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Thursday, May 22, 2014

* Mark Konkol received an e-mailed complaint this week

“Footlong dandelions all over,” wrote the unhappy neighbor who sent the pictures. “Worst on the block. … I don’t know what’s worse, the front yard or the back.”

The dandelion tattletale said he sent the pictures because the dandelions and tall grass grow on the front lawn of a prominent Chicagoan who prides himself on regular-guy sensibilities — Gov. Pat Quinn.

I drove out to the governor’s West Side home to confirm that the front lawn of Quinn’s modest Georgian — on a quiet residential block of tidy lawns in Galewood — indeed was the same house with the weed-choked lawn in the pictures. As proof, I took a few artsy photos that proved the tipster right. […]

[Quinn’s spokeswoman, Brooke Anderson] told me that Gov. Quinn is a very good neighbor, but he’s been very busy finishing up the legislative session in Springfield.

Tending to the front lawn, Anderson said, is definitely “on his to-do list.”

* The photo…

I’m kinda thinking that Bruce Rauner has people for that sort of task.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


107 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:02 am:

    “In reality, Governor Quinn is showcasing the Illinois Prairie everywhere, including his own lawn,” Brooke Anderson quipped.


  2. - Bogart - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:03 am:

    Having promised to live at the Mansion, of course this kind of stuff would happen. But couldn’t he pay the kid down the street $10 a week to keep the grass cut or have one of those double-exempt IDOT workers swing by with their riding mower.


  3. - Almost the Weekend - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:03 am:

    Would you rather have a moat around my house to keep all you average folk out or over grown dandelions?


  4. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:04 am:

    “Another example of Governor Quinn, and Governor Edgar being far different governors, as in this case, lawn care,” stated Brooke Anderson.


  5. - RNUG - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:04 am:

    “I knew that in-kind donation for lawn care was too good to be true.”


  6. - x ace - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:06 am:

    OW @ 11:04 = Grand Slam


  7. - Wensicia - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:08 am:

    He can’t see the yard for the dandelions!


  8. - Commonsense in Illinois - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:08 am:

    PQ: “Yes I have weeds, but we have to remember that these are Illinois weeds…Dandy Lions as we like to call them…and we have them because they are everyday weeds…much like those in Springfield….and we have to keep them growing…like our economy…so that we have good weed-killing jobs and not job-killing weeds…I’m working hard to preserve these Illinois Dandy Lions…and that’s what I’m about…growing J-O-B-S for week-killers…and doing that without adding spending because we have to get control of our spending…and I’ll be talking to the Speaker about how we can grow our Dandy Lions and weed-killing jobs here in the great state of Illinois.


  9. - 47th Ward - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:08 am:

    When I was here, I wanted to be there; when I was there, all I could think of was getting back into the jungle. I’m here a week now… waiting for a mission… getting softer. Every minute I stay in the Capitol, I get weaker, and every minute Rauner squats in the bush, he gets stronger.


  10. - enoughalready - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:10 am:

    “I though we legalized weeds last year”


  11. - wordslinger - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:10 am:

    “I was not put on this earth to weed and feed night and day.”

    Seriously, though, dude, give the kid down the street a $20 a week to take care of things. People in Galewood take their patches of grass very seriously.


  12. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:10 am:

    “To be honest, Governor Quinn’s lawn situation is at a crossroads; the 13 year old who does the cutting is negotiating for the $10 dollar an hour minimum, which the governor agrees.

    However, the 13 year old is scared, like all minimum wage Illinois workers are, that Billionaire Bruce Rauner will roll back the minimum if elected, so it’s the years of the contract that is the holdup,” Brooke Anderson stated.


  13. - Mittuns - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:11 am:

    Governor Quinn is growing them for medicinal purposes only.


  14. - OneMan - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:11 am:

    Just because his underwear is in one place doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a mower someplace else…

    Commonsense congratulations you win the Internet today… All you needed was a line about Illinois weeds good and true…


  15. - Mittuns - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:12 am:

    Governor Quinn has been too busy weeding out No votes on the tax increase to tend to his lawn.


