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Friday, Jan 29, 2010

* Not feeling well this morning, but trying to soldier through. So, while I get my act together, let’s do a question based on the fact that today is the one-year anniversary of Rod Blagojevich being removed from office…

* The Question: Outside of his arrest, removal and possible conviction - and all the hooplah surrounding it - what will Blagojevich’s legacy be in Illinois?

…Adding… No snark, please. Try to take this seriously.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

71 Comments
  1. - Ravenswood Right Winger - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:24 am:

    He campaigned on a promise that he would not raise the income tax, correct? If so, credit to him for sticking with that.


  2. - dave - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:25 am:

    Expanding healthcare.


  3. - Anonymous - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:26 am:

    Gone but refuses to be forgotten


  4. - Levois - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:27 am:

    His legacy will be negative. Corruption, chaos, and stagnation in state government.


  5. - siriusly - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:28 am:

    forsee

    not foress

    “Everything is happening as I have forseen it”


  6. - Levois - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:28 am:

    Excuse me! I wanted to state gridlock as opposed to stagnation. Stagnation wasn’t the best work to use in talking about state government under Blago….err Ousted governor.


  7. - Old Shephered - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:28 am:

    He helped to make Illinois a national leader in early childhood education.


  8. - Knome Sane - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:30 am:

    I often think about the time of Paul Powell. When he dies, they find $800k in shoe boxes from the time he was Sec. of State.

    I think about how even in death, a man can leave such a stain on our reputation. This is the case of Rod Blagojevich. He blusters about how he is a man of the people, but in the end, he was nothing but bluster….an empty suit…who was such a meglomaniac that he convinced himself that his illegal ways we for the people and not to satisfy his delusions of grandeur.

    To sum up, his administration will be the darkest days in our history, far more than George Ryan, Paul Powell or Hinky Dink Kenna!


  9. - Steve - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:30 am:

    Blago has put a smiley face on Illinois corruption. He has made Illinois corruption very famous in the internet era. Blago really does represent what Illinois voters will tolerate.


  10. - South Side Mike - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:32 am:

    His legacy will be total fiscal ineptitude during a boom period that ultimately resulted in Illinois severely cutting basic services and increasing income taxes. In addition, Blago will stand out for his isolation from his fellow Democrats, and not because of his populist stands.


  11. - E Pluribus - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:33 am:

    He will have no positve legacy. Even the positive things he tried to do are now known to have been done in a slipshod and financially disasterous manner. Not only did every good thing he did dig us deeper in a financial hole we can’t get out of, it appears his primary motivation was always his own political benefit.

    He has no legacy other than the abject embarassment he has caused our state and his own exposure as a crass and fundamentally corrupt individual.


  12. - tubbfan - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:33 am:

    Any real accomplishments he may have been responsible in office for will be overshadowed by his indictment and subsequent removal from said office. Because of the removal from office, he will always be at the top of the list of corrupt public officials in a State with a long history of corrupt public officials.


  13. - Esteban - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:36 am:

    He is a good example of the “down side”
    to demcracy.


  14. - Phineas J. Whoopee - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:36 am:

    On a positive side, he has open road tolling and kid care.

    On a negative side, he perfected the sale of government and set the standard of $25 grand for the fix to be in.

    On a personal side, I believe he caused the death of Chris Kelly.


  15. - Coach - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:36 am:

    Even by standards of Illinois politics, where our proud mantra is “Get in, get yours, and get out,” Blagojevich is quite possibly the most self-absorbed, narcissistic and delusional person ever to enter this business.


  16. - Scooby - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:37 am:

    Open road tolling. Eventually that federal government will do something on health care that will supercede individual state reforms, but 20 years from now people will still tell their kids stories about all the time they used to spend waiting in line at toll booths.


  17. - Scooby - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:39 am:

    Phineas that is stupid and disgusting.


  18. - Independent - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:39 am:

    Along with the legislature failing to implement solutions to reduce the pension burden to a manageable level.


  19. - OdysseusVL - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:39 am:

    His legacy will be serious damage to our state, due to his failure to work with the State House and State Senate to get things done. As the national economy started to go bad, we needed both leadership, and as part of it, a willingness to negotiate to get the job done at the state level and he failed to provide it.


