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Question of the day

Friday, Sep 27, 2013

* Mary Ann Ahern

Thx @GovernorQuinn for stopping by WLS Radio with @John_Kass #lawmakerspay

Kass asked Quinn if lawmakers should be forced to stand in line in public to get their paychecks so the media could photograph them. Quinn laughed and kinda dodged the question.

* Mary Ann’s photo

* The Question: Caption?

Funniest commenter wins a new Statehouse mobile app that will be launched very soon.

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  1. - walkinfool - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 10:35 am:

    “Where are all my little notes to myself?”

  2. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 10:36 am:

    Pat Quinn: “Ladies and gentlemen, we interrupt our program of dance music to bring you a special bulletin from the Intercontinental Radio News. At twenty minutes before eight, central time, Professor Farrell of the Mount Jennings Observatory, Chicago, Illinois, reports observing several explosions of incandescent gas, occurring at regular intervals on the planet Mars. The spectroscope indicates the gas to be hydrogen and moving towards the earth with enormous velocity. Professor Pierson of the Observatory at Princeton confirms Farrell’s observation, and describes the phenomenon as ‘quote’ like a jet of blue flame shot from a gun ‘unquote’. We now return you to the music of Ramón Raquello, playing for you in the Meridian Room of the Park Plaza Hotel, situated in downtown New York…”

  3. - WTF - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 10:37 am:

    Is that the “lucky tie”?

  4. - Re-Pete - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 10:38 am:

    Rejected idea for the Howard Stern Show: Governors Gone Wild.

  5. - 47th Ward - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 10:39 am:

    Mary Ann Ahern tweets a selfie, and if you look closely, you can see her Quinn.

  6. - Ron Burgundy - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 10:41 am:

    “If I have to hear one more word about Greece, beer can chicken or soccer I’m going after this guy’s paycheck next…”

  7. - Living in Machiaville - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 10:41 am:

    The “King’s Speech”?….mmm not so much.

  8. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 10:43 am:

    Pat Quinn: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, this is Drew Pearson. We bring you this special radio-television broadcast to give you the latest information on the landing of the “space ship” in Washington. Government and Defense Departmental officials are concerned by reports of panic in several large Eastern cities. I am authorized to assure you that so far there is no reasonable cause for alarm. The rumors ofinvading armies and mass destruction are based on hysteria and are absolutely false. I repeat — these rumors are absolutely false!

    The ship, designed for travel outside the earth’s atmosphere, landed in Washington today at 3:47 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. We still don’t know
    where it came from, but I can reveal that military leaders are considering two possibilities; that it came from some unfriendly power here on earth — or that it actually arrived from another planet…”

  9. - Robo - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 10:43 am:

    I swear, I just had my veto pen right here. This isn’t funny guys!

  10. - OneMan - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 10:47 am:

    Governor Quinn was 90% of the way through his oral history of Cheap Trick an Illinois Band Fine and True before MaryAnn had the hart to tell him that WLS 890 and stopped playing music many years ago.

  11. - Mr. Jim Lahey - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 10:48 am:

    “Yo man, I ain’t got no snare in my headphones.”

  12. - Downstate Weed Chewing Hick - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 10:50 am:

    Wait a minute. I’m not here to answer your questions. I’m here to do that cinnamon thing again.

  13. - OneMan - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 10:51 am:

    Pat Quinn is disappointed when Mary Ann informs him he can not withhold everyone’s pay at WLS until they re-hire Larry Lujack.

  14. - Jake From Elwood - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 10:51 am:

    The Governor proves he can look just as uneasy behind a radio microphone as he does behind a podium.

  15. - Just Watching - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 10:51 am:

    “Why Yes, I did expect the reaction to be less painful and as productive as my reception at the State Fair in 2012. However, I do strive to exceed my past accomplishments at every opportunity.”

  16. - Anonymous - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 10:52 am:

    “Ladies and gentlemen, it appears that Governor Pat Quinn has actually nodded off during our interview. Apparently, ‘working night and day’ for the good people of Illinois has finally caught up with him.”

  17. - wordslinger - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 10:55 am:

    “The Tribbie edit board and John Kass like me? What have I done?”

  18. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 11:06 am:

    Mary Ann Ahern: Now it’s time… for Pat Quinn’s secret message for you members of the Glorious Leader’s ‘Secret Circle’. Remember, kids, only members of Glorious Leader Pat Quinn’s ‘Secret Circle’ can decode Pat’s secret message.

    Remember, the Glorious Leader is depending… on you.

    Set your pins to B-2.

    Here is the message.

    12. 11. 2. 25. 14. 11. 18.

    16. 23. 3. 25.

    That’s a message from Pat Quinn himself.

    Remember, don’t tell anyone. “

  19. - The DuPage Bard - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 11:06 am:

    Thanks for the invite Mary Ann, this is very exciting for me. I’ve always been told I’ve had a face for radio.

  20. - Old Shepherd - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 11:09 am:

    “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!”

  21. - Ron Burgundy - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 11:11 am:

    To play off Willy’s post above:


    A crummy commercial? Sonofa…

  22. - x ace - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 11:12 am:

    ” Please Governor, keep both hands on the table”

    ” Mr. Kass is just doing his job”

    ” On the table, Governor, hands on the table”

    ” Remain seated ! Sit Down ! Stop Governor ! ”

    ” Security ! Help ! Run John, Run ! Security ! “

  23. - Carl Nyberg - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 11:15 am:

    Should the audience be allowed to vote columnists out of a job? Vote to sack the editorial writers?

