SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Question of the day

Tuesday, Jan 15, 2013

* The setup

The Presidential Inaugural Committee says a float honoring Illinois will be among eight commissioned by the committee in Monday’s parade after President Barack Obama is sworn in.

Illinois is Obama’s home. But the float honors the Prairie State as First Lady Michelle Obama’s native land.

Floats for Hawaii and Pennsylvania represent the birthplaces of President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. One for Delaware honors the home of Biden and his wife, Jill.

Monday is the observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. The late civil rights leader’s float will feature his quote, “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.”

More info on the parade is here.

* The Question: What should be the theme of Illinois’ float?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Pale Rider - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 10:38 am:

    Apparently pensions & gun legislation

  2. - NIref - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 10:43 am:

    Squeezy the Pension Python: The musical

  3. - gathersno - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 10:45 am:

    Get our of jail free.

  4. - unclesam - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 10:46 am:

    A rusty, beaten-down yugo. That about sums it up.

  5. - Cheryl44 - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 10:46 am:

    Instead of a float we should have a sink.

  6. - Ahoy! - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 10:48 am:

    We could probably be the mountain of despair.

  7. - OneMan - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 10:49 am:

    A running tote board of unpaid bills and pension shortfall…

    With Squeezy, got to have Squeezy..

  8. - Boone's is Back - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 10:49 am:

    Crazytrain- with Ozzy’s song on loop and poorly made fireworks shooting off the back.

    (That is unless members of the Black Caucus decide that the contractor selected to make the fireworks was a politically favored crony and block the vote on the display)

  9. - sigh . . . - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 10:49 am:

    Whatever the theme, there should definitely be more people riding in the float than pulling it.

  10. - 32nd Ward Roscoe Village - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 10:50 am:

    Up the mountain of debt, Sisphysus rolls the stone of pension reform.

  11. - Nearly Normal - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 10:51 am:

    Squeezy–slithering our way to the future?

  12. - Ravenswood Right Winger - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 10:51 am:

    theme should be “the ship be sinkin’” in reference to one-time NBA star Micheal Ray Richardson, who received a lifetime ban for drug use. with a big flashing number of $9,000,000,000 to represent the bill backlog.

  13. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 10:52 am:

    It should look like the biggest Rose Parade floats this year, but instead of flowers, it should be decorated with unpaid bills, IOU to the state employee pension funds, worthless bonds with ratings lower than Portugal’s, and be shaped like a jail cell holding one of our ex-officials.

    And a giant balloon of of the President’s head, tethered by a parade of General Assembly members wearing Madigan masks.

    Theme: From our disfunctionally governed state to the Oval Office!

  14. - zatoichi - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 10:53 am:

    Guns for everyone and Joe Walsh with a megaphone.

  15. - Norseman - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 10:53 am:

    A giant animatronic Lincoln showing empty pockets while 3 well-dressed bankers stand by laughing.

  16. - Irish - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:00 am:

    The float should be a stage with a corral at one end labeled “Everyone in no one left out” and then on the stage should be Pee Wee Hermann in a purple tie trying to herd a whole bunch of cats with mask of the GA members, Rahm, IPI members, Civic Committee members, NRA, etc. etc.

  17. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:00 am:

    A giant blown-up Squeezy held by pairs of same-sex couples wearing orange jumpsuits and toting AR-15s.

  18. - MrJM - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:02 am:

    What should be the theme of Illinois’ float?

    A man in a suit kicking a can down the road.

    – MrJM

  19. - Johnny Q. Suburban - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:03 am:

    I’m not sure if borrowing from another float is allowed, but borrowing just the “Mountain of Despair” part seems pretty fitting.

  20. - WazUp - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:05 am:

    An advertisement on the side of the float; ‘Sponsored by the law firm of Dewe Cheatem and How’

  21. - Skeeter - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:09 am:

    People are going for bills, which is too obvious and not really focused on the President.

    It would be far more interesting and appropriate to focus on the fact that this term, the President is trying to portray more of a “bad-ass no more negotiating with people who won’t negotiate” image.

    I’m thinking the cake float from Animal House, but in a tribute to Illinois political culture “Bite Me” rather than “Eat Me.”

    The cake can be decorated with tributes to the people who have tried to stand in Barack’s way — Alice Palmer, Gery Chico, Blair Hull, Dan Hynes, Jack Ryan, Alan Keyes, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, and Mitt Romney.

    It would veer off course a number of times but eventually get to the destination.

  22. - Anon. - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:09 am:

    “Out of a mountain of unpaid bills, stone soup.”