  20. - Old Shephered - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:40 am:

    I misread the question. While expanding early childhood is one of the good things that Blago did, it certainly won’t be his legacy. His legacy will be a joke. A sad, sad joke. His actions, combined with the actions of many others in state government, has made many people who want to believe in and participate in the democratic process–including me–lose faith in their state government.


  21. - Pelon - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:40 am:

    Outside of his corruption, he will be most known for accelerating the fiscal meltdown through a refusal to raise taxes while at the same time expanding government spending.


  22. - Obamarama - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:40 am:

    A positive contribution would be open road tolling. I have to admit it is pretty awesome and makes a world of difference on I-88. Let’s see… fundraising and haircare as well.


  23. - E Pluribus - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:41 am:

    Open road tolling was designed and well into the planning phase under Ryan. Some sites were even under construction. The idea was not Blago’s. He simply implemented something that was in the pipeline previously. He did, however, try to make it all about him, to the point where even political junkies here fell for his self-aggrandizing scam.


  24. - Old Milwaukee - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:41 am:

    A Governor, so inept as a leader, an administrator and as a person that his sincere desire to help Illinois ended up hurting Illinois severely.


  25. - OdysseusVL - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:43 am:

    One more thing — he also dramatically added to the perception of Illinois, and people in it, as corrupt.

    I don’t think many outside the political sphere understand the full implications and the impact on business. Because of him, there are national companies with local offices in Chicago that look with suspicion on the people in the Chicago office, assuming that the results of the Chicago office are tainted by corruption.

    Because of Blago, there is a perception that anybody from Chicago must be corrupt, and people from Chicago have the burden of proving othewise.


  26. - Will County Woman - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:47 am:

    Blago’s legacy? I hope some historian will study the REAL issues surrounding his impeachment and ouster from office. I think history will rightly judge that the Illinois General Assembly erred grossly in conducting the first-ever impeachment/removal of a sitting governor.

    I therefore think that Blago’s legacy will be an example for all other state’s to proceed with caution and CAREFUL deliberation on impeachments and removals. I think we’ve seen that in South Carolina when the state legislature weighing its options and considering the fact that it had a fool in the lt. guv’s office wisely decided to censure governor Sandford, who is term-limiting out anyway, rather than impeach and remove him and run the risk of elevating the lt. guv to governor.

    Also, as a legacy for Illinoisans, I hope we get rid of the silly notion of recall, as put forth by pat quinn. recall is a convuluted means by which to do what a two term-limit rule can do much better and more effectively. While Quinn likes to tout recall, he always neglects to mention what all is required in order for it to actually work. Besides, I’m guessing the people of California wish they’d never heard of recall.


  27. - VanillaMan - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:48 am:

    Outside of his arrest, removal and possible conviction - and all the hooplah surrounding it - what will Blagojevich’s legacy be in Illinois?

    That he was the first Democratic governor in Illinois after 26 years of GOP governors.

    He was the first governor of Serbian descent.

    He was the first governor to not live in the Governor’s Mansion in over a century.

    He ran against Springfield’s “business as usual”, as an outsider, and as an agent of change.

    He was an anti-tax Democratic governor.

    He was perpetually late and relished his celebrity, even after being removed from office.

    With a history of self-serving men serving Illinois as a governor, Blagojevich ranks as it’s most self-centered, self-serving, arrogant and petty. Blagojevich felt an inner need to seek revenge in the name of the powerless against those they elect. Blagojevich had an inferiority complex that was wrapped inside a charming, chatty bravado, causing him to feel a need to continually counter those he felt in opposition to, while seeking any means to enrich himself materially and financially.

    He was not a leader. He was a defender. During his years in office, Blagojevich ingeniously reflected events around him in a way to enhance his political position without work. He was a lazy governor who sought every chance to short-cut processes and precedents in order to reach a personal goal. His personal success in finding an easy solution to the political challenges of his life, led him to believe that he could reach political goals for the politically powerless. Rod Blagojevich saw himself as the lazy Moses, blessed with a gift of charm and an ability to shortcut the status quo.