  16. - Mittuns - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:13 am:

    Governor Quinn cares for his lawn like Bruce Rauner cares for the elderly in his nursing homes.


  17. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:14 am:

    When asked about the lawn later that day, Brooke Anderson responded by stating, “Sheila isn’t on a weekly cut schedule anymore since leaving the Ticket, and Paul (Vallas) has been out of state for quite some time. When Paul gets his cut schedule straightened out, this will be rectified.”


  18. - MrJM - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:14 am:

    Who’s gonna dry your big blue eyes day after day?
    Who’s gonna jump when you say ‘frog’?
    Who’s gonna bow and scrape
    After I’ve gone away?

    Who’s gonna kiss ya and who’s gonna miss ya?
    Who’s gonna hold to your hand?
    Who’s gonna chop your kindlin’ wood
    After I’ve made new plans?
    Hey, who’s gonna be your man?

    Who’s gonna bring you your breakfast in bed?
    Who’s gonna whisper goodnight?
    Who’s gonna keep you warm as toast
    On those cold winter nights?

    And who’s gonna be your puppy dog
    When I’m a thing of the past?
    Hey, who’s gonna mow your grass?

    http://youtu.be/ThQ3G6b7d-U

    – MrJM


  19. - justsayin' - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:16 am:

    Governor Pat Quinn: All natural


  20. - OneMan - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:16 am:

    Madigan announce he is proposing a referendum for the voters of Illinois proposing that each legislator be able to name one high school student from their district who will be paid to mow the governors lawn for a stipend.


  21. - Wensicia - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:18 am:

    Governor Quinn promotes a new, healthier lunch program for Illinois’ students, based on salads made from dandelion greens.


  22. - VanillaMan - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:19 am:

    “The egregious multi-millionaire and nine mansion owning opponent, who knows nothing of what it means to have a weed in any of the palatial landscapes he currently owns around our world, and who can easily shake the hand of a confederate flag wearing, leather wearing biker while dismissing the drunkenness of another fellow traveler, drowning his sorrows in a beer served in a non-recyclable plastic cup before seeing him drive away drunk on a motorcycle - uh, who has no plans to assist our great state out of its fiscal dilemma, and uh - is no friend of any Illinoisan that is not in the .01% of the wealthiest of the wealthy, uh - he has weeds too. Worse than dandelions, worse than thistles, worst than those green plants that have those little yellow flowers on them that smell like margarine, Bruce Rauner is a man willing to exterminate our native species of dandelions, just as he is more than willing to exterminate our hard working citizens.

    Yeah - that.”


  23. - MrGrassroots - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:23 am:

    I found that you have to get down on the ground, and pull them out by the roots, and be rid of them once and for all. As far as dandelions, I don’t have a clue.


  24. - William j Kelly - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:25 am:

    Ok, I get it, Rahm’s billionaires have it better than the rest of us. I guess poor pat Quinn will just have to find some way to appeal to the 99% of voters that don’t own multiple mansions! Lol


  25. - DuPage - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:25 am:

    I remember some years back a TV news article squawking about state police doing yard work for a previous governor. As it turned out, they were bodyguards who were there anyway and mowed the lawn on their own initiative. Maybe Pat Quinn does not want to appear to take advantage of the state like that, and issued a “no mowing order” to reduce the state deficit. Next: He will walk from his house to his downtown office to save state gas money.


  26. - Ron Burgundy - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:25 am:

    The Governor’s entire Youth Summer Job Creation Program.


  27. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:26 am:

    In a short, terse statement, Brooke Anderson gave a simple reason to the Lawn Situation;

    “With the pending Shackman litigation in the Federal Courts, specific IDOT duties, certain responsibilities have changed. The governor’s lawn is a casualty.”


  28. - Grass is greener - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:26 am:

    From Chicago park district:
    With the reduction in use of chemical weed killers, dandelion flowers grow back quickly, often overnight. Therefore, the sight of dandelions indicates grass that is healthy and safe.


