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Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013

* Um, OK

The top Illinois House Republican is urging creation of a new coin to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death in 2015.

House Republican Leader Tom Cross of Oswego has introduced a resolution urging the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee to study the issue and make a recommendation to the U.S. Treasury.

Cross’ resolution asks that the coin be minted in time for circulation during April and May of 2015. Those months mark the 150th anniversary of the journey of Lincoln’s funeral train from Washington, D.C., to Springfield.

Well, I guess that is more important than a recently introduced Speaker Madigan resolution

Congratulates Rob Dwyer on the occasion of his retirement as executive director of the Quincy Society of Fine Arts.

Somehow, I sense the deft hand of our Golden Horseshoe Insider award winner there.

* Illinois and Missouri disagreed over what to name a new Mississippi River bridge, so Congress stepped in and took charge. Yeah, hard to believe Congress could take charge of anything, but it did

The U.S. House approved a compromise Tuesday that would name the span the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.

Missouri lawmakers had sought to name it after Musial, the late Cardinals baseball great. Their Illinois counterparts had wanted to name it after military veterans.

The resolution now heads to the U.S. Senate.

* Back to the Illinois General Assembly

Illinois legislators recently passed a bill that will affect food service manager training and examinations.

If you are a food service sanitation manager or a trainer in Illinois, here is how this will affect you:

    - The number of training hours required by the Department of Public Health will be reduced from 15 to 8
    - Illinois will cease using its own state food safety exam and will recognize exams accredited under standards established by the Conference for Food Protection

* And, finally, I never would’ve expected this

Former 56th District state Rep. Paul Froehlich and his wife Marilyn — herself a former Schaumburg Township District Library trustee — have sold their Schaumburg home and retired to Panama.

The couple have temporarily moved into a condominium while awaiting completion of their new home in a small development catering to American and Canadian expatriates, according to friend and former Schaumburg trustee Pat Riley.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

26 Comments
  1. - Been There - Wednesday, Jun 26, 13 @ 12:55 pm:

    ===And, finally, I never would’ve expected this…===
    From International Living Magazine about Panama
    “If you buy or build a new house, you won’t pay property taxes for up to 20 years, nor will you pay taxes on foreign-earned income”

    Just saying…


  2. - Formerly Known As... - Wednesday, Jun 26, 13 @ 12:56 pm:

    Froehlich - first he switches parties, now he switches countries?

    What’s this world coming to? j/k


  3. - CalltheMovers - Wednesday, Jun 26, 13 @ 12:57 pm:

    If you think Panama is bad, just visit Schaumburg.

    You’ll be on the next PACE bus outta town, just like this pension-loving ex rep.


  4. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Jun 26, 13 @ 1:04 pm:

    Yeah, we’re runnin’ a little bit hot tonight.
    I can barely see the road from the heat comin’ off, you know what I’m sayin’?
    I reach down between my legs and ease the seat back.


  5. - Anon. - Wednesday, Jun 26, 13 @ 1:24 pm:

    Musial was a veteran. Problem solved.


  6. - Joe M - Wednesday, Jun 26, 13 @ 1:30 pm:

    A new Lincoln one dollar coin was minted and released on November 18, 2010.

    And we have already had the following Lincoln pennies:
    Lincoln Wheat (1909–1958)
    Lincoln Memorial (1959–2008)
    Lincoln Bicentennial 4 reverse designs (2009)
    Lincoln Union Shield[13] (2010–Present)

    Not sure we need another Lincoln coin so soon.


  7. - Mouthy - Wednesday, Jun 26, 13 @ 1:31 pm:

    Well at least in Panama you don’t have to worry about groundhogs seeing their shadow…


  8. - too obvious - Wednesday, Jun 26, 13 @ 1:35 pm:

    We honor a person’s life not murder date. Dope.


  9. - Allen Skillicorn - Wednesday, Jun 26, 13 @ 1:36 pm:

    He’d look good wearing a searsucker suit. I assume his $ will go a lot farther down there.


  10. - Joe M - Wednesday, Jun 26, 13 @ 1:37 pm:

    But I would rather have Tom Cross working on penny designs than have him working on pensions. That SB 512 he introduced a few years ago with the Commercial Club of Chicago was a doosey. Employees in SURS would have seen their paycheck contributions go from 8 to 17%.


  11. - Huh? - Wednesday, Jun 26, 13 @ 1:46 pm:

    “Well at least in Panama you don’t have to worry about groundhogs seeing their shadow… ”

    Just hurricanes.


  12. - Michelle Flaherty - Wednesday, Jun 26, 13 @ 1:48 pm:

    I’d like to favorite 47th Ward.


  13. - Give Me A Break - Wednesday, Jun 26, 13 @ 1:49 pm:

    I’m thinking Sen. Brady should lead the charge on this, naturally all pennys would be worth 10% less than currently.