    Rod Blagojevich knew the frustration of being locked out in a world of unlocked doors. His ability to pick the locks on those doors guided him during his political career, and led to his own personal downfall.


  28. - wordslinger - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:50 am:

    I can’t get past corruption and removal. That trumps everything else.


  29. - Secret Square - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:51 am:

    Blago’s most lasting, ahem, legacy will be sweeping the state’s financial situation under the rug until it got out of control. We didn’t know how dire the deficit really was until after he left office — because his budgeteers wouldn’t tell anyone. Only Dan Hynes had any idea and even he couldn’t get a straight answer from Blago’s people.

    I still believe that one of the reasons Blago didn’t want to be governor anymore (as he stated in several of the federally wiretapped conversations) was that he knew the “stuff” was about to hit the fan with regard to the budget, that his usual tricks wouldn’t work any more, and he wanted to bail out before that happened.


  30. - Angry Chicagoan - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:52 am:

    Bankrupting the state; creating a permanent political culture of distrust; accelerating the trend from government by cooperation to government by press release.


  31. - HUH - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:53 am:

    Childrens Healthcare for all


  32. - Stones - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:56 am:

    His legacy will be similar to Dan Walker’s - a guy who couldn’t work with the legislature to get things done. He’ll probably also do some time although Walker’s time was not related to his work as Governor.


  33. - You Go Boy - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:56 am:

    There may have been equally corrupt governors, which is a subjective judgement, but none quite so arrogant/stupid to flash his disregard and affinity toward gangsterism in our face. On a scale from one to ten, he truly was a zero.


  34. - lake county democrat - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:58 am:

    First, it depends on the trial outcome: I think he’s 99.5% likely to be found guilty, but crazier things have happened in court.

    Presuming such a conviction, his chief legacy sadly will be one of clown — the antics will outlive the corruption (heck, we’ve had that several times over). Residual legacy: financial mess, some good health care initiatives.

    And who knows, since Clifford Kelly can do pretty much the same thing and become a respected radio talk show host, maybe Blago can do the same.

    Rich: fwiw, I think zinc lozenges (Cold Season Plus being the best) work if you take them early in a cold — sci evidence is mixed but some studies show effectiveness, one theory is they keep the virus from reproducing. Some other studies show chicken soup a more effective hot liquid than others. My mom always wanted us to have an egg for bf when we were sick in case there was some trace nutrient we were in need of (apparently nearly everything is in an egg). And of course the best part of having a cold: Nyquil, but not until you turn the comments off for the weekend.


  35. - Pot calling kettle - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 10:59 am:

    I would hope that people will look a little more closely before they vote.

    His summer “What was she thinking” campaign against JBT was an excellent example of how a candidate can be taken out by mocking them. There was little substance in that summer’s ad blitz, but it soured even many solid R’s on Topinka. To this day, many Republican’s retain a vague discomfort with JBT and it is there, in part, due to that summer-long drumbeat of mockery. We can still picture her on that stage with George Ryan, bobbing her head. How many people remember where she stood on the issues?


  36. - Will County Woman - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 11:00 am:

    “We didn’t know how dire the deficit really was until after he left office — because his budgeteers wouldn’t tell anyone.”
    sweeping things under the carpet…
    I think this is true of Mayor Daley too, and has been for a long time. That’s what made not getting the 2016 Olympics such a serious blow for him.

    i agree that Dan Hynes’ position afforded him to see/know what then-lt. guv Quinn, and many others, of course didn’t. much like blago and daley, quinn has engaged in some sweeping things under the carpet too, and that’s why he so keen on borrowing, borrowing, borrowing. and his campaigning for guv all year long has a lot to do with this as well.


  37. - Macbeth - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 11:00 am:

    I’m one of the “common people” Blagojevich purportedly fought for. And as a common person, my response is: well, he didn’t fix the budget. And he did a lot of shameless pandering to politically important groups.

    But he didn’t fix anything structural within government as far as I can see. He didn’t raise my taxes — but that’s not a good thing. That’s a bad thing — and it’s put us squarely in the mess we’re in know.

    I’m one of the folks who want my taxes raised so the state can start to get itself in better shape. But Blagojevich wouldn’t take my money.

    I hope he enjoys his time off and his eventual incarceration.