    Or maybe a kite with a tail made of checks, with the motto “Playing the float to stay afloat.”

  23. - Wensicia - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:11 am:

    “Proud to represent and support fiscal debt!”

  24. - Ha! — - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:12 am:

    “Out of the mountain of sloth, an astonishing answer of nope.”

  25. - Liandro - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:12 am:

    “Out of the Mountain of Debt, rises only blasts of hot air.”

  26. - Pale Rider - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:14 am:

    How about MJM sitting on a throne. He is the undisputed King of Illinois.

  27. - Hank - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:14 am:

    “Brother Can You Spare a Dime”

  28. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:17 am:

    Straight Up - We’re Crooked

  29. - Anyone Remember? - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:18 am:

    Tina Turner singing the Phil Spector production of “River Deep Mountain High” … . The “river deep” portion of the float would be for the barge owners on the Mississippi, showing politically connected construction firms dredging near Thebes. The “mountain high” portion would show people in masks of Illinois State politicians, led by Jim Thompson, Jim Edgar, and the two headed Blagojevich / Filan, building a mountain of pension IOUs.

  30. - Commonsense in Illinois - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:21 am:


    Ubi Est Mea

  31. - dupage dan - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:21 am:

    I think the float should represent the river that Quinn loves so much. The Mighty Mississippi. We could use all the unpaid bills stapled together end to end to form the great waterway. There would probably be some bills left over.

  32. - AnotherAnonymous - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:22 am:

    “Snake on the Plains”

  33. - BIG R. PH. - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:28 am:

    A big light switch would be great with the title “The last one to leave please turn off”

  34. - Crime Fighter - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:31 am:

    A Rub Goldberg contraption that chews up effigies of money and people and spits them out as debris.

    For further explanation, see manifesto below:

    This would fit Illinois approach to both public policy and governing.

    - Public policy: We conduct our debates and analyses based on the most round about and convoluted ways to solve problems. Rarely, if ever, taking them on directly or addressing the root cause. This ranges from traffic safety to pensions.
    Just two examples: - The pension debt debate focuses on non-causal benefits rather than an inadequate tax system that has historically thwarted funding of every government function, including pensions.
    Traffic Safety: We focus first on seat belts which really only helps after other existing measures, which we don’t even bother with, have failed. Why not a “click-it or ticket” public education and enforcement campaign for turn signals,supporting of lawful right-of-way compliance to avoid crashes?

    In governance and administration it’s even worse: Our first response to any task is to concoct ways to contravene personnel rules, procurement laws, contracts, federal grant agreements, safety, and ethics rules. Our “honesty is the worst policy” or “compliance as a last resort” costs more time,money, and lives than just operating by the proven rules in the first place. Instead of outcomes, we get botched projects, disputes,injuries, audit findings, federal funds clawbacks, investigations, and a disillusioned state. Further, our state courts and boards aggravate these situations by treating this dysfunction as a God-given right, treating victimized and aggrieved citizens and workers as interlopers, while emboldening the perpetrators.

    The convoluted way we do things is unjust to Illinois state’s workforce, it’s citizenry, and ultimately our nation.

  35. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:33 am:

    dead beat state

  36. - AnonAnon - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:34 am:

    Just a deadbeat state. Not a deadbeat nation.

  37. - Judgment Day - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:44 am:

    Pat Quinn, running on a treadmill, with the treadmill pointed backwards. With a group of AFSCME protestors waving protest signs and running around the float at all times.

    The motto of the float could be “There’s A Finish Line Out There Somewhere”.

    Got to find a place for Squeezy…

  38. - walk in my shoes - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:46 am:

    Good thing in a state that consistently cries “Illinois is Broke” - we even have the funds for a float.

  39. - Jake From Elwood - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:46 am:

    Great post. Where else do we get references to Sisphyus, Micheal Ray Richardson and Phil Spector in the same thread.
    I vote for MrJM’s response. Perfect.

  40. - Judgment Day - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:48 am:

    Oh, and we somehow have to pay tribute to the fact that we’re working “night and day” to address our issues….

  41. - Homer J. Simpson - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 11:58 am:

    I don’t know about a theme, but I heard the float only has one gear and it’s reverse.

  42. - siriusly - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 12:12 pm:

    Your theme is malaise. You have 30 seconds to sketch it. Go!

  43. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 12:12 pm:

    Cheryl 44 & Homer Simpson-together A sink going backwards….

  44. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 12:34 pm:

    A “Peanuts” theme for Illinois….

