- Larry Mullholland - Friday, Dec 23, 05 @ 9:20 am:
The people of Illinois do really care about our State, our government and they care about who our leaders are. This blog is an example of the the lenghths at which people will go (perhaps too far at times) to promote their cause because they do care. Merry Christmas AND Happy Holidays.
Rich, Thank you for providing this service to those of us who care. Larry M.
I was, has been, and remains, the Land of Lincoln.
Home state to: Ronald Reagan, Northwestern University, the Chicago White Sox, the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Bears….(etc.), the Chicago Lyric Opera (next nearest regular season grand opera company, hundreds of miles away…), one of the largest French Impressionist collections in the world at the Art Institute of Chicago, the start of the Mackinac Island Race, countless stars of film, radio, and TV, the best damn pheasant and fowl hunting in the entire Midwest, etc., etc….
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings, and a very Happy New Year to all.
In this state filled with some of the nation’s best cultural sites, sports teams and tourist attractions, there is still the heady whiff of an active democracy at play. This blog serves as the perfect showcase for the (mostly) two-party system at work, with plenty of rancor, civility and discourse all at once. We have admirable public servants, polarizing politicians and special interest groups that don’t yield an inch. Reading this blog and its comments is proof positive that our system of government not only works but also provides lots of entertainment along the way. Surely 2006 will bring lots more fun. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Hannukah, Happy Holidays, and most important, Aren’t We Glad The Days Are Getting Longer Again.
- Crank-tankerous - Friday, Dec 23, 05 @ 10:09 am:
Illinois - the home of Fred McMurray, Steve Allen, Mel Torme, Gene Krupa, Willie Dixon, Jams Jones, James T. Farrell, Nelson Algren, Richard Wright, Ronald Reagan, Adlai Stevenson, Paul Douglas, Curley Dirckson, Richard J. Daley, The Special Olympics, Mercy Home for Children, Fr. John Smyth, the Kankakee River, Starved Rock, Galena, Giant City, Murfeesboro, and Biscuits and Gravy is some territory.
How about let’s be thankful for Bush’s popularity fallng into the toilet. It kept him from reinstating the draft!
Actually I think the blogodome shutting down for a few days will be good because it will cause many of the participants to reenter the real world dimension. They will discover Illinoisans care more about the SOX, Illini and even the Bears than any of GRod’s slight missteps.
Not positive enough?
How about thanks to CaptFax for this blog break and for the millions in subscription fees you have sucked away from IL corporations. That is coin they might have given to those sad, lonely misguided GOP candidates.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night!
- Rep. Ed Sullivan, Jr. - Friday, Dec 23, 05 @ 10:54 am:
From one of those “sad, lonely misguided GOP candidates, have a merry Cristmas, happy Hanakkah or wonderful Kwanzaa (as I do not know what you might celebrate). But more importantly I want to wish you and your family good health and prosperity in the new year!
- Son of A Sailor - Friday, Dec 23, 05 @ 10:55 am:
We Still Believe and Peace and Good Will :)
Merry Christmas to All and I’ll see you all on the Other Side
- ONEMANCANMAKEADIFFERENCE - Friday, Dec 23, 05 @ 11:04 am:
The State of Illinois is a blessed state!!!!!!!!
We have not seen the damage of a terrist attack, no hurricanes, no weather that really truly caused a calamity and we are also blessed to be apart of the United States the Land of Freedom of Speech!
While we could have experienced some of the catastrophies that other states have, we havn’t.
Illinois is as diverse a mixture of people, cultures, and ideas as you can find. This is a positive thing for Illinois as it brings a variety of ideas and concepts to share among the various groups found in our state. Now, we need to exhibit the wisdom that is required to “cherry-pick” from amongst these ideas so that we may retain “the best of the best” and weed out those which are not condusive to the people’s health, happiness, and the pursuit of liberty.
- Reddbyrd is an Idiot - Friday, Dec 23, 05 @ 11:15 am:
Reddbyrd - I can’t believe you fell for that junk about Bush reinstating the draft. What a farce. You’re an idiot. We should send you to a desolate island where your stupidity won’t rub off on anyone else.
As for good things about Illinois - We got that great Fitzgerald Prosecutor who is cracking down on the wealth of corruption in Illinois. Today George Ryan; tomorrow Rod Blagojevich, Mike Madigan, and Richard Daley. All of four of them deserve prison time.
All of us true hacks out here are thankfull for Rich’s Capitol Fax and the opportunity to work for a great candidate Tammy Duckworth. Merry Christmas Happy Holidays fellow hacks. See you in the precict!
I lived around the country before moving back to Illinois several years ago. Couldn’t wait to come home. Politicians here are as goofy as other states. Finances are never good. Walking down State Street still excites me as much as when I was kid. Snow at a Bears game. Blowing through some backroads with 6 foot corn and country blasting on the radio. Growing tomatoes in black dirt. Leaving gum on the rail in the Capitol. Swimming in a farm pond while listening to Buddy Guy on WXRT. Great friends and family.
It’s just a good life here. Stay safe, have a fun Christmas/New Year and come back next year tanned, rested, and ready.
2)property values kept down due to current government chasing business & growth away from IL;
3)IL is generous to and welcomes all welfare recipients, illegal aliens and other non-contibuting citizens…
4)prisoners in IL are released early after serving only a fraction of their sentences due to over-crowding…
Chicago Bears finally acting like a football team;
White Sox winning the series;
Capitol Fax blog keeping my political brain cells clicking;
Verizon finally getting broadband in my neighborhood;
Living in a state that with all of its problems and chicanery is NOT California!
Illinois positives: We have the best Italian beef, brats, hot dogs (NO ketchup!!!), and beer (anything–from bitter to ale–from Walter Payton’s Roundhouse microbrewery) in the world. And our corn and soybeans ain’t bad, either.
Illinois is great! Comments please! Should Tom Dart back Claypool? Yes/No?
- 6 Degrees of Separation - Friday, Dec 23, 05 @ 7:54 pm:
The City of Big Shoulders, Hog Butcher to the World.
The Galena Territory.
Starved Rock State Park, and its Lodge.
Everything about Abe Lincoln, including the city where his body rests.
The Shawnee National Forest.
That park in Cairo where the Ohio and Mississippi come together.
A thoughtful politician who’s in it for the right reasons every once in awhile, like Paul Simon, Barack Obama, Pete Fitzgerald, and Dick Ogilvie.
A political boss who is an easy target and a source of entertainment even when we hate what he does, like the Richards Daley.
The unsung wonks, hacks, technocrats, bureaucrats, engineers, computer geeks, inspectors, front-line health care workers, prison guards, and state troopers who thanklessly keep the state safe and working, despite an oftentimes not-too-clear sense of direction from above.
Rib joints on the South Side.
Pizza joints on the North Side.
Dese, dat, dem, doze. Gimme tree bucks.
A World Series champion, a 10-4 pro football team, a potential Final Four repeating college basketball team, a pro basketball team likely to make the playoffs…and a pro hockey team that is, ahem, playing this year.
A governor who is hanging on by a thread in his own state, even as he plays to a national audience with some success…hmmm, wasn’t the last guy like that, too?
And a blanket of snow over the state on Christmas Day.