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Friday, May 31, 2013

* House Speaker Michael Madigan and his spokesman Steve Brown look up at the big board during a floor vote…

Photo taken by my intern Andrew Niebur.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

59 Comments
  1. - RNUG - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 8:30 pm:

    Uh oh … this isn’t looking good


  2. - Lt Guv - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 8:34 pm:

    I told you this would happen if we didn’t distribute their medication.


  3. - CrookCounty60827 - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 8:35 pm:

    Mike: Did we win?
    Brown: Well…maybe.


  4. - 47th Ward - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 8:36 pm:

    Not a caption, but the severe weather that hit Oklahoma again today is making its way to Illinois. Keep an eye out for local forecasts and be ready for some more wild weather Springfield. Everybody be safe.


  5. - The End Is Near - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 8:36 pm:

    “Steve, get me an apple and a sharp knife. On second thought, just get me a sharp knife.”


  6. - Norseman - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 8:39 pm:

    Steve, did you get the names of those I have to take to the wood shed.


  7. - Happy Returns - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 8:40 pm:

    Did JJ Abrams take this photo? The lens flare is spectacular!


  8. - North Man - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 8:55 pm:

    I heard the Sun-Times laid off all their photographers.


  9. - Small Town Taxpayer - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 8:56 pm:

    What is the tally on the cost of this session for the people of Illinois? I know it’s high but how high?


  10. - Cheswick - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 8:57 pm:

    Madigan and Brown look to heaven, but nothing happens.


  11. - Jimbo - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 8:57 pm:

    Who counted these? We didn’t outsource to Votecountula did we?


  12. - Madison - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 8:59 pm:

    Its a bird! No, a plane! its Cullertonman!


  13. - Jimbo - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 8:59 pm:

    Steve you look pensive. I on the other hand know all things.


  14. - ANiebur - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 9:01 pm:

    I must say, that is a damn nice photo.


  15. - wordslinger - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 9:05 pm:

    Brown: “Seriously, Mike, do you need another sign SB1 won’t pass?”

    MJM: “Who knew He had a pension?”


  16. - Farker - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 9:09 pm:

    From the Gallery

    Hey Mike, Steve, told you I’d kill your bill.


  17. - Just The Way It Is One - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 9:09 pm:

    Mental telepathic communication passing between the two as Madigan ruminates–”That’s RIGHT, Steve; the POWer, that Sweet, unbounded POWER, is OURS in this Place, hmmm–and as OPPOSED to what JAGger says in HIS version of the Song, whenever I look up at that Big Board, that Big Beautiful Board on something that REAlly matters to you ‘n me, pal…(then Brown chimes in): “…I know Boss–we CAN ALways get what WE want…and when we try ALL the time…we SURE DO get what we NEED-ha ha ha!!! Madigan, “OH yeah..like ya just read my thoughts, Steve, like you ALways do so accurately, that’s right, Steve…that’s right–we DO always get what we want….” (!)


  18. - Madison - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 9:10 pm:

    #%~* the bad luck Steve!
    Next year lets do that casino thing instead.
    Maybe if we play are cards right, (pun intended) those LGBT lobbyists will sponsor our trip! We’ll invite Rahm, it’ll be fun.


  19. - ILPundit - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 9:14 pm:

    “I used to be better at this. Didn’t I?”


  20. - DoubleD - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 9:17 pm:

    Did someone misinform those guys they can actually vote?…Well its time to bring back the paperclips to do our voting.


  21. - RNUG - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 9:18 pm:

    wordslinger @ 9:05 pm:

    great line!


  22. - Just Me - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 9:22 pm:

    How many adjournment speeches are we going to have where there is a promise to fix pensions right away?


  23. - Norseman - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 9:23 pm:

    Who said may lightning strike me if I’m not telling the truth!


  24. - Oswego Willy - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 9:24 pm:

    “On the question of HB9999, the State Funded Apple Orchard, there are 71 voting ‘Yes’, 47 voting ‘No’, and the Bill, receiving a Constitutional Majority is declared ‘Passed’ …”


  25. - Oswego Willy - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 9:28 pm:

    “We only need 60 to stay in the Majority, …start making a list …”


  26. - Quizzical - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 9:29 pm:

    Remember Brownie, look away from the lights. The protocol that controls the mushrooms is embedded in those lights. If we were to look into them, I’d become just another sad, overstressed pawn on the chessboard, and you’d be the spokesman for another sad, overstressed pawn on the chessboard.


  27. - Oswego Willy - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 9:30 pm:

    “Green is Good, Red is Bad …”


  28. - Oswego Willy - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 9:32 pm:

    “Who the heck is that ‘yellow’?”


  29. - downstate commissioner - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 9:33 pm:

    “Cullerton really thinks he is going to take over with THIS bill?


