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Tuesday, Jun 28, 2016

* Heh…


- Posted by Rich Miller        

105 Comments
  1. - Juvenal - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:10 am:

    Because….Madigan


  2. - Anon - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:10 am:

    Kind of small for all the hostages, don’t’ you think?


  3. - NIU Grad - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:11 am:

    Growing a new batch of mushrooms…


  4. - Honeybear - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:12 am:

    ohhhhhahhhhhohhhhhhhh death. oohhhhhhahhhhhohhhhhhh death.
    Won’t you spare me over for another year.

    (In Brother Where Art Thou style)


  5. - Cheap Seats - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:13 am:

    “Wonder if this means I can wear a Carhartt now?”


  6. - From the 'Dale to HP - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:14 am:

    “Usually it’s Rauner who’s doing the digging. Weird.”


  7. - Boone's is Back - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:14 am:

    “How ironic that the shovel I’m using to bury the Gov is marked with the word ‘plumbers’.”


  8. - Old Shepherd - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:14 am:

    “I didn’t call JULIE. I thought you were going to call JULIE?!”


  9. - northsider (the original) - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:15 am:

    Collectively digging.


  10. - Person 8 - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:15 am:

    Day after Rauner gets his turnaround agenda passed.


  11. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:15 am:

    Lord, we commit this budget.


  12. - DuPage Saint - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:16 am:

    Overpaid union workers use golden shovels!


  13. - New Slang - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:16 am:

    “I swear to God, Rauner said to dig RIGHT HERE and we would find the funds for the bailout.”


  14. - Dee Lay - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:16 am:

    Madigan and the Shovels he Controls


  15. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:16 am:

    Do a slooowwww dig as we show up to the leaders meeting just in time.


  16. - Stuff Happens - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:17 am:

    “Can someone show me how to use this thing?”


  17. - muon - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:19 am:

    Leaders enlist union help to find the source of leaked plans to Cap Fax


  18. - phocion - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:19 am:

    Cullerton wonders how he finds himself stuck between Madigan and Blagojevich again.


  19. - NIU Grad - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:20 am:

    “Speaker Madigan, please smile for the picture…smile, please…Ok, we’ll just stick with the scowl.”


  20. - Boooooooo - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:20 am:

    “You should have seen the excavator Bruce got to move all of his… rhetoric.”


  21. - PlayK8 - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:21 am:

    So we each have to dig a hole that is 2 1/2 by 8 feet and 6 feet deep?


  22. - Allen D - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:21 am:

    Pink ….. Pink … REALLY….. Did you know about this?


  23. - Signal & Noise - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:21 am:

    I forgot to bring a bag of lime. You bring any lime?


  24. - A guy - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:21 am:

    Dear God,
    Please don’t let us find a body…


  25. - AC - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:25 am:

    A photo op with a shovel isn’t particularly ground breaking


  26. - GOP Extremist - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:26 am:

    Shovel Ready Snobs


  27. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:27 am:

    You can tell by the way these guys are holding the shovels they have never used one before or seen anybody use one. You talk about fish out of water. This also looks like they are looking for Jimmy Hoffa. What a crew.


  28. - The Captain - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:27 am:

    “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life …”


  29. - State Engineer - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:27 am:

    Hey John how does this thing work again?


  30. - Formerly Known As... - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:29 am:

    Digging the money pit of Illinois’ debt deeper, one shovel at a time.


  31. - the old man - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:32 am:

    Wait until after the November election and we will have the taxpayers digging deeper.


  32. - d.p.gumby - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:32 am:

    As most road construction projects shut down, new volunteers arrive to assist at some local construction sites.


  33. - Budgets Are Your Friend - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:32 am:

    Just keep digging, just keep digging…


  34. - Formerly Known As... - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:32 am:

    MJM =I usually have ‘people’ for this sort of thing.=


  35. - 4 percent - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:35 am:

    To paraphrase Shakespeare…

    Friends, Illinoisans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
    I come to bury Rauner, not to praise him;
    The evil that men do lives after them,
    The good is oft interred with their bones,
    So let it be with Rauner … The noble Speaker
    Hath told you Rauner was ambitious:
    If it were so, it was a grievous fault,


  36. - cdog - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:35 am:

    Hard heads. No hard hats needed. /s


  37. - Bucko - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:36 am:

    Umm, How do you hold this thing


  38. - PublicServant - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:37 am:

    Dear Lord, please deliver us from Rauner. Amen.


  39. - Formerly Known As... - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:37 am:

    Mr Cullerton and Mr Madigan with their tax payer funded golden shovels, purchased for the low price of $140 Bill in debt.