  29. - OneMan - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:27 am:

    Ummmm William

    As much as you like to complain about Rahm, not sure how your post related to Pat Quinn’s lawn unless you are proposing that Rahm is hiring people to secretly put fertilizer on the lawn to encourage the weeds…

    You are not suggesting that, are you?


  30. - Anonymous - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:28 am:

    Timmy down the street demanded a raise, but Quinn stated he just doesn’t have the $10 extra to give. Timmy pointed out that his taxes are going to be lower next year and he’ll have extra cash. Negotiations are at a standstill, and sources indicate this to be the main reason behind Quinn pushing for extension of the tax rate. The Governor reportedly stated “I just don’t like that kid, and would rather give the $10 to Madigan.”


  31. - Steve - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:29 am:

    I blame the Koch brothers they are in political control of Chicago.


  32. - TROOPER - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:32 am:

    The Governor is providing the correct environment for “Squeezy”


  33. - VanillaMan - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:35 am:

    If we mow the lawn, where would we put the bodies hiding in it?


  34. - VanillaMan - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:36 am:

    The gentleman offended that our governor isn’t tending his lawn, needs to get a freaking life too.


  35. - Anonymous - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:38 am:

    Now my lawn looks like the area around many of the shuttered businesses in Illinois!


  36. - the Patriot - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:40 am:

    Caption for the Tribune…”Governor Quinn endorsed by Sierra Club for allowing Native Grasses to reclaim his yard.

    Caption for The Southern…”It appears Governor Quinn did not realize that Native Grasses is Native American for, “weeds as tall as a man’s head.”"


  37. - William j Kelly - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:41 am:

    Ummmmm one man, all I am suggesting is that politically I don’t see how it hurts Quinn to show a picture of a house that the majority of voters in Illinois can relate to. Especially when Rahm’s billionaires have it so much better than everyone else.


  38. - wOLFBOY - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:41 am:

    If Rauner has people for this kind of task —I can’t help but wonder if they are Latin?


  39. - Anon 144 - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:41 am:

    Dorothy Brown’s husband had the lawn mowing contract.


  40. - the Patriot - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:42 am:

    If Rauner had a sense of humor he would have Quinnocho mowin that thing down this afternoon.


  41. - Tom Joad - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:46 am:

    Maybe the neighbor should mind his own business.


  42. - Omay - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:46 am:

    Judging by the POV on this photo, I think that Squeezy took this picture. Or maybe it was a different snake.


  43. - Chicago Cynic - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:46 am:

    Rauner spokesman Lance Trover noted, “Governor Quinn’s yard is just another casualty of the Quinn tax increase taking away money from hard working Illinoisans.”

    Seriously though, he makes 180,000/year, pays for almost nothing these days but can’t afford to pay a neighbor kid to mow the lawn?


  44. - Michelle Flaherty - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:46 am:

    I pity the poor Dunn who gets assigned the task of mowing and weeding over the weekend


  45. - Stones - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:49 am:

    The dude needs to pick up a bag of Weed & Feed and gas for his lawn mower!


  46. - Shark Sandwich - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:52 am:

    Somebody check his garage for a Happiness Machine, or dandelion wine still…

    Quinn’s comment: “I was inspired by a great Illinois author, a state treasure in his right, Ray Bradbury…”


  47. - Anonymous - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:52 am:

    Yes, Kelly, there are voters who “relate” with Quinn on this picture…mainly those who have lost their jobs since he’s been in office and whose lawn looks like this after they lost it when they were foreclosed on.


  48. - wordslinger - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:52 am:

    –Maybe the neighbor should mind his own business.–

    If your neighbor doesn’t keep up his property, it becomes your business.


  49. - 47th Ward - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:53 am:

    Two words: prairie restoration.


  50. - wordslinger - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:55 am:

    This is going to hurt him with the grass roots.


  51. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:55 am:

    Quinn : I’m having a party at the City Club this Sunday. I’m christening my new Campaign Commercial. What are you doing this Sunday?

    Chicago Campaign Intern: No plans.

