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*** UPDATED x1 *** Rumor patrol: Dumpster edition

Wednesday, Jun 28, 2017

* I received this photo earlier today…

* Along with this text message…

The Senate janitors told me that they have to take the trash to the Stratton now because the dumpsters were just removed because state didn’t pay? Might want to check

I’ve since seen some tweets and Facebook posts about it.

* So, I checked with Secretary of State Jesse White’s spokesman Dave Druker. The SoS controls the Statehouse, so they’re in charge.

Dave told me that the contract is expiring with the current garbage collection provider, so it’s now removing its dumpsters. The new provider, which submitted a lower bid, is starting on Monday.

In the interim, janitors will have to take the trash to the Stratton Building.

* It would’ve been a great story, though.

*** UPDATE ***  I’ll bow to popular demand and make this a caption contest.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

66 Comments
  1. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 2:29 pm:

    I wondered about that. It would have been a nice photo op to set garbage outside Governor Junk’s office.


  2. - New Slang - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 2:29 pm:

    So hey. Is it really “expiring” or the provider isn’t renewing the contract for non-payment?? Had this same thing happen at state office I worked at previously (not CMS run). I don’t buy the easy answer.


  3. - Now What? - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 2:31 pm:

    Would’ve made a great caption contest!


  4. - Annonin' - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 2:32 pm:

    Media frenzy can subside.


  5. - Can - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 2:33 pm:

    @360 Degree,

    Don’t forget, he drives a trash can van as well.


  6. - Smalls - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 2:34 pm:

    What will make a great story is how much more they have to pay the new vendor. Anyone doing business with the state now will be jacking up their prices to account for the unknown of how long they will have to go without being paid. That is costing hundreds of millions of dollars as well.


  7. - Curl of the Burl - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 2:34 pm:

    Someone should have Photoshopped the dumpster with flames coming out of it from all areas.


  8. - Curl of the Burl - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 2:36 pm:

    Smalls - not if the winning bidder was the nice man in my neighborhood who rides a bike with a trailer and steals people’s recycling for cash trade-ins. He would have easily offered a cut rate!


  9. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 2:37 pm:

    I’d also like to know the name of the contractor who took that business deal with the state. “Let’s see…so you say I won’t get paid for two years…you say no budget is in sight…I’ll take it!”


  10. - Guzzlepot - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 2:39 pm:

    I can’t imagine why any rational businessman would sign a contract with the State of Illinois given the current situation. I must be missing something.


  11. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 2:40 pm:

    All I’m saying is if this was New Jersey and Tony Soprano handled your waste, budget or not, you “probably” pay that bill.

    Another reason it’s better not to be “TV’s New Jersey”


  12. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 2:41 pm:

    I think a good caption for that picture would have been…”Speaker Madigan has what is left of the Governor’s Turnaround Agenda hauled away from the capitol.”


  13. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 2:42 pm:

    “If it starts to billow white smoke, it means we have a budget”


  14. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 2:47 pm:

    “Mary Ann Ahern gets the inside dirt from latest budget hostage — talking trash with the dumpster, live from Springfield. Tonight at 6:00.”

    That story has local Emmy written all over it.


  15. - Curious Observer - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 2:49 pm:

    The contracts should have cancelled for nