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Thursday, Nov 7, 2013

* House Speaker Michael Madigan’s spokesman Steve Brown turned 65 yesterday. Brown has worked for Madigan since 1983, after working for Mayor Jane Byrne and after writing for the Daily Herald. Despite his Medicare eligible status, Brownie shows no signs of slowing down.

Some of us threw a little dinner party for him last night…

- Posted by Rich Miller        

64 Comments
  1. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:04 am:

    “This IS my ‘formal’ shirt”


  2. - Siriusly - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:05 am:

    “There’s an actual reporter here? I don’t see any.”


  3. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:06 am:

    “Hey… HEY! You can’t ask our Mushroom for a quote. Only I can tell you the Mushroom’s quote!”


  4. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:08 am:

    “I’m busy…Ok, what did the Speaker tell YOU… Well, then you’ll be fine, ok…”


  5. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:10 am:

    “You go ahead and talk. I can wait to discredit your speculation later.”


  6. - Anonymous - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:13 am:

    No, we are NOT the Smith Brothers!


  7. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:13 am:

    “Your on deadline and need a quote? Ok, go with the ‘working on it’ and ‘the votes aren’t there’ or just Page 25 from the stand-by quotes handbook I gave you for times like these for a Speaker’s Office quote, ok?”


  8. - downstate commissioner - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:13 am:

    One of these bearded guys looks very distinguished. The other one looks scarily like the guy I see in the mirror every day…


  9. - Anonymous - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:15 am:

    SB: Some people call it a halo, but it is really just my natural aura of believability.


  10. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:16 am:

    “Rich, I have to go, Scott Drury is talking to the press again about being a former federal prosecutor…”


  11. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:18 am:

    “Hey Cross! You like ‘Apples’…”


  12. - Norseman - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:19 am:

    Aw schucks, Madigan just caught me socializing with Miller.


  13. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:20 am:

    “Jim…Jim …hey, Oberweis! Come down to the Ward Office this weekend, we have petitions of yours all signed to give you… No, thank YOU!”


  14. - PublicServant - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:22 am:

    Darth (Err I mean Mike), I didn’t know he was going to be here…really. I told him to bite me, but he had his dog do it instead.


  15. - Levois - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:22 am:

    It’s interesting to see pic of a person who we hear about so often but never see


  16. - Siriusly - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:23 am:

    “Thanks Rich - this was fun - oh crap - is that Chuck Goudie?”


  17. - Spliff - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:25 am:

    Come on dad give me the keys to the car ….


  18. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:27 am:

    Leave the gun, give Miller the cannoli.


  19. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:28 am:

    “Who are the guys in the dredlocks and tie-dyed tee shirts talking to Lou Lang over there in the corner?”


  20. - Steve Brown - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:29 am:

    And I don’t feel a day over 92. Great event
    Finished with a cigar and the guitar stylings of the ever improving lawmaker band at the “Hut


  21. - Wallinger Dickus - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:31 am:

    Rich Miller meets the ghost of George Carlin.


  22. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:34 am:

    “Oh my goodness! Over here! … Yeah…We loved you in ‘The Royal Tennenbaums’ and ‘Moonrise Kindom!’…”


  23. - Emanuel Can't - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:36 am:

    Santa Claus auditions are down the hall, guys!


  24. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:38 am:

    Steve Brown looks on as the Senate GOP heads to Caucus in their usual broom closet by the newspaper stand.


  25. - A guy... - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:40 am:

    Hey Steve, your old tie looks good with this suit, eh?


  26. - Nearly Normal - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:41 am:

    “Hey! Somebody grab that photographer! I gotta be careful with whom I am photographed. Don’t want to upset the Da Speaker!”


  27. - Anonymous - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:44 am:

    Is that Andy Shaw? He’s come here to harass and bully me again, hasn’t he?


  28. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:45 am:

    Happy Birthday, Mr. Brown. I would wish you many things, or even hope many things for you on this day, but I know no matter what I wish or hope,… I know… one thing …,”You’ll be fine”


  29. - Wensicia - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:47 am:

    Hey, Mike, I’m moving up the food chain. Miller just offered me a job as his intern!


  30. - DuPage - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:48 am:

    =Medicare eligible= After seeing the CMS Medicare Advantage debacle, he probably decided to hold off retirement for awhile.


  31. - Arthur Andersen - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:51 am:

    Rich Miller is shown with the new spokesman for “Pawn Stars,” Steve Brown.