    I might buy a Trib subscription for that power.

  24. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 11:22 am:

    h/t to ya - Ron Burgundy -…

    To the Caption,

    Mary Ann Ahern: We’re gonna spin some music while we wait for our next caller, and take a moment to remind everyone listening to make the trip to Springfield for Veto Session. I know a lot of kids would enjoy coming to the Capitol to see a great Pension Solution like Squeezy do his stuff…. also, while we wait for our next caller, we’d like to remind you folks calling in to keep your questions within … the boundaries of good taste.”

  25. - Rolo Tomassi II - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 11:22 am:

    “Mary Ann,Mary Ann, I keep having these terrible terrible nightmares where Dan Rutherford wins the Republican primary and receives AFSCME support in the general election.”

  26. - zatoichi - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 11:28 am:

    Did he just fall asleep?

  27. - zatoichi - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 11:32 am:

    Q: Here is my impression of Fahey Flynn.
    M: What?

  28. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 11:34 am:

    Mary Ann: Governor, your response?

    Pat Quinn: First I plan on appealing, and if that appeal is denied, then I plan on… Baba Booey, Baba Booey …

    Mary Ann: (Takes off headphones, picture) Governor, really?

  29. - Old Shepherd - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 11:34 am:

    “Les Nessman again reminds listeners that he is a five-time recipient of the prestigious ‘Silver Soy’ award.”

  30. - Empty Suit - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 11:39 am:

    The Incredible Shrinking Governor

  31. - OneMan - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 11:41 am:

    As the Governor continued to talk about the early work of Bob Sirrot as well as recreating every single occurrence of Animal Stories he managed to put even himself to asleep

  32. - Amuzing Myself - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 11:41 am:

    Mic on? Good. Now let’s start governing! You got the press release from my office, right? You know…someone once affectionately nicknamed me Soy Boy…

  33. - siriusly - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 11:43 am:

    47 - you have outdone yourself

  34. - siriusly - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 11:45 am:

    “Where is that will of the people? I had it right here . . .”

  35. - A guy... - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 11:49 am:

    Darn, I just got a tweet from my bank. It looks like I got a big deposit whether I want it or not.

  36. - Grandson of Man - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 11:51 am:

    “Read between the lines. I just don’t like paying people.”

  37. - Bluefish - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 11:53 am:

    PQ: I’m appealing.
    MA: Trust me Governor, you’re not appealing at all.

  38. - Arthur Andersen - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 11:54 am:

    “We appear to have lost Governor Quinn due to ah, technical difficulties. Back in a minute with WLS Weather and Traffic!”

  39. - Northsider - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 12:26 pm:

    (PQ takes a deep breath, then speaks): “Of course, John; you are as clever as Royko.”

    But I nominate Old Shepherd @ 11:09 as the front-runner so far.

  40. - Precinct Captain - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 12:29 pm:

    Governor Quinn visits Blowhard City

  41. - Pot calling kettle - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 12:42 pm:

    Governor Quinn brings back “Americana Panorama” by wrapping up his story about working with Speaker Madigan by describing himself as “Tied to the Whipping Post” after which Mary Ann plays the Allman Bros live version of the song. (hint, hint, Rich)

  42. - Pot calling kettle - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 12:44 pm:

    Governor Quinn explains his process of turning the lemonade of his legislative pay veto in to the lemons of lost appeals.

  43. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 1:01 pm:

    “Mary Ann, after the commmercial, I want to grandstand, then go on a Populist tangent, then go into how I gave up my check, and end with something like ‘Do you get paid if you don’t do your job’ kinda zinger… I have my script, so…”

  44. - woodchuck - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 1:08 pm:

    PQ takes a deep breath, concentrates hard, and prepares to do his Jimmy Shorts impersonation, but only remembers the “you’re an idiot” line.

  45. - Ah Ha - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 1:15 pm:

    Wow I didn’t know that crow tasted that good

  46. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 1:19 pm:

    (reading, scratches head, reads again)

    Quinn: John, Mary Ann, yeah, I am not getting a paycheck and I could use some cash I guess, but I keep reading “this” you gave me, it sounds awfully like a commercial, not a public service announcement…”If. you. are. looking. for. a. place. for. lunch. look. no. further. than. the. Greek. Isles. the. Greek. Isles. lunch. as. its. suppose. to. be.”, guys, that is a commercial …

  47. - Exhausted - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 1:27 pm:

    PQ “Now as all of you on the radio can see from my graph, as the State of Illinois taxes..excuse, fee enhances you more and spends more we are actually increasing your income by a 2 to 1 margin. Look here now on the x axis how, because of the Squeeze put on business, they will be able to hire more people creating a larger share of unemployment to be bifurcated into those who used to work vs. those who no longer work. Please Mary Ann, hold this additional chart up a little higher so that your listeners can see…

  48. - Anonymour - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 1:55 pm:

    Governor Quinn looks under the table, in search of Squeezey. Squeezey has now been missing for 17 weeks.

  49. - Casual observer - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 2:33 pm:

    MA: Mr. governor, we’d like to invite you in for an interview.

    PQ: A job interview? That might not be a bad idea right now. Let’s just not talk about how a Governor who knowingly violates the constitution can be impeached. The Speaker may be listening.

  50. - Just The Way It Is One - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 2:50 pm:

    That was meant to read above “…DOLLars…”

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