  40. - Huh? - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:37 am:

    Itn’t this where we buried …


  41. - Huh? - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:43 am:

    My name is Jacob Stein, I’m from the American Federation of Ditch Diggers. I’ve been sent to see if you gentlemen are carrying your permits.

    Our what?

    Your union cards. May I see your cards please?


  42. - JustRight - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:48 am:

    I’m so glad so glad people don’t realize Government funded construction is just reshuffling the chairs on the deck of the Titanic!


  43. - Huh? - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:48 am:

    OSHA - here is your ticket for not providing the necessary personal protective equipment on a construction site. Here is your ticket for not providing the necessary training to on the job personnel to properly handle the equipment to avoid injury. And here us your ticket for making politicians pose for dumb photos aND nit including 1.4%.


  44. - Wensicia - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:52 am:

    Cullerton: Did you ever try to dig to China when you were a kid?

    Madigan: I was never a kid.


  45. - Christopher - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:53 am:

    Politicians who fail to do their job are digging their own graves.


  46. - Casual observer - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:53 am:

    What’s your dirt doing in my ditch, boy?


  47. - Responsa - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:53 am:

    “Hey, here’s an idea! A bobcat would be way more efficient and make us look like really modern 21st century pols with 21st century photo ops. I’ve always wanted to drive a bobcat.”


  48. - Streator Curmudgeon - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:55 am:

    MJM: “Wait. Did you say Mike Madigan MEMORIAL Apple Orchard?”


  49. - 37B - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:55 am:

    I don’t think 6 feet’s gonna do it. Let’s go 7.


  50. - Streator Curmudgeon - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:58 am:

    “Where’d you get these shovels?”

    “The Dick Nixon museum. Why?”


  51. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:59 am:

    This is how we bury Illinois, burry Illinois, burry Illinois,
    This is how we bury illinois all the year long budgets-less budgets.
    Ths how we have buried Illinois Buried Illinois Buried Illinois.
    This how we have Buried Illinois all the while our own practices flourish.
    Thank you Illinois for giving us all your money while we want more than you gave & continue to want more than you have, Continue to want more.. ,Continue to want more. This is how we continue to want more until we collapse YOUR entire state, fill our own pockets and ask for more still.


  52. - Streator Curmudgeon - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 11:59 am:

    “A hard hat? Seriously?”

    “Hey. I might get hit by some flying rhetoric.”


  53. - Streator Curmudgeon - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 12:02 pm:

    “Aren’t you supposed to put your foot on these?”

    “What, and ruin my shine?”

    “Shinebox? Who said shinebox?”


  54. - Almost the Weekend - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 12:03 pm:

    The money for CPS is a little deeper


  55. - DoubleD - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 12:03 pm:

    Either we dig until we find Jimmy Hoffa or if we’re real lucky this is where Al Capone’s vault exists and our budget problems are outta here!


  56. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 12:05 pm:

    Almost the Weekend takes a commanding lead!


  57. - Former hillrod - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 12:05 pm:

    Let’s bow our heads for the mans prayer. I am a man and I can change if I have to, I guess.


  58. - Streator Curmudgeon - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 12:06 pm:

    Madigan: “Where’s the on-off switch on this thing?”


  59. - D - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 12:06 pm:

    “First things first… Let’s make sure there’s a union sticker for all to see, just so there’s no confusion as to who we’re really beholden to.”


  60. - zatoichi - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 12:09 pm:

    This stuff gonna be on my shoes? I just got a shine yesterday.

    Mike, this guy next to me. Those pants. Off the shelf. He could at least go to Jos A Banks.


  61. - Streator Curmudgeon - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 12:15 pm:

    Cullerton: “Sheesh! My power tie isn’t helping at all.”

    Madigan: “I’m getting a tingling sensation. I think I hit a patronage worker.”


  62. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 12:16 pm:

    A moment of silence for the Turnaround Agenda following its burial. RIP.


  63. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 12:17 pm:

    A lot of holes in the city, and a lot of problems are buried in those holes. But you gotta do it right. I mean, you gotta have the hole already dug before you show up with a package in the trunk. Otherwise, you’re talking about a half-hour to forty-five minutes worth of digging. And who knows who’s gonna come along in that time? Pretty soon, you gotta dig a few more holes. You could be there all night.


  64. - Streator Curmudgeon - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 12:20 pm:

    Madigan: Psst. John. Did you throw his ‘Wine of the Month’ selection in there?

    Cullerton: Yeah. Along with the keys to the trashcan van.


  65. - Levois - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 12:33 pm:

    Are they praying before the groudbreaking or do they just not want to look each other in the eye.


  66. - paula1963 - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 12:38 pm:

    It’s gonna take us forever to dig 57,918 square miles. We better get some help. RIP Illinois


  67. - Triple fat - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 12:43 pm:

    Look at all the corn kernels…


  68. - Triple fat - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 12:46 pm:

    That is not a pile of dirt. I’m certain about that, John.