  32. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:53 am:

    Brown, (thinking), “The UPS guy is early, wonder if that’s my 71 ‘Fire Madigan’ tee-shirts I ordered…”


  33. - Nonplussed - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:55 am:

    30-year reunion of Breaking Bad cast


  34. - Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:57 am:

    “No, I haven’t tried Grecian Formula. Have you?”


  35. - zatoichi - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:58 am:

    Hawk and Animal spend time talking about their glory days as the Legion of Doom in WWE.


  36. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:58 am:

    “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.”


  37. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 9:59 am:

    Brown, (thinking) “What is Patrick John Ryan doing down here? They saw him get on the plane, right?”


  38. - regular democrat - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 10:02 am:

    More cocktails anyone????


  39. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 10:04 am:

    “What the… someone is wearing the same sweatshirt!”


  40. - PublicServant - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 10:04 am:

    Steve Brown pictured with Rich Miller as the sun sets between his new Mickey Mouse ears.


  41. - Seanoge - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 10:06 am:

    Isn’t he your main information source


  42. - AFSCME Steward - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 10:19 am:

    Darn it, I’m photo bombed with Rich Miller. Bet this ends up in a caption contest.


  43. - Bill - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 10:19 am:

    Retiring Democartic spokesperson Steve Brown congratulates his successor Richard Miller, a Springfield resident and longtime Madigan supporter.


  44. - AFSCME Steward - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 10:20 am:

    Old Blue-eyes & old Blue-eyes


  45. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 10:33 am:

    Brown: “I have to drink with these people too after dinner? I’m getting a hangover already.”


  46. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 10:46 am:

    RM: I never agreed to 3 points on top of the vig! Am I something special? Some sort of schmuck on wheels?

    SB: Are you gonna argue with Mike Madigan? Just give him his money so we can get the heck outta here.


  47. - Dirty Red - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 10:53 am:

    And then they started drinking…


  48. - Dirty Red - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 10:54 am:

    “Rich, I’m gazing into your future and I don’t see another one of those ‘kingmaker’ columns anywhere.”


  49. - AFSCME Steward - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 11:09 am:

    Mike, I swear I didn’t invite him.


  50. - I'm Strapped - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 11:26 am:

    No, I’m not Santa Claus but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last nite.


  51. - Bobbysox - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 11:36 am:

    Fear the beards!


  52. - Tommydanger - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 11:48 am:

    Just from speaking briefly to Rich Miller, Steve Brown had three light bulb ideas go off on how to solve the state’s problems and enshrine Oscar as the state dog.


  53. - Anon. - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 11:58 am:

    SB cadging free drinks by doing his impression of Oracle Jones from “The Hallelujah Trail.”


  54. - Jake From Elwood - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 12:36 pm:

    So he went with the Walgreens sweatshirt, Hmm.


  55. - A guy... - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 12:48 pm:

    SB: “Miller’s in a suit. Must’ve just been to court”.


  56. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 1:10 pm:

    Seanoge, if he was it would be an awfully boring read every day.


  57. - 3rd Generation Chicago Native - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 1:19 pm:

    Is this a dinner party for his Birthday, or kick off party for the Macy’s Santa’s at the start of the Holiday Season?


  58. - superanon - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 1:23 pm:

    rich, you’re not helping


  59. - 3rd Generation Chicago Native - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 2:15 pm:

    Every year Santa Wantabe’s get to sample the new cocktails and vote on which one’s will be on the Walnut Room menu for the holiday season. Some have to sample each new cocktail more than once….not naming names, but the proof is in the picture.


  60. - Amalia - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 2:59 pm:

    in the high world of Springfield press, the term “get me the beard,” has a different meaning than elsewhere.


  61. - Superanon - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 4:04 pm:

    No dogs allowed rich!


  62. - Anonymous - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 4:19 pm:

    Who’s the dude with “Comment Tourette’s” in this Blog?


  63. - Boone's is Back - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 4:46 pm:

    “I’m wearing this sweatshirt because Medicare demanded I take a stress test. They mentioned Andy Shaw in the first five minutes. I failed.”


  64. - Just The Way It Is One - Thursday, Nov 7, 13 @ 5:29 pm:

    “Yeah, somehow after all these crazy years we still both choose to care and call this crazy State ‘Home.’ Yeah, we’re probably both off our rockers, but at least it’s FUN a lotta days, and ALways an adventure…!”


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