    *shrug*

    PS — His stint on the ‘Apprentice’ isn’t going to do him any favors. The only favors he got were from the media people who were so taken by his odd charm that they gave him free pass after free pass. Once again, it looks like it’s gonna take a humorless juridical power structure to shut him down.


  38. - ivoted4judy - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 11:01 am:

    I think a conviction and a long sentence will erase any ;legacy of good” that he thought he poured on the public. Long forgotten will be the expanded healthcare that really didnt work, the “I didn’t raise your income tax” B.S., and and let us not forget the gross receipts tax debacle. And Rich; totaly unfair to say we cant be snarly when it deal with this buffon.


  39. - Jake from Elwood - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 11:01 am:

    He is a walking dichotomy on transportation issues. Open road tolling is a positive, the public transportation pandering to seniors a negative.


  40. - Small Town Liberal - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 11:04 am:

    - recall is a convuluted means by which to do what a two term-limit rule can do much better and more effectively. -

    Yeah, a two term limit would have really hurt Blagojevich…

    I agree with OdysseusVL that his legacy will be that gridlock doesn’t work, whether its between members of different parties or the same.


  41. - Irish - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 11:04 am:

    In a state with a history of corruption across both parties and across geographical areas, not just Chicago, Blago will become the poster child. In the future when one googles Illinois corruption his face and story will be atop the leader board. Sadly his story has not changed the way most politicians in this state operate. That will be the most damning legacy of all. That we Illinois voters are so calloused to crookendness and corruption that we continue to elect those who are interested in personal gain only.


  42. - RJW - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 11:07 am:

    I think his impeachment and the activities he engaged in to warrant said impeachment will top the list when determining his legacy. I also think (at least if I were writing history) that part of his legacy should be that one man in a position of power in government does have the ability to completely destroy the workings of that government.


  43. - trafficmatt - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 11:11 am:

    Snark would be fun, but OK.

    I think his legacy will be the re-establishment of the separation of powers between the General Assembly and the Governor’s office. He tried many time to just go around the Legislature, but ultimately was put back in his place. I think this sets up a standard that future Governors will need to remember.


  44. - Responsa - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 11:15 am:

    1. Coming on the heels of the conviction and imprisonment of George Ryan, Blago’s even more egregious transgressions and corruption have now made it impossible for either party in Illinois to claim the high road for probably at least a generation. That is a rather long legacy trail.

    2. Young people who are taught and wanted to believe that candidates run for office because performing elected public service is a noble calling and a selfless act– now because of Blago’s recorded phone calls and his media tours know better. This, I fear will affect the willingness of many otherwise qualified and honest citizens to run for office in Illinois and elsewhere. Again a shameful legacy.


  45. - D.P. Gumby - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 11:15 am:

    Blago has succeeded in making George Ryan look more like a victim than a criminal.


  46. - CircularFiringSquad - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 11:18 am:

    1. Standing up to Madigan by opposing utility rate relief, trying to sprinkle more casino around with bargain license fee and little oversight, pushing sweetheart giveaways of state asset.
    2. Putting millions on the health care rolls with no money to pay for them
    3. Creating the CTA/RTA funding crisis
    4. Proving a confirmed sociopath can “function” in a high visibility position.
    5. Refusing to get a free portrait (but trying to get $50K for a crayon drawing by the children)


  47. - Angry Republican - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 11:30 am:

    Gumby beat me to the punch; my sentiments exactly. I’m not optimistic that Illinois’ budget problems can be solved in a timely manner and suspect that when the state defaults on it’s debt, Blago will get most of the blame.


  48. - Stooges - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 11:31 am:

    The disgraced ex-gov ruined numerous state agencies, to the point that it will be years before they recover and can competently serve the citizens of the state.

    His zest for penalizing the non-union employees of the state by giving annual raises to the union employees and none to the merit comp forced hundreds of talented, experienced and educated employees to leave to work elsewhere. Then he replaced them with politically connected cronies.

    He ruined IDOT, IDNR, Corrections, and they will suffer for his reign for years to come.


  49. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 11:45 am:

    $13 Billion in state debt.

    Perhaps more important in the long term, I think the Office of the Governor is severely weakened, and its ability to push through a legislative agenda.

    Blagojevich’s double-crossing, promise-breaking ways created a mistrust within the General Assembly that will be inherited by future governors. Trust but Verify will be the road forward.


  50. - Once a Mom, Always a Mom - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 11:51 am:

    Sorry to hear that you are not feeling well Rich. You better take a much needed vacation after this election is over!!!!!!!


  51. - Lefty Lefty - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 11:57 am:

    He will be the poster boy for everything that is wrong with Illinois and Chicago politics for years to come, maybe forever. That’s not necessarily a good thing since there are many others in power here that deserve to be called to the carpet. “At least I’m not Blagojevich” will be a campaign strategy, and Illinoisans may continue to fall for it while they try to “get theirs.”

    The system sticks here, and no one with any power has the character or the cajones to change it.


  52. - bored now - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 12:04 pm:

    his downstate strategy to win the democratic nomination…


  53. - Rich Miller - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 12:11 pm:

    ===much needed vacation ===

    I don’t need a vacation. Plus, session starts right away. What I need is a good night’s sleep.


  54. - A Springfield Veteran - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 12:15 pm:

    The legacy of Mr. Blagojevich, that is how his conduct in office will carry on to the future, is of course, yet to finally be determined. His legacy will not influenced by the particular accomplishments or failures of his term in office; the things that are predominent in our minds today. Rather, he will be remembered, 50 years from now, as a governor that was removed for his unacceptable conduct in office. The TV shows, the book, his bizarre antics will fade and he will join that list of other notorious Illinois politicans that were in essence crooks. Whatever the outcome of his trial he will be just one of those dark shadow characters in our history.


  55. - Will County Woman - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 12:16 pm:

    “$13 Billion in state debt.”

    Nice try YDD, but it was $9billion when Quinn started. Try as you partisan democrats might to hang it all on blago, you walk quinn into a general and he absolutely wears the jacket for some, if not all, of it. after all he was blago’s lt. governor and did cheer him on in 2006 saying that Blago was a man of “honesty and integrity.” Dan Hynes did no such thing and therefore is your safer/better bet going into November.


  56. - jake - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 12:25 pm:

    Amazingly, I think practically no legacy at all. As far as I can see, almost everybody is making decisions and acting now as they would have had there been no Blagojevich. Perhaps the campaign finance law, although the problem was that what Blagojevich was doing was against the law under the old law. Perhaps the rise of John Cullerton to the Senate Presidency; i.e., Emil Jones was a Blagojevich ally and Cullerton is as different from Jones as it is possible to be.

    But no deep realignment of the parties or deep change in the way that people do things. Blagojevich was so singularly pathological that he seems irrelevant to how things happen outside of the world that he delusionally created in his own mind.


  57. - really? - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 12:52 pm:

    his hair


  58. - dupage progressive - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 1:02 pm:

    stooges, don’t forget other social services agencies that are in complete chaos - DCFS, DHS, DHFS, others?


  59. - SweetLou - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 1:17 pm:

    More than anything, disappointment. He was supposed to be the shining star that ushered in a new era of progressive democratic dominance in the state (I’m talking candidate Blago circa 2002). Instead, he may end up being the single biggest reason for us losing the Senate seat and the Governor’s mansion for another 20 years.


  60. - Fed Up - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 1:18 pm:

    Some people are put on this earth to serve as examples to others of what not to be. Blago fits that bill nicely.


  61. - Third Generation Chicago Native - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 1:26 pm:

    All Kids Healthcare program.

    Open Road Tolling.

    How someone can keep smiling, staying positve, and optomistic no matter how many reporters and allegations you are dealing with.


  62. - perspective - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 1:49 pm:

    Three things come to mind:
    1) The most progressive healthcare plan for children in the country.

    2) Open road tolling

    3) A little perspective on the Governor’s Office. It’s easy to remember, as many commenters here have today, the circus of Rod Blagojevich and his tenure in office. BUT - what many commenters also observed about the Quinn administration over the past year is that even a guy who is known as a reformer, a gadfly, a guy who doesn’t even himself act like he’s Governor is subject to and an agent in the circus that exists outside Rod Blagojevich. We can only blame Blagojevich for so much. I think his removal from office and part of what I will remember most is how much DIDN’T change in state government.