  30. - Oswego Willy - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 9:33 pm:

    “Franks, why did it have to be Franks …”


  31. - foster brooks - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 9:34 pm:

    we’re gonna need a bigger boat


  32. - Oswego Willy - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 9:34 pm:

    “97, 98, Ninety-Niiiiiiiiine ….Dunkin!”


  33. - Oswego Willy - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 9:39 pm:

    “On the question of HB9998, the ‘Anti-Former Federal Prosecutor Candidate Act’, there are 117 voting ‘Yes’, 1 voting ‘No’, and the Bill, receiving a Constitutional Majority is declared ‘Passed’ …”


  34. - RNUG - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 9:42 pm:

    Think some Jim Steinman lyrics are appropriate:

    And all the morons and all the stooges with their coins
    They’re the ones who make the rules,
    It’s not a game, it’s just a rout

    It’s all or nothing, and nothing’s all I ever get
    Everytime I turn it on, I burn it up and burn it out

    It’s a never ending attack,
    Everything’s a lie and that’s a fact
    Life is a lemon and I want my money back


  35. - Nearly Normal - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 9:47 pm:

    Are you watching the clock? Steve! I told you I was gonna win the end of session pool!


  36. - Steve - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 9:56 pm:

    “Steve, can give the board contract to one of our contributors?”


  37. - FormerParatrooper - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 10:00 pm:

    We passed what!?


  38. - Product of the 60's - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 10:01 pm:

    “Oh look Mike, they took Senate Burger 1 off the 99 cent menu.”


  39. - ten96lt - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 10:05 pm:

    Uh oh, I can’t remember, did I bet the #2 or #3 horse?


  40. - AFSCME Steward - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 10:17 pm:

    Look Steve,light rays from heaven. God knows who’s still the big kahuna.


  41. - RNUG - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 10:52 pm:

    Rich,

    Not that I really care one way or the other but ..

    Did I forget to hit post on the Steinman lyrics extract or did you delete them?


  42. - Independent - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 10:53 pm:

    Well, at least DePaul got a publicly funded stadium, and we’re moving toward a completely unnecessary airport at Peotone, so let’s call this a win.


  43. - Chicago Cynic - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 10:58 pm:

    “Which part of ‘punch the green button’ did Monique not understand?!”


  44. - RNUG - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 11:18 pm:

    Rich, forget that question. Must have been delayed or I just missed seeing them. Grandson really wore me out today.


  45. - Bluefish - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 11:29 pm:

    Release the hounds.


  46. - One to the Dome - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 11:30 pm:

    Maybe they are not so tired as you thought Mike


  47. - Dinosaur - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 11:40 pm:

    Forget the pennies from heaven; we need billions.


  48. - Phocion - Saturday, Jun 1, 13 @ 6:42 am:

    “Um, Mr. Speaker. I believe Indiana Jones advised us keep our eyes shut.”


  49. - Steve Brown - Saturday, Jun 1, 13 @ 6:53 am:

    Always good when ewe can help Capt Fax and his flock add to the festivities


  50. - anon sequitor - Saturday, Jun 1, 13 @ 8:51 am:

    Oh well, another day, another session.
    Is our table ready at Saputo’s?


  51. - Anonymous - Saturday, Jun 1, 13 @ 9:45 am:

    “Heck of a job, Brownie.”


  52. - I'm Strapped - Saturday, Jun 1, 13 @ 9:46 am:

    This isn’t being simulcast on Times Square is it?


  53. - I'm Strapped - Saturday, Jun 1, 13 @ 9:52 am:

    @Anonymous at 9:45- Yours is the clear WINNER!LOL


  54. - JustMe_JMO - Saturday, Jun 1, 13 @ 9:58 am:

    Hmmm is that a Blue Bird of Paradise flying around?


  55. - Dirty Red - Saturday, Jun 1, 13 @ 11:01 am:

    “I would sky point, but glaring has always been more of my thing.”

    “I have nothing to say.”

    “Look at the time. I hope they are still holding my table.”
    “Mike, I’m confident they haven’t forgotten you are coming.”
    “No. I do not mean figuratively holding it.”


  56. - danlinn - Saturday, Jun 1, 13 @ 1:11 pm:

    Brown: under his breath “I hate it when the speaker hums the tune to Ellie Goulding’s Lights.”

    MJM: “. . . . . You show the lights that stop me turn to stone You shine it when I’m alone And so I tell myself that I’ll be strong And dreaming when they’re gone

    ‘Cause they’re calling, calling, calling me home
    Calling, calling, calling home
    You show the lights that stop me turn to stone
    You shine it when I’m alone home . . . . “


  57. - walkinfool - Saturday, Jun 1, 13 @ 1:14 pm:

    Steve: Surprized?

    Mike: No


  58. - Barry - Saturday, Jun 1, 13 @ 1:23 pm:

    I owe you a dollar Mortimer


  59. - Boat Captain - Saturday, Jun 1, 13 @ 3:11 pm:

    Steve-they need to lower the board next session, I am getting a kink in my neck.


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