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Thursday, Mar 30, 2006

This question was suggested by blogger Carl Nyberg.

If Illinois had its own money, who would be depicted on the coins and bills?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Bill Baar - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 5:23 am:

    I’d suggest no peole. Just local birds and wildlife. Just like some other countries do.

    Would save us from a lot of fights and the money would look nicer.

  2. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 5:52 am:

    I imagine Rod would put himself on the money. It would be a great ad for his re-election campaign!

  3. - Joe Sixpack - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 6:48 am:

    Since I only know what I see on TV and in the newspapers…

    His Holiness Pope Obama I. He’s earned his place on currency with the likes of Washington, Lincoln, Jackson, and Jefferson. His stature allows him to print his own money, anyway. Might as well put his own picture on it.

    I’d also like to see Blessed Mother Duckworth of Hoffman Estates (soon to be Saint Tammy, once canonized…er elected) on currency too. I hear she’s the real deal and not just your run-of-the-mill Illinois political party hack.

  4. - Shallow Pharnyx - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 7:15 am:

    Blago on the front, Elvis on the back.

  5. - Outraged, again - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 7:31 am:

    The late, great Paul Powell. What better tribute to one of our most corrupt officeholders ever.

  6. - Anon Tax Guy - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 7:49 am:

    Here’s a recap of my suggestions from the other day when this was first suggested:

    Orville Hodge (State Auditor convicted of embezzlement)

    Theodore Isaacs (Revenue Director involved in the race track stock deal along with Kerner)

    Pick a representative lobbyist

    Richard Ogilvie - An honest guy who was responsible for the income tax in Illinois.

  7. - Numbers Guy - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 7:49 am:

    John Filan on the front of the $1 bill. On the back, a montage of retired teachers, cops, professors, etc. showing their picked pockets.

  8. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 7:53 am:

    We could put all our governors who were never indicted on our money. The good thing is that there aren’t too many of them, so people won’t get confused.

  9. - Anon - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 8:05 am:

    Michael Jordan

  10. - anon - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 8:08 am:

    Michael Jordan
    Da Coach
    Dick Butkis

  11. - Wumpus - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 8:40 am:

    Daley Jr and Sr.
    Obama on the $1,000,000 bill
    The Fitgeralds
    Keyes on the $3

  12. - Pocketmoney - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 9:10 am:

    But we have a quarter of our own — or is that not worth pointing out?

  13. - NW burbs - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 9:16 am:

    I agree with Bill — native flora and fauna…

    That could go on the front (a la US currency which has portraits on the front) with some local architecture and/or scenic vistas from throughout the state to grace the reverse.

  14. - Statehouse reporter - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 9:19 am:

    Instead of E Pluribus Unum, which means “Out of many one,” how about Ubi est mea, which means “Where’s mine?”

  15. - anon - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 9:49 am:

    The picture is irrelevent.
    The logo would be: In Madigan we trust.

  16. - felix - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 9:51 am:

    I agree with Outraged but I’d go further - Paul Powell on the $20, Bill Scott (the resigned Lt. Governor, Otto Kerner, Dan Walker. Let’s not forget our great heritage.

  17. - VanillaMan - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 9:53 am:

    There are so many! So first, lets drop the idea that they have to be elected officals. These people are WAY over exposed, and Illinois is so much more than the bums we elect.

    We can select famous businesspeople
    John Johnson - Johnson Publishing
    John Deere
    Montgomery Ward
    Philip Armour
    Marshall Field
    Richard Sears
    Oprah Winfrey
    Cyrus McCormick

    Great Athletes…
    Walter Payton
    Ernie Banks
    Michael Jordon

    Great Musicians - Illinois knows Jazz!
    Benny Goodman
    Miles Davis

    Great Social Leaders…
    Mother Cabrini
    Mortimer Adler
    Jane Addams
    Joseph Smith Jr.
    Dwight Moody

    Before the Euro, Germany had artists on the Mark. It was such a nice change from the normal group of elected egomaniacs. Illinois is rich in it’s history, we don’t need politicians on our money.

