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Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014

* This is a problem with most really old basements, but yuck, man. Kurt Erickson

Reporters in the Capitol are typically used to dealing with shifty and unsavory characters.

Recently, however, even the most grizzled veterans were somewhat frazzled by the appearance of an unwanted visitor in the bathroom nearest to the basement press room.

And no, it wasn’t one of our elected officials.

According to the janitorial crew who keep the place tidy, there was a rat in the newly refurbished west wing water closet.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


27 Comments
  1. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 9:23 am:

    Campaign tracker?


  2. - walker - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 9:23 am:

    was me above 9:23


  3. - Streator Curmudgeon - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 9:28 am:

    Got lost trying to find his seat in the House chamber.


  4. - Knome Sane - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 9:32 am:

    Was it wearing a wire?


  5. - Just Observing - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 9:34 am:

    Aw… as I was reading, I was hoping it was going to be a ghost.


  6. - Chicago Cynic - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 9:38 am:

    Wow - a rat in the statehouse. Now there’s a shocker!


  7. - Chicago Cynic - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 9:38 am:

    ComEd has a new lobbyist?


  8. - Chicago Cynic - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 9:39 am:

    Rod escaped from prison?


  9. - Chicago Cynic - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 9:39 am:

    Ok, I was just doing that in the spirit of OW because Willy’s apparently not around yet this morning…


  10. - Roadiepig - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 9:46 am:

    Looks like not all of the members of congress have left for the campaign trail just yet…


  11. - William j Kelly - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 9:51 am:

    Strange, I thought Rahm was in New York this week.


  12. - Wensicia - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 9:52 am:

    Turn Squeezy loose, he’ll catch him.


  13. - train111 - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 9:54 am:

    The big question ia whether or not it voted for MAdigan to be speaker.


  14. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 9:54 am:

    Is that unusual? I’d think that tunnel system down there and all the utility rooms would be rat heaven in such an old building.


  15. - That Guy - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 9:56 am:

    Maybe he’s a ratatouille there to make the food in the Stratton cafeteria better?


  16. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 9:59 am:

    Rathskellar refugee?


  17. - Give Me A Break - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 10:00 am:

    - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 9:59 am:

    Rathskellar refugee?

    Pretty sure that was the usual Monday Blue Plate Special down there.


  18. - downstate commissioner - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 10:02 am:

    rats can actually come up through sewers into toilets, but usually cannot climb out due to slick porcelain surface…actually had an older secretary accuse guys in the office of putting one in to scare her…


  19. - Nearly Normal - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 10:08 am:

    No surprise there. Rats are everywhere. Just read an article about rats in the Louvre gardens in Paris. They like the picnic leftovers.

    So, tell the reporters to watch where they discard their lunch scraps!!


  20. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 10:09 am:

    ===Just read an article about rats in the Louvre gardens in Paris===

    They’re everywhere in Paris.


  21. - BIG R. Ph. - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 10:20 am:

    Perhaps it was the Big, Black Union Rat?


  22. - KGB - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 10:30 am:

    Wednesday’s special at the Stratton Cafeteria…


  23. - A guy... - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 10:33 am:

    Funny really, even the rats don’t show up when the Legislature is in session. lol.


  24. - Sunshine - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 11:11 am:

    Can’t use rat poison for fear of knocking off several of the legislators and lobbyists!


  25. - Abraham Froman - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 11:17 am:

    “Frankly, you’re beginning to smell and for a stud in New York, that’s a handicap.” ~ Ratso Rizzo


  26. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 11:56 am:

    Too easy


  27. - Stones - Tuesday, Aug 12, 14 @ 12:36 pm:

    If the water closet was newly refurbished I would hate to see what creatures were living there prior to the rat.


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