    PQ: Great! How would you like to mow my lawn? I figured a college-bound fellow could use a few extra dollars. And when you’re finished why don’t you drop by the City Club? Eh? Huh?


  52. - Sunshine - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:55 am:

    Well….I was planning on making dandelion wine!


  53. - siriusly - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 11:56 am:

    “on his to do list” is not a metaphor - it’s a real

    The problem is that it is on a crumpled post-it right under fifty other post it notes including: “budget, tax rates, campaign fund raising, start campaigning, call Barack”


  54. - William j Kelly - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 12:01 pm:

    Anonymous, I think it was Rahm and his billionaires at Freddy Mac you must be referring to but while I have your attention there are many great quotes about dandelions but one of my favorites has to be “when you look at a field of dandelions you can either see a hundred weeds or millions of dreams!” I don’t know if you are a real Chicagoan or one of Rahm’s billionaires but I hope you like the quote!


  55. - Kerfuffle - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 12:05 pm:

    I hope he isn’t waiting for that $500 check to be mailed out before he takes care of his lawn.


  56. - Da Moat - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 12:14 pm:

    They can juxtapose this photo with photos of Rauner’s nine homes, one of which has a moat. cf. “Bungalow” Bill Lipinski back I’m the day.


  57. - Arthur Andersen - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 12:15 pm:

    When reached for comment by Rich Miller of Capitol Fax, Quinn said, “I try to keep up, but the nasty suckers pop up so fast. You know, like those Kelly guy posts on your blog.”


  58. - Jeff Trigg - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 12:16 pm:

    The kid down the street still has a few weeks to wait on Chicago to approve his lawn-care professional service business before he can legally cut Quinn’s lawn, and besides, he’s holding out for the $15/hour minimum wage to pass so he can afford the state business license fees.


  59. - Walker - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 12:18 pm:

    “I see a clear path to solve our problems.”


  60. - Soccermom - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 12:18 pm:

    47th and Word

    I love you guys.


  61. - Jeff Trigg - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 12:19 pm:

    Guess who’s getting a prairie chicken from the next batch being flown in from Kansas.


  62. - Soccermom - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 12:20 pm:

    I realized I left out OW….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-iW9nq1G-0&feature=kp


  63. - Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 12:22 pm:

    Pat Quinn does not engage in Astroturfing.


  64. - Jake From Elwood - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 12:28 pm:

    Further proof that Quinn has a hard time cutting anything.


  65. - Jake From Elwood - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 12:28 pm:

    You think Quinn could make a call to the Sodfather to set this straight.


  66. - OurMagician - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 12:33 pm:

    Governor Quinn went out in his yard and counted 167 dandelions. Mike Madigan rechecked and there were only 81.


  67. - DuPage Rep - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 12:34 pm:

    Nice Mr. Willy. How about a Fresca?


  68. - Anon. - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 12:36 pm:

    I thought he was planting soy this year.


  69. - Mark - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 12:38 pm:

    Section 7-28-120 of the Municipal Code of Chicago prohibits the average height of such weeds from being over 10 inches high. Hope a city inspector doesn’t come by!


  70. - train111 - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 12:39 pm:

    In a blistering press release Rauner Spokesperson Mike Schrimpf takes on Governor Quinn.

    “Quinnochio does it again” Just like his stand on taxes, Quinn has lied to his neighbors about keeping a tidy lawn. Secondly, Quinn intends to raise, raise, raise your taxes to get his dandelion problem under control.
    Mr Rauner has a clear plan to fix this. We have no clue what that is, but we are dilligently working on it and intend to have it out some day.


  71. - LincolnLounger - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 12:40 pm:

    Like the field of dandelions waving prominently in his yard, Patrick Quinn’s ethical reputation has gone to seed.

    Seriously, Commonsense was brilliant.


  72. - Arthur Andersen - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 12:42 pm:

    “Pat, you missed a spot.”


  73. - OneMan - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 12:53 pm:

    The Rauner campaign announce today a series of calls is being placed across the state to add the dandelion to the state noxious weed list.