  63. - zatoichi - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 1:50 pm:

    The disconnect between the campaign image and reality/action later.

    ‘I’m a man fighting for the little guy’ but there better be something substantial on the table for me.

    ‘I’m here to change everything’ and this is going to make me rich.

    ‘I’m not really concerned about the details’ so what’s in it for me.


  64. - 47th Ward - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 2:16 pm:

    Sorry, I know this violates the rules, but I can’t get past it: the impeachment will be his legacy. Even if he doesn’t get convicted, he was impeached and removed from office, and banned for ever holding state office again. That’s all he will be remembered for, and frankly, that’s more than enough.


  65. - dupage dan - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 2:39 pm:

    Blago didn’t create open road tolling. We may have believed that since he put his name on every tollroad (Open Rod tolling). He leaves a legacy of personal narcissism and political corruption that rivals Huey Long, leaving Illinois to sink below Lousiana in the level of corruption.


  66. - Sangamon Sage - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 2:57 pm:

    The former governor, through his appointees, politicized the day to day running of the State of Illinois to a point that it will take years to return to the level of professionalism that existed before he took office (if it ever does return).


  67. - Third Generation Chicago Native - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 3:44 pm:

    DuPage Dan,
    Right Blagojevich did not invent open road tolling, but he greatly expanded it, he also added the cash payer divert off the tollway to some new cash pay area so the IPass users were not slowed down by them. If you have been on the tollroads when this big open road tolling expansion was going on, it was quite a construction nightmare.


  68. - Richard Afflis - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 5:34 pm:

    Very few actual accomplishments of any value. Mostly his legacy is simply using the entire State for his gratification. He loved the applause and when things do not go his way, it is everyone else’s fault.
    Government was not run professionally at all. He brought in people who did not have any business in responsible positions for his political gratification while conscientious professionals were treated with contempt.


  69. - wordslinger - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 5:47 pm:

    Open road tolling? Not exactly reaching for the stars. A few more lanes of incredibly expensive asphalt shaving a couple minutes off the commute for a relatively small group of drivers.


  70. - really? - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 7:44 pm:

    All Kids? Expansion of children’s healthcare? Bullied thru the system illegaly. These programs on the surface sound good but are Illinois’ children any healthier? Maybe his real legacy would be the way he added this to his resume, not the success of the program.


  71. - South of the loop - Friday, Jan 29, 10 @ 9:45 pm:

    Wordslinger

    You haven’t been on the tollways much have you?
    A FEW? Try Rush hour up North, and see how few are really on there as you crawl at a snail’s pace bumper to bumper.


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* Coming to the Gold Coast: a boutique and cafe
* Discover topping credit-card rivals in growth—and bad loans
* What should a corporation value above all else?
* Discover topping credit-card rivals in growth—and bad loans
* United to offer upgraded economy section on some global flights


* Little Village family of slain woman needs us to show up for them
* Actor Bradford Dillman, starred in ‘The Way We Were,’ on Broadway, dies at 87
* 63-year-old man reported missing from Gresham
* LETTERS: To improve special education in CPS, collaborate with parents
* Let Dreamers stay ‘in the only country we’ve ever known’
* Woman hit, killed by vehicle in Dolton
* Fall Out Boy ‘Mania’ to hit Wrigley Field
* Man killed in County Club Hills shooting
* Jeremy Roenick rips NHL fans who are critical of Kid Rock
* Horoscope for Jan. 20, 2018


* Trump, Schumer meet at White House as a divided congress hurtles toward government shutdown
* Woman carjacked at gunpoint while waiting to pick up grandchildren at Portage Park school
* Torture was 'severe, pervasive, prolonged' in house where California parents starved their 13 children
* Elmwood Park woman found dead after a week in snow-covered car; no foul play suspected: police
* Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber to Larry Nassar: I won't live as a victim any longer
* Brian Urlacher likes the Bears' Matt Nagy hire, and, oh yeah, he's a mountain biker now
* Father of Maine South basketball player dies in car crash on way to son's game
* Buyers spend $10 million on historic Winnetka mansion, then apply to demolish it
* Help Squad: Diminished value claim in car-sharing now a legal tangle
* Inmate accused of exposing himself in front of girl at Cook County Jail