  14. - Vote Quimby! - Wednesday, Jun 26, 13 @ 2:03 pm:

    It makes more sense to rename the Poplar Street Bridge (Its official name is Dickmann Bridge) after Musial since it leads to the new Busch Stadium. Just sayin’…


  15. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Jun 26, 13 @ 2:07 pm:

    47th ward- great catch, but now I have David Lee stuck in my head ;-)


  16. - Roadiepig - Wednesday, Jun 26, 13 @ 2:07 pm:

    Oops- anon at 2:07 was me. New computer…


  17. - Anon. - Wednesday, Jun 26, 13 @ 3:12 pm:

    ==We honor a person’s life not murder date.==

    Catholics traditionally honor martyrs on their date of death.


  18. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Jun 26, 13 @ 3:15 pm:

    – The U.S. House approved a compromise Tuesday that would name the span the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.

    Missouri lawmakers had sought to name it after Musial, the late Cardinals baseball great. Their Illinois counterparts had wanted to name it after military veterans.–

    Who would have thought such a wise bipartisan compromise could emerge from the U.S. House? I’m stunned; there’s hope for The Republic yet.

    Do you think it can muster 60 votes for cloture in the Senate? Don’t anyone tell Ted Cruz that the Cards beat the Rangers in the Series a couple of years ago.


  19. - Chicago Cynic - Wednesday, Jun 26, 13 @ 4:10 pm:

    Unfortunately, that crappy Van Halen song was the first thing I thought of when I saw this. But I can’t say I remember any lyrics…unlike 47. Wow dude, “Panama”, really??? Hate to know what other Van Halen lyrics you know.


  20. - Johnny Justice - Wednesday, Jun 26, 13 @ 4:46 pm:

    Many pols have switched parties, but Paul Froehlich is the only one to have been elected to the IL House from both parties. What greater vote of confidence is there? Paul’s constituents elected & reelected him because of what Paul did for them and our State, not because he was a D or R! Cross was gunning for him when he switched to a D, but Paul’s voters stood by him. Ronald Reagan, Fred Crespo, Kathleen Willis, Julie Morrison, Mark Curran & many other pols switched parties, but few have taken the grief Paul has for doing so. CONGRATS TO PAUL & MARILYN…most of us would like to do what they’re doing!


  21. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Jun 26, 13 @ 5:05 pm:

    CC, you’re just jealous. Van Halen filmed the video for Panama at the old Chicago stadium in 1984. And yeah, I was there.

    Panama, Panama-haw-haw.


  22. - Mouthy - Wednesday, Jun 26, 13 @ 6:59 pm:

    @- Huh? - Wednesday, Jun 26, 13 @ 1:46 pm:

    Why There Are Never Any Hurricanes in Panama?
    All hurricanes originating off the coast of Africa are moved by prevailing winds and steering currents westward and northward. A few brush the northern coast and islands of South America along 11 degrees latitude north of the Equator. But Panama is ‘tucked away’ at 9 degrees latitude below the reach of hurricanes. The same holds true of all hurricanes spawning in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.


  23. - Mouthy - Wednesday, Jun 26, 13 @ 7:01 pm:

    I plucked the previous hurricane statement from a weather site. Forgot to note that.


  24. - Capitol View - Wednesday, Jun 26, 13 @ 7:51 pm:

    more nonsense that has no state fiscal impact. Sad excuse for a General Assembly.

    Modernize your revenues, so meaningful topics can be addressed!


  25. - Judgment Day - Wednesday, Jun 26, 13 @ 8:00 pm:

    “Illinois legislators recently passed a bill that will affect food service manager training and examinations.

    If you are a food service sanitation manager or a trainer in Illinois, here is how this will affect you:

    - The number of training hours required by the Department of Public Health will be reduced from 15 to 8
    - Illinois will cease using its own state food safety exam and will recognize exams accredited under standards established by the Conference for Food Protection”

    That will work out well - not. We’ve already got IDPH cutting back the Local Health Protection Grant money that local health departments use to fund their food safety education and food safety inspection programs, so now the solution to having less money at the local level is ‘Let’s change the laws to ensure the people handling all the potentially hazardous food be less educated’.

    Yeah, that will work.

    Just had (correction, have) a case in Lombard (DuPage County) where there are as many as 17 cases of E. coli (See http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2013/06/17-suspected-e-coli-cases-in-illinois-mexican-restaurant-outbreak/#.UcuKgthq_lw), but ‘no problem’.

    IMO, every place handling potentially hazardous foods should be required to post in a public location at their facility a full copy of the last 3 consecutive food safety inspections, including all notes (including any and all violation notes).

    “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants”. Louis Brandeis, 1913, as part of a series of articles for Harper’s Weekly.


  26. - Tim Elenz - Thursday, Jun 27, 13 @ 10:01 am:

    I say congratulations to Paul and Marilyn. I have live in Schaumburg Township for over 15 years and I have heard nothing but praise for the Froehlich’s work within the community. I can tell you that the community admires them and the election results show it. Are elected officials suppose to represent their constituents or represent the party leaders?

    Paul and Marilyn Froehlich put the people of our community first.


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