  74. - Anonymous - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 12:58 pm:

    The lawn kid wanted $100 per cut, said his LLC paperwork is $500 and gas is $4 a gallon. $500? That can’t be right??? Oh, it is—sheesh!


  75. - Judgment Day - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 1:00 pm:

    Now, if we could just toss in a junk car or two, and maybe an old broken down washing machine, we’d be in business…..


  76. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 1:02 pm:

    - Soccermom -, you are way kind. Funny stuff there!

    - DuPage Rep -, very well played.

    “Caption?”

    @FakePatQuinn - spending day & night working for the people had left some things neglected. Need to paint the gutters. #CantSeeTheForestThruTheWeeds


  77. - Raymond - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 1:05 pm:

    Brooke: “Gov. Quinn inherited those detestable weeds from the PREVIOUS OWNER! As soon as he became aware of them, he took decisive action and began the process of eradicating them, not just from his yard but also from the larger community and the entire Land of Lincoln. As any homeowner knows, fully eradicating these weeds takes a multi-year commitment by a strong, dedicated and experienced leader. Thank goodness for Gov. Quinn!”


  78. - I B Strapped - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 1:08 pm:

    Maybe when Rich Miller gets his darn $500.00 property tax rebate he will back off with the darn dandelion caption assaults?


  79. - Todd - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 1:15 pm:

    As his contribution to fighting global climate change, the governor willl not be using a lawnmower on his yard anymore, goats are being brought upmon the state plain from the mansion


  80. - Anonymous - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 1:19 pm:

    Nothing to see here. Just a Dandelion Whine. Move along, please.


  81. - Arthur Andersen - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 1:20 pm:

    “as God is my witness, I thought prairie chickens ate dandelions.”


  82. - justsayin' - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 1:20 pm:

    Must be a slow news day, Rauner’s paid hacks are talking about mowing lawns. Just one more thing to confuse people so they don’t have to come up with an actual budget or plan on pensions.


  83. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 1:23 pm:

    When pressed about the unusual amount of weeds and high green grass, Brooke Anderson let out a little know secret beyond Pat Quinn’s neighbors.

    “This is a hybrid,” Anderson began. “This is a cross, ah, of Bluegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass, Featherbed Bent, and Northern California Sensemilia. The amazing stuff about this is, that you can have loads of dandelions on it in the afternoon, cut it, bag it, take it IN the home, and just get stoned to the bejeezus-belt that night on this stuff with the proper Medical Marijuana prescription.”


  84. - blogman - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 1:23 pm:

    You would think that he would have one friend in the neighborhood who would help him cut the lawn! On second thought, he has no friends!


  85. - Black Ivy - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 1:25 pm:

    Come on, I am just a regular guy who is just trying to get “in the weeds” on extending the tax increase and ensuring that pension reforms remain in tact. That being said, neighbor, I’ll give you a $500 property tax rebate if you withdraw your complaint.


  86. - KGB - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 1:28 pm:

    “Much like his personal home, Gov. Quinn’s tax extension program is ‘lost in the weeds.’”


  87. - The End Is Near - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 1:29 pm:

    Let one of Cellini’s asphalt guys pave the whole lawn and the dandelions become a non-issue.


  88. - VanillaMan - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 1:33 pm:

    If it was mowed, we’d discover Pat’s pot plants.


  89. - Upon Further Review - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 1:43 pm:

    One by one, they left Illinois, abandoning their homes and possessions in the process. Nothing was left of the formerly great civilization, but weed covered lots and abandoned buildings where dreams of a better tomorrow lay in ruins. And the leaders of the Democratic Party decreed that it was the fault of those who refused to pay their fair share.


  90. - Jeff Trigg - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 1:51 pm:

    “Northern California Sensemilia” - Funny, but technically, sensimilla is not a variety/strain of cannabis, it is a flowering female cannabis plant that does not have any seeds because it has not been pollinated by a male cannabis plant.

    Also technically, to grow cannabis under the regulations of our trial medical marijuana program, you’ve got to have $2 million to back up your grow operation, have cameras on your plants with the video feed piped directly to your state district police office, and make sure all of your medical marijuana patients have been licensed, fingerprinted, and background checked.