  18. - Anonymous - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 11:35 am:

    Aren’t we missing the obvious here? John Boyle gets dibs on the quarter.

  19. - Irving Park Plaza - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 11:37 am:

    Who needs coins and currency? Illinois could just issue an I-Pass for everyone with a picture of Blago on the front and “Testicular Verility” etched on the back.

  20. - Coloradem - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 11:53 am:

    Sen. Paul Simon should absoluteley be among the first honored.

  21. - Scott Cisek - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 11:59 am:

    I am surprised that nobody suggested one of my heros: A. E. Stevenson.

  22. - ken dunkin - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 12:04 pm:

    ken dunkin

  23. - YNM - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 12:20 pm:

    wumpus … instead, let’s make the quarter worth 27 cents and then put keyes on it.

  24. - first time poster - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 12:48 pm:

    Paul Simon
    Daley Sr.
    Ronald Reagan
    Hugh Hefner

  25. - Carl Nyberg - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 12:59 pm:

    DuSable, Mother Jones, Haymarket Martyrs…

    Prairie Style architecture, Chicago Fire,

  26. - SenorAnon. - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 1:27 pm:

    Hey Statehouse Reporter…Mike Royko contacted me from beyond the grave. He’s insisted you change your handle to Statehouse Plagarizer.

  27. - Establishment Republican - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 1:42 pm:

    Lincoln, Reagan, U.S. Grant, Hastert, Dirksen, Kustra, Cheryl Axley, Dick Kay Snodgrass, Lee Arthur Smith, Ryne Sandberg, Reagan again, and a special coin to commemorate all the Bulls’ titles in the ‘90s.

  28. - scoot - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 1:44 pm:

    Jim Thompson or Jim Edgar

  29. - Tweed - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 1:45 pm:

    I guess Lincoln is either too obvious, not funny, or disqualified because he’s already on the $5 and the penny.

  30. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 2:03 pm:

    $100 - Abe Lincoln (Illinois’ best-known trial lawyer)
    $50 - Frank Lloyd Wright (America’s greatest architect)
    $20 - Jean Baptiste Point du Sable (founder of America’s greatest city)
    $10 - Mother Jones (the heart of the Labor movement)
    $5 - The Blues Brothers
    $1 - Wild Bill Hickok (Dollar Bill, get it?)
    $1 coin - Rachel Welch (So long, Susan B., Hello!)
    .50 - Kanye West ( in your face, 50 cent)
    .25 - Enrico Fermi
    .10 - Ernest Hemmingway
    .05 - Chief Black Hawk
    .01 - eliminate it.

  31. - cermak_rd - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 2:10 pm:

    Anton Cermak, Edward Coles, Amos Throop, Abraham Lincoln, Jane Addams, the Great Migration. I’d also agree on the Haymarket martyrs.

  32. - Establishment Republican - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 2:30 pm:

    How about former State Rep. Penny Pullen on the penny?

  33. - The Broken Heart of Rogers Park - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 2:46 pm:

    The John Stroger $30,000,000 bill

  34. - anon - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 3:45 pm:

    tim johnson !!!! on a 5 or a 10

  35. - Walking Wounded - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 4:14 pm:

    Why not a tribute to some of our homegrown comedians-Jack Benny, Sam Kinnison, Richard Pryor. And don’t forget as the State slogan
    “Pay to Play”.

  36. - Papa Legba - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 7:32 pm:

    Great question. I’m not sure who or what we would put on the money, but I’m sure all currency will get one change. Instead of “In God we trust” it will be made to read “In Rod we trust.”

    It will only be usable in Illnois by the way. To help balance the budget.

  37. - Lloyd Dobbler - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 11:53 pm:

    In the tradition of Illinois… the money rights should be sold to the highest bidder!

  38. - Lloyd Dobbler - Thursday, Mar 30, 06 @ 11:55 pm:

    But politicians should be: Lincoln, Adlai and Paul Simon.

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