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Friday, Apr 28, 2017

* Press release…

DEPUTY GOVERNOR LESLIE MUNGER JOINS ILLINOIS TOLLWAY TO GIVE AWAY TREE SEEDLINGS AT LAKE FOREST OASIS TO CELEBRATE ARBOR DAY

WHAT: The Illinois Tollway is celebrating Arbor Day by giving away 7,500 tree seedlings and 7,500 pollinator seed packets to customers at its headquarters and oases throughout the Tollway system. Deputy Governor Leslie Munger and Tollway Executive Director Greg Bedalov will be helping distribute tree seedlings and seed packets at the Lake Forest Oasis.

WHEN: Friday, April 28, 9 a.m.

WHERE: Lake Forest Oasis – Tri-State Tollway (I-294)

WHO: Deputy Governor Leslie Munger
Illinois Tollway Executive Director Greg Bedalov

WHY: Talk with Deputy Governor Munger and Tollway Executive Director Bedalov about Illinois’ emphasis on limiting the environmental impacts of roadway construction and other capital projects to protect and enhance natural landscapes. The Tollway is committed to expanding the tree canopy coverage along its 292-mile system and has created a pollinator program to restore and sustain habitat for monarch butterflies and other important pollinators.

Um, that looks like something incumbents do when they’re running for reelection.

* From the governor’s February 3rd press release announcing Munger’s hiring

As Deputy Governor, Munger will add her voice to the state’s budget discussions and work with nonprofit leaders to address their challenges and increase their financial security.

* A photo from the event…


* The Question: Caption?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

90 Comments
  1. - Ron Burgundy - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 1:40 pm:

    “No, I do not think there could be a ‘real synergy’ between this and Comptroller Mendoza’s dog event…”


  2. - DuPage Bard - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 1:43 pm:

    $135k/yr for a patronage job doing press junkets for another run against Mendoza.


  3. - FormerStaffer - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 1:44 pm:

    “They SAID these are money trees.” ~ Munger adding her voice to State’s budget discussions.


  4. - Keyrock - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 1:45 pm:

    Deputy Governor Leslie Munger substitutes for the Lieutenant Governor, who was “unavailable” for this event.


  5. - TominChicago - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 1:45 pm:

    I would think “NoBudget NoPay” will have lost some of its relevancy next year.


  6. - Ohhaimark - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 1:45 pm:

    “GROW FASTER MY PRETTIES!”


  7. - Juice - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 1:46 pm:

    Where’s Tusk when we need him?


  8. - NorthsideNoMore - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 1:48 pm:

    GB: “Yes sir The Deputy Gov has been a great help with this project. Oh and since it’s after Easter so she can sport those white pants when helping you plant”


  9. - Rabid - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 1:53 pm:

    Here you go Leslie, take this avocado out to that black explorer


  10. - Donnie Elgin - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 1:53 pm:

    These will help with global warming… and with all the hot air coming out of Springfield.


  11. - Cubs in '16 - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 1:54 pm:

    LM: “No those red things are NOT wings but I see what you did there…”


  12. - redraider - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 1:54 pm:

    ” sigh” If only trees could vote


  13. - zatoichi - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 1:54 pm:

    I need three of those, but my nails…..


  14. - Liberty - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 1:55 pm:

    Lt. Gov ponders what she her role.


  15. - red raider - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 1:55 pm:

    ” How am I going to be able to bury this money for Bruce with everyone watching?


  16. - Rabid - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 1:56 pm:

    Hurry up let’s get this over I have a parade to organize


  17. - wordslinger - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 1:56 pm:

    “Make sure to set aside a bunch of trees for those DoIt contractors.”


  18. - Flynn's mom - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 1:58 pm:

    Can I hang out at the oasis and give away trees too? I’ll do it for $125,00.00 per year and save the state a few bucks!


  19. - Henry Francis - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:04 pm:

    Growing trees? I thought the talking point was growing jobs.


  20. - Tommydanger - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:05 pm:

    “Was this a bad day to wear white, or am I just here for the picture?”


  21. - @misterjayem - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:06 pm:

    “Do your job!”
    “This *is* my job.”
    “What? Seriously?”
    “Seriously.”
    “My god. That is so sad.”

    – MrJM


  22. - Biscuit Head - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:08 pm:

    Is she going to be the next Pat Quinn, always running for something?
    I wonder how much of a raise she’ll require for losing another election.


  23. - Texas Red - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:09 pm:

    These are right to work tree’s, no need to pay prevailing wage when you plant them !!


  24. - Ron Burgundy - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:11 pm:

    “OK great. Now go find out who that high-pitched guy is who keeps yelling ‘BRING US A SHRUBBERY!’”