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» State Board of Education: Double School Funding Now
» Lawmakers Demand Fast Internet For Rural Schools
» 2 Dreamers Discuss Helping Other Immigrants Amid Uncertainty
» Rauner Spokesman: 'Governor Believes David Duke Is A Racist'
» Rauner Signs Law To Help Women Behind Bars
» A Poor Neighborhood In Chicago Looks To Cuba To Fight Infant Mortality


* Point: Trump's stance gives hope to an Iranian majority that longs for freedom
* Counterpoint: Trump's assertive policies rally Iranian support for the Ayatollahs
* Thumbs Up: To investing in infrastructure
* Eugene Robinson: An administration with no credibility cannot lead
* U of I trustees approve 4th-straight tuition freeze
* Rauner to air extended ad of Pritzker, Blagojevich on wiretap
* Mendoza to keynote Women's March Saturday in Springfield
* Chicago mayor vows to step up Amazon second headquarters bid
* Under the Dome Podcast: More Blago-Pritzker talk, Rauner confirms Duke is racist
* U of I withdrew 35 job offers after background checks


* WHO Radio brings tractor ride to QC
* Family of I-55 crash victim sues trucker, his business, and the construction company
* Noon update: Mostly sunny, American Pickers' 8th season and Linda Cook's instant reactions
* Voters crown North Scott student champ of Best Deer Photo Contest
* Girl hit, pinned underneath car near Moline middle school Friday
* Facebook is changing its news feed. Here's how to keep up with local news
* Vet center grows by leaps, bounds
* Do you favor legalizing marijuana? Then here’s whom to vote for.
* HHS girls win 12 straight, clinch share of MVC
* This Belleville business helps you relive your childhood and meet your sports heroes


* Schaumburg Renaissance lobby, lounge to get $1.1 million renovation
* Latest: Raisman: Nassar taken down by 'army' of survivors
* Color galore in Paris as menswear gets bold
* Sister-in-law's FaceTiming ruins New Year's Eve
* Oak Brook company sells Starbucks-anchored center

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* St. Vincent at the Chicago Theatre, and more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend
* From the archive: What we've learned in the year since the last Women's March
* Durkin attacks Burr Ridge in GOP primary campaign; village board threatens lawsuit
* Chicago makes Amazon cut - but could the city's workforce meet the demands?
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* Ground Breaking for Chicago Public Library Whitney Young Media Center Renovation
* Ahead of Janus, union haters are collecting teacher names.
* Illinois has plenty of other dysfunctional nursing homes Governor Rauner should visit
* Bay Area bassist Lisa Mezzacappa emerges as a dynamic bandleader on two recent albums
* Guitarist Randy Randall on how No Age have adapted to family time—and what their odd new album title means


* Illinois Awarded Funds to Offer Advanced Training on Detecting Impaired Driving
* Illinois EPA Announces Upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
* IEMA Highlights Emergency Preparedness for People with Access and Functional Needs in May - Ready Illinois website offers preparedness tips for people, caregivers
* First Lady Launches Illinois Family Connects
* Governor and Lt. Governor Unveil 2016 Journal of Local Government Shared Service Best Practices

  
* Razer Phone 2 may launch in August alongside Project Linda
* Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of watchOS 4.2.2 to Developers
* [Opinion] Let’s face it: Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro was always doomed in the US
* Hopes for Razer Project Linda, crisis at LG Mobile | #PNWeekly 288 (LIVE at 3p ET)
* New Galaxy S9 hardware details rumored
* OnePlus confirms credit card security breach, up to 40k users ‘may be’ affected
* OnePlus confirms up to 40,000 customers were impacted by credit card hack

* WLS parent company looking to end White Sox radio deal
* Inbox: Who replaces Rodon in the rotation?
* 2018 South Side Sox Hall of Fame Ballot
* With maturity comes lofty expectations for Eloy
* Collins ranked MLB's No. 9 catching prospect
* With maturity comes lofty expectations for Eloy
* Pirates rebuild not met with enthusiasm


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