I always wonder how situations would be different if she were still around. She was a wonderful woman.
- WonderfulWorld - Thursday, May 28, 15 @ 1:31 pm:
Sigh. So do I.
- Give Me A Break - Thursday, May 28, 15 @ 1:32 pm:
No matter how crazy it got around the Statehouse, Judy was always able to cut right to the chase and give us a candid view of what was really going on. There simply will never be another one and God knows we need one right now.
She would be suffering from apoplexy with this governor. She came from a completely different Illinois governing era within the GOP. She survived as her party shifted from believing in some things being a public good into everything having a price and selling to the highest bidder.
JBT would not be considered a friend by this administration, in my opinion. She valued people and considered them priceless, while Rauner has indicated over the past six months that he considers everyone and everything disposable.
This really hit home with me that this was on the blog today because last night as I was looking through some stacks of paper I found a picture when I interned for JBT when I was in college, it now sits proudly on my desk. Heck of a lady!!!
I made the below comment in response to another post, but it bears repeating.
Generally I read comments posted here, content to follow the debate without really wading in. But this session has me thinking.
When session started, both chambers opened with really great, heartfelt tributes to Judy Baar Topinka, and I am discouraged to see how dramatically that bipartisan rhetoric has changed. I can’t help but wonder how session would be going if Judy was here. Could she have worked behind the scenes to help cooler heads - on both sides - prevail? I don’t know, but maybe it’s time our leaders try a little harder to embody the woman they all pledged to never forget.
She would have brought the four Tops and the Gov together and kept them in the room until they started working together on a budget that was balanced. She would have ordered the pizza and served the coffee and made sure everybody played nice.