  25. - The Captain - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:13 pm:

    Seriously, when’s the last time anyone has seen or heard from Evelyn Sanguinetti.


  26. - Norseman - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:16 pm:

    Rauner finally finds something Munger can do - hand out saplings.


  27. - Dance Band on the Titanic - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:17 pm:

    Not a caption but using official USPS mail bins to carry trees is a no-no.


  28. - Anonymous - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:19 pm:

    And now… The Larch.


  29. - 47th Ward - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:22 pm:

    Don’t we have a Lt. Governor for stuff like this?


  30. - Reese's Pieces - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:23 pm:

    #BirchPlease…who knew Munger would be so Poplar? (Not the voters!)


  31. - Rabid - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:25 pm:

    Heroic superstar in action


  32. - Anon221 - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:26 pm:

    No caption, just info. IDOT has also been giving a lot of seedlings away, too. Last year the State Tree Nursery was closed because of the budget thingee. This year, it’s open and selling trees until May 15th. Don’t know if these came from there or not.


  33. - Rabid - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:26 pm:

    Are these Illinois grown trees?


  34. - frisbee - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:28 pm:

    Rod had his open road tolling signs, Munger has her oasis trees.


  35. - Saluki - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:28 pm:

    This is an embarrassment for the Illinois Republican Party.


  36. - The Dude Abides - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:29 pm:

    Rauner: See I told you it wasn’t a patronage hire, the state needs people with her unique qualifications.


  37. - A guy - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:30 pm:

    Wait until Rec. Marijuana gets legalized. The whole General Assembly will be needed to distribute it.


  38. - Ron Burgundy - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:32 pm:

    “Deputy Governor Munger kicks off Illinois’ newest money-saving initiative — ‘Grow Our Own Copy Paper 2050′”


  39. - Salonica's Backroom - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:32 pm:

    This is not what I had in mind when they said “announce plant openings”.


  40. - Tommydanger - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:33 pm:

    And death is not an option:

    Munger distributing trees

    or

    Trubisky distibuting passes?


  41. - wordslinger - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:33 pm:

    Next vital task for the new Deputy Gov: Logistics planning for the Twilight Parade at the State Fair.

    https://capitolfax.com/wp-mobile.php?p=25873&more=1


  42. - Earnest - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:41 pm:

    Munger, in the imaginary Deputy Governor postion, tries to bury the story of how she took away $71 million from higher education and human service agencies.


  43. - Ron Burgundy - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:41 pm:

    “Wait until Rec. Marijuana gets legalized. The whole General Assembly will be needed to distribute it.”

    Oh they’d ‘distribute’ it all right… sure they would.


  44. - anon - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:43 pm:

    Illinois promises to plant 1 tree for every person leaving the state.


  45. - wordslinger - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:45 pm:

    Double check — I’m sure I stashed another $50 million or so in there for the IT guys before I let that old gig…


  46. - Rabid - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:46 pm:

    Just like the govenor my feet are planted


  47. - SAP - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:47 pm:

    I AM GROOT!


  48. - Wednesday morning - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:48 pm:

    Munger noted that Gov. Rauner would allow only the distribution of colorfully wrapped sticks on Arbor Day until his turnaround agenda is passed.


  49. - Anonymous - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:50 pm:

    The Post Office called, they want their container back.


  50. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:52 pm:

    “It was either this or organize parades” - Fake Leslie Munger


  51. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:53 pm:

    “They will be full grown by the time Bruce proposes a budget”


  52. - Langhorne - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:53 pm:

    Seedlings, seriously? Are you kidding me?


  53. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:54 pm:

    “I’m using my green thumb to give away trees this time instead of giving way… ” - Fake Leslie Munger


  54. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:55 pm:

    “Meh, send that one to Local 150, the compliments from Lincolnshire…”


  55. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:55 pm:

    “Send the avocado tree to Mendoza, it’s a Seinfeld joke… “


  56. - ComeTogether - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:56 pm:

    “Surely this will be enough for Groot costume Bruce.”


  57. - Henry Francis - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 2:56 pm:

    Gotta love those Friday out of office work events so close to home.


  58. - Stumpy's bunker - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 3:02 pm:

    “You HAVE to lift it yourself…I wore my white slacks to this dirt-n-roots gig! (Who are you, anyway?)”


  59. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 3:02 pm:

    “Why are all the tollway folks calling us ’saps’ and snickering?” - Fake Leslie Munger


  60. - Nobody Sent - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 3:03 pm:

    Have a tree, and remember vote Munger for Lt. Gov in 2018.
    Seriously, how many of us had to stop and think for a minute about who the current Lt. Gov is? Its almost as if Evelyn “slipped” off the face of the Earth.


  61. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 3:04 pm:

    “These all should go to Mr. T’s old house… he gets it… ” - Fake Leslie Munger


  62. - lake county democrat - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 3:04 pm:

    Oh yeah? Well what have YOU done about global warming?!


  63. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 3:06 pm:

    “Make sure each Legislstor gets one, with that note I wrote… ‘Had fun sapping your income, Leslie’… oh, and ribbon too… “


  64. - lake county democrat - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 3:06 pm:

    (BTW, the Middle Eastern food place at the Lake Forest Oasis (right behind her - the red sign) is pretty good.)


  65. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 3:08 pm:

    “I don’t need A job, and I didn’t need this task either… ” - Fake Leslie Munger


  66. - JS Mill - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 3:08 pm:

    Leslie Munger- “these linden oaks provide great shade when your watching a polo match with Bruce on a sunny day”

    Lucky Pierre- “You know I am a taxpayer. I’ll take two then!”


  67. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 3:12 pm:

    “I guess planting trees is more permanent than my winning elections, so I’ll leave my mark arbor-ly” - Fake Leslie Munger


  68. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 3:13 pm:

    “No, save this box for all the Social Service agency heads that had their places close. Everyone needs a parting gift… “


  69. - Aldyth - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 3:14 pm:

    Highly paid superstars at their most productive.


  70. - walker - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 3:14 pm:

    “Give me a moment to review my script.”


  71. - PublicServant - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 3:15 pm:

    DG Munger has an assistant count the number of seedlings for her after running out of fingers and toes


  72. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 3:15 pm:

    “Gov. Lingle really must feel silly missing this fun… ” - Fake Leslie Munger


  73. - Stumpy's bunker - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 3:16 pm:

    “I don’t care if you ARE a volunteer. Get yer fingers outta my hibiscus!”


  74. - JS Mill - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 3:22 pm:

    “Yeah, we had to get rid of her dog. You know what dogs do to trees? Ick!”


  75. - Stumpy's bunker - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 3:24 pm:

    “(Sigh)….You dress for the North Shore Gotrox Yacht Club, and he sends you to pass out weeds along the interstate.”

    “I feel your pain, sister!” (voice from afar that sounds kinda like Radagno)


  76. - Stumpy's bunker - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 3:27 pm:

    Radogno


  77. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 3:27 pm:

    “No, that’s the prop one Bruce is going to use in an ad or something, pick another one… “


  78. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 3:29 pm:

    “You can’t tell me Evelyn slipped again. Fine, send her a tree, ‘hope you feel better’… “


  79. - Arthur Andersen - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 3:32 pm:

    “Seedlings? Goldberg told me I was gonna be in Sneedlings!”


  80. - Lech W - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 3:34 pm:

    Hope these are ” Giving Trees’, as we really gifts of common sense in Illinois.


  81. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 3:34 pm:

    “Send the one that looks like it isn’t going to make it to Gidwitz, with my compliments… “


  82. - Donnie Elgin - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 3:36 pm:

    Wompin(g) willow for me please, Madigan might take notice then !


  83. - Cubs in '16 - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 3:42 pm:

    “Hey, HEY! The ones with red ribbons are for Republicans. You and your blue shirt can have one of those sickly looking ones over there.”


  84. - Name Withheld - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 3:46 pm:

    LM: I’ll get the fertilizer (reaches for copy of the Budget Address)


  85. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 3:49 pm:

    “We ran out of duct tape do I used orange and green ribbons to mark the trees… “


  86. - GMC GENERAL - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 3:51 pm:

    O/W @ 3:04 p.m.
    Mr.T: “Chopin down them trees, they got Pine Bugs”

    Lol
    I miss Kevin Matthews


  87. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 3:54 pm:

    - GMC GENERAL -

    I miss Kev too. Great memories listening to him and “Jim Shorts”, Dorothy, et al. Thanks for taking me there too.

    “Caption?”

    Leave this to the Appointed!


  88. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 4:02 pm:

    In shield just make like a tree and leave Leslie alone, but the roots are deep to good caption comedy, and branching out to have some good fun here kindles the creative fires.

    Would I normally pass up a picture like this, arbitrarily, no, so I’ll just leave some shade, and move on.


  89. - Huh? - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 4:02 pm:

    I’ve got a black thumb. At least one of these trees should live beyond a week.


  90. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Apr 28, 17 @ 4:03 pm:

    “I should just make like a tree… “


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