  91. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 1:55 pm:

    - Jeff Trigg -,

    Are you saying Carl Spackler is wrong?

    Now I understand why he was never made Head Greenskeeper.

    “Caption?”

    “Governor, you do know you, personally, don’t have to grow the dandelions you want to wish upon, right? We can see you used 1 or 50, but …”


  92. - Anonymous - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 2:12 pm:

    PQ is a Dandy Lyin.


  93. - Quizzical - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 2:13 pm:

    I’ve got to grow them big, that’s to make the wine better. That’s right — I make my own dandelein wine. No chateau de money for me.


  94. - Jeff Trigg - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 2:16 pm:

    “Are you saying Carl Spackler is wrong?”

    Aha, even funnier now that I recognize the reference. Sorry to say, but yes, Spackler was wrong, although his lack of promotion probably had more to do with gophers and using explosives while stoned.

    Next week the Illinois Policy Institute will release their study on just how much money and time it would cost before the kid down the street could legally mow the Governor’s lawn.

    In a follow up study they will examine the penalties involved to the kid and the Governor if the kid doesn’t follow the rule of law before mowing the yard, if the kid happens to be an illegal immigrant, and if the Governor continues to ignore the Municipal Code of Chicago pertaining to lawns.


  95. - RNUG - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 2:17 pm:

    PQ - Would my neighbor rather I mow at 3 AM after I get home from working on the pensions day and night?


  96. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 2:24 pm:

    - Jeff Trigg -,

    Sometimes a joke, is just a joke…

    “Caption?”

    @FakePatQuinn - ok, enough about me missing the “bigger picture”, beyond the gutters. I need to tuck point too. There. Better? #WhatAmIMissing?


  97. - NoBody's Perfect - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 2:32 pm:

    Here at ShakeyMitt HQ, we just grab a stockbrokers about to plead guilty, hand them some clippers and bingo zingo lawns across America are perfect.
    Then they go back to their regular shift of buying Oberweiss stock so that hopeless mope can make money and provide some lover offerings
    Very full day


  98. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 2:32 pm:

    “Sometimes a joke is a joke…and…whoa, my hand…”

    Apologies, stupid phone. All good - JT -

    “Caption?”

    @FakePatQuinn - I am going to withhold the paying of the law care guy until he does his job. #OopsThatsMeMadeAFunny


  99. - down south - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 2:48 pm:

    Gov Quinn doing his part to crate habitat for the endangered prairie chicken and cut down the air travel time form Minnesota


  100. - William j Kelly - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 3:18 pm:

    Anonymous must really be one of Rahm’s billionaires if he thinks Quinn’s house is so unlivable! Lol


  101. - Chicago Cynic - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 3:39 pm:

    “Governon Quinn unveiled a new growth plan today, revealing his true love for grass roots activism.”


  102. - BW - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 3:54 pm:

    If your grass is over 12 inches tall and you raise prairie chickens in the yard, you might be a redneck… If you reprimand CMS because they failed to specify in the request for bids for that the 1986 Camaro on rest on blocks, you might be a redneck governor…


  103. - A guy... - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 4:22 pm:

    My Rotary push mower has no engine, but it’s operator has run out of gas.


  104. - SayWHAT - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 4:25 pm:

    Governor Quinn? He would never neglect his responsibilities like this. Leaving his yard unattended? Allowing weeds to go to seed and blow all over the neighborhood? Making others take on an extra load because of his inaction? …..NAW! Doesn’t sound at all like him!


  105. - Michael J. Madigan - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 4:53 pm:

    Don’t worry about the grass Pat. I’ll send Brown over to cut it when he’s finished with mine.


  106. - Forrest Gump - Thursday, May 22, 14 @ 7:11 pm:

    So does Quinn.


  107. - zatoichi - Friday, May 23, 14 @ 5:13 am:

    Science and Industry’s new exhibit - ‘An Ant’s View of Pat’s House’ now through August.


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