  69. - Huh? - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 12:47 pm:

    “new volunteers arrive to assist at some local construction sites.”

    Just as long as they belong to the union local and are paid prevailing wages. We don’t need no scabby rats on this site.


  70. - Streator Curmudgeon - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 12:52 pm:

    Cullerton: “I thought you used a mallet in Whack-a-Mole.”

    Madigan: “Get ready! I smell craft beer. He’s coming to the surface.”


  71. - Huh? - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 12:56 pm:

    John are you sure that the double over handed grip is right? I’m going to try to hold it this way.


  72. - A guy - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 12:57 pm:

    You guys sure the bill is here?


  73. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 1:04 pm:

    “Hey, what do you like, a leg or a wing, Mikey? Or do you still go for the old hearts and lungs?”


  74. - Rabid - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 1:12 pm:

    Comrades it’s time to bury the GOP


  75. - mokenavince - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 1:27 pm:

    I’ve never lifted a shove before.


  76. - Clark - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 1:31 pm:

    “You think anyone would notice if we dig Illinois into a deeper hole?”


  77. - Streator Curmudgeon - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 1:38 pm:

    Cullerton: “I’m a workin’ on the railroad, all the livelong day…”

    Madigan: “John! You got rejected by America’s Got Talent. Get over it!”


  78. - Cook street - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 1:41 pm:

    4 suits waiting for a union laborer to show them how to hold a shovel.


  79. - Rabid - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 1:50 pm:

    Ace and king of spades


  80. - ParisIllini - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 1:52 pm:

    Praying to dig up a pot of gold underneath that pile.


  81. - Rabid - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 2:04 pm:

    Tiny shovels make your hands look bigger


  82. - Man with a plan - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 2:07 pm:

    Lot of holes out in the desert, and a lot of problems are buried in those holes.


  83. - Mama - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 2:26 pm:

    Dear God, We are digging as fast as we can, but there is not enough money in this hole.

    And God, would you please help me find enough votes & money to past Madigan’s full budget.


  84. - Mama - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 2:33 pm:

    The Dems are doing everything they can to help the construction workers.


  85. - Rabid - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 2:34 pm:

    Trench warfare training


  86. - Jake From Elwood - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 2:43 pm:

    Ceremonial shovels that befit ceremonial leaders.


  87. - Former Titan - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 2:47 pm:

    How foolish to think
    that the budget hole cannot
    be dug deeper still.


  88. - Anon - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 2:52 pm:

    Is that light or fire down there at the bottom?


  89. - Anon - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 2:54 pm:

    Tonight on How It’s Made: Illinois Democrats work on a state budget.


  90. - Anon - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 2:55 pm:

    MJM: I think my feet can go in a little deeper yet…


  91. - A guy - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 3:06 pm:

    Let’s say a prayer of thanks for the only Shovel Ready job in the entire state.

    (we can skip the hand holding part)


  92. - Amalia - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 3:43 pm:

    Our funders, who art in union halls and trial lawyer firms, hallowed be thy names.


  93. - walker - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 3:45 pm:

    “You sure Quinn’s career is buried here?”


  94. - Kathy - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 4:11 pm:

    Finally, the final resting place for union domination of Illinois politics.


  95. - Rabid - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 4:26 pm:

    Shovel leaning narcolepsy syndrome


  96. - UrgentUnguent - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 4:30 pm:

    The guy on the left, is that Ron Swanson?


  97. - Whatever - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 4:40 pm:

    It’s hard to keep a straight face when I keep hearing Slim Pickens saying, “Put that shovel to good use.”


  98. - Arthur Andersen - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 4:59 pm:

    “And now, Father Pfleger will say the blessing for this fine new facility…just as soon as the check clears.”


  99. - peon - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 5:03 pm:

    “I’m sure there is an easier way to do redistricting”.


  100. - park - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 6:30 pm:

    MJM: “You sure Hoffa’s down here?”

    JC: “That’s what Balanoff said…”


  101. - Smalls - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 6:46 pm:

    Haven’t we dug a big enough hole for the state of illinois?


  102. - Jim - Tuesday, Jun 28, 16 @ 6:50 pm:

    Are they planting a money tree?


  103. - Rabid - Wednesday, Jun 29, 16 @ 6:25 am:

    The yogurt gets deep at the end of dairy month


  104. - Rabid - Wednesday, Jun 29, 16 @ 6:41 am:

    Union tools


  105. - Mango - Wednesday, Jun 29, 16 @ 7:47 am:

    “This will be a lovely grave for the Governor, boys.”


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