theme for the night “Dueling Abs” played to the tune of “Dueling Banjos”.

    First Night Sponsors Men’s Health Magazine and the Rush Limbaugh show. Special guest Dick Cheney dressed as Elmer Fudd and carrying a shotgun.


  31. - x ace - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 1:38 pm:

    Willie Nelson and Jim Thompson (1980)
    Willhttp://stillisstillmoving.com/willienelson/willie-nelson-family-to-perform-in-springfield-il-3192011/ie Nelson and Jim Thompson (1980)


  32. - Mark Talley - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 1:53 pm:

    Jim Oberweis and Eva Longoria


  33. - Arthur Andersen - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 2:17 pm:

    Jerry Costello and Elvis Costello

    Barbara Flynn Currie and R. Kelly


  34. - Bitterman - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 2:37 pm:

    White Sox and Play Offs


  35. - former state employee - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 2:50 pm:

    Donald Trump and Rod Blago….oh wait, that happened.


  36. - Boone Logan Square - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 3:12 pm:

    Sadly this is not a caption contest.


  37. - Boone Logan Square - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 3:13 pm:

    Jim Oberweis and Billy Bragg (the milkman of human kindness).


  38. - Boone Logan Square - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 3:15 pm:

    Mike Quigley and Tom Selleck.


  39. - Anonymous - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 3:17 pm:

    Mark Kirk and Justin Bieber partying at Q-bar Bangkok.


  40. - anon sequitor - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 3:52 pm:

    Hugh Hefner taking cell phone videos of Pat Quinn at Bunny mansion


  41. - Arthur Andersen - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 4:27 pm:

    Naomi Jakobsson and James Deen


  42. - just sayin' - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 4:36 pm:

    Jack Roeser and Lady Gaga


  43. - Rich Miller - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 4:44 pm:

    just sayin’ wins.


  44. - wordslinger - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 5:22 pm:

    Jack was just born that way.


  45. - Anonymous - Monday, Oct 1, 12 @ 11:28 pm:

    =Mark Kirk and Justin Bieber partying at Q-bar Bangkok.=

    I feel like Chevy Chase’s character in European Vacation where he tries to use a “translator” to figure out what the British guy at the Inn is saying.

    Even urbandictionary has failed me on this one though I think I might have figured out what a “New York-style trance and groove lounge” is and even that sounds…well, somewhat unpleasant.


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