    Pat Quinn as Charlie Brown trying to kick the football that is taken away, and yet, Charlie Brown tries again….

    Speaker Madigan as Snoopy… laughing at all the comedy of errors that he helped create…

    Title of the Float - “Illinois - A ‘Cartoon’ for the Ages”

  45. - dupage dan - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 12:36 pm:

    I like the night and day reference. Have a Frank Sinatra look alike sing the song on the float -

    “Night and day, you are the one…..”

  46. - Gtmeotahere - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 12:44 pm:

    who’s gonna pay for this. Not the DNC - We still haven’t gotten pd for his awesome anounncement for office in Spfld. Lesson learnt? Nothing should happen in ILLINOIS w/o pmt up front. Cause I don’t OWE you NOTHING>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  47. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 1:21 pm:

    A group of legislators with their pockets turned out standing in a bread line, singing the depression era classic:

    “Brother can you spare a trillion dollar coin?”

  48. - Cook County Commoner - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 1:31 pm:

    “Illinois: The Home of Fantasy Accounting”

  49. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 1:43 pm:

    Squeezy coiled around an empty refrigerator.

  50. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 1:49 pm:

    Theme: Livin’ Safe in Illinois

    Illinois is immune to the assault rifle epidemic.

    Number of deaths by assault rifle last year: 0

  51. - 3rd Generation Chicago Native - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 1:50 pm:

    a prison theme with all politicians, one with really good hair….

  52. - nobody - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 1:53 pm:

    The Chicago Cubs

  53. - southof i80 - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 1:58 pm:

    Welcome to the “peoples state”. or maybe “less guns,more crime?”

  54. - Robo - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 2:01 pm:

    A pony coming out of a pile.

  55. - CIC - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 2:16 pm:

    “Eat Me” and then splits apart to reveal Deathmobile (Animal House)

  56. - RNUG - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 3:21 pm:

    Al Capone theme with the slogan: Illinois - We Rob the Taxpayers!

  57. - RNUG - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 3:22 pm:

    Whatever it is, it should be covered in red ink!

  58. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 3:25 pm:

    Great ideas, guys.
    Willy, who will be “Lucy” on your float?
    Skeeter, should you add Osama bin Laden to your group?

  59. - Mama - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 4:53 pm:

    An Abe Lincoln theme float deco with colored IOU bills.

  60. - Mama - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 4:57 pm:

    A corn float with all the presidents who came from IL (Lincoln, Reagan, Obama). Lets see who did I miss?

  61. - RNUG - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 5:19 pm:


    could probably claim Ulysses S Grant, he lived in Galena before and after his term

  62. - Du Jour - Tuesday, Jan 15, 13 @ 5:24 pm:

    A backed up toilet with A Little Less Conversation A Little More Action playing in the background.

  63. - Dirty Red - Wednesday, Jan 16, 13 @ 12:51 am:

    The Henry Bayer Appreciation Float. Meanwhile, back in Springfield, the Speaker introduces his pension reform bill in committee and there’s a bill on the governor’s desk by the end of the day.

    Deja vu all over again.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Happy Thanksgiving!
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Five unanswered questions
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Question of the day
* Caption contest!
* Crossing the line
* Moody's warns Illinois
* The Credit Union Difference
* *** UPDATED x1 - Franks responds *** Uh-oh
* Then and now
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Visit our advertisers...







Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

* ZeroLemon battery cases for Galaxy Note 5, S6 Edge Plus now on Amazon
* [Deal] Save up to 50% off SwiftKey keyboard themes for Black Friday
* Mozilla doesn’t need Google’s financial support to keep going anymore
* Viber now lets you attach files, retrieve and delete sent messages
* [Deal] Need an activity tracker? Fitbit devices discounted by multiple retailers
* Cortana iOS beta starts heading out to first wave of testers
* [Deal] Save on these Quick Charge 2.0 chargers from Tronsmart

* Starting Pitcher Rankings: Chris Sale and Jose Quintana maintain st...
* Scouting profile: Adam Engel
* Alex Avila will try to shed limitations with White Sox
* White Sox program provides kids real chance
* Johnson solid candidate for White Sox rotation
* White Sox sign catcher Avila to one-year deal
* White Sox sign catcher Avila to one-year deal


Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0


* Time for Rauner, leaders to get down to busines.....
* Rauner faces challenges in move to block Syrian.....

* EXCHANGE: Highland art teachers exhibit works on campus
* Police make arrest in killing of Chicago 9-year-old boy
* Mascoutah burglary victim shot in 1st night at new home
* Closing of 2 Illinois harness racing tracks opposed
* Landfill cleanup to idle Rockford area sledding hill
* Hunters find body of missing southern Illinois woman
* EXCHANGE: Augustana digitizing Hauberg glass plate images
* Rauner faces challenges in move to block Syrian refugees
* Illinois high court takes Moline company's tax break appeal
* Boone County jail inmate charged with attacking guard

* Local free community college plans may be template for U.S.
* Rauner faces challenges in move to block refugees
* Vendor Payment Program suspended due to budget impasse
* Rauner pardons man found innocent of 1999 attack
* Springfield jobless rate falls again, to 5.1 percent
* Springfield police chief sees problems with body cam law
* Lawsuit challenges Illinois ban on marijuana campaign money
* Number of Illinois inmates released on parole climbing
* Bryce Benton circulating petitions to challenge Sen. Sam McCann in GOP primary
* Executive Mansion roof repairs nearing completion

* Retailers ready for shooting protests
* Mag Mile tied up by protest over Chicago teen's shooting
* Review: Sociale in the South Loop
* Her Barbie was a lawyer. Now she defends victims' rights
* Meet the guy making money off your food scraps

* In wake of dashcam video, Emanuel must navigate political minefield
* White House under holiday lockdown after man jumps fence
* Trevor Daley turning the corner at both ends of the ice
* Rauner faces challenges in move to block Syrian refugees
* Brown: Simeon basketball players bring their A-game to court
* 16 reasons every Blackhawks fan should be thankful on Thanksgiving
* Blackhawks cool off Sharks; Kane extends point streak to 17
* Four more Laquan McDonald police dashcam videos released
* President Obama: ‘Disturbed’ by Laquan video, grateful for ‘peaceful’ protests
* Black leaders call for Supt. McCarthy to resign

* Fire officials: Boy fatally shot on West Side
* Live Blog: Mag Mile marchers protest Laquan McDonald shooting
* Hundreds close stores, march on Mag Mile to protest Laquan McDonald killing
* Man charged in slaying of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, warrant issued for second suspect
* Gliniewicz notoriety hangs over Fox Lake police's future

* Local free community college plans may be template for U.S.
* Rauner faces challenges in move to block refugees
* Vendor Payment Program suspended due to budget impasse
* Eugene Robinson: The GOP's political correctness dodge
* Douglas Holt: Woman's protest of Trump was misguided, inappropriate
* George Will: Muzzling pet advice another case of free speech erosion
* Bernard Schoenburg: Josh Langfelder took father's advice on election petition signatures
* Rauner pardons man found innocent of 1999 attack
* Springfield jobless rate falls again, to 5.1 percent
* Michael Gerson: The Trump effect, still 'understated'

* Tom's Mailbag, Nov. 27, 2015
* LIVE: Arcola wins state title
* Kids making oral history with StoryCorps holiday project
* #SundaySneak: Red Robin on the way?
* Closing of 2 Illinois harness racing tracks opposed
* Mascoutah burglary victim shot in 1st night at new home
* Chicago police arrest man in 9-year-old boy's fatal shooting
* Strikes on IS city, focus of international campaign, kill 8
* Protest over Chicago teen's shooting set for retail district
* Super Bowl of shopping starts

* Free community college plan in Chicago costs $3 million
* Romo out for year after 2nd collarbone injury of season
* Falcons' Freeman ruled out against Vikings with concussion
* Defense helps No. 4 Lady Vols outlast Albany 63-55
* Bills DT Williams out for season

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* Letter: Sen. Durbin is right on refugee is......

* Opinion: Sen. Kirk must stand with crimina......

* If we are to get Goldman Sachs out of ESEA, we will have to be the ones to do it.
* Black Friday on North Michigan Avenue.
* Does America need a "council of elders"?
* Snow Money
* There's Snow Business
* Random Thoughts.
* ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,’ several weeks ago!!!
* Chicago Teachers Union. “If we strike, we do so to protect our children,” says Karen Jennings Lewis.
* Resign.
* Don't Let The Turkeys Get You Down

* Emergency Management Officials, National Weather Service Encourage Winter Preparedness - November is Winter Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois
* Keep Your Family Safe This Winter - November through February are leading months for carbon monoxide related incidents
* Governor Takes Bill Action
* Illinois Department of Labor Director Hugo Chaviano Awards Governor’s Award for Contributions in Health and Safety to the Illinois Refining Division of Marathon Petroleum Company LP
* State Regulator Elected Treasurer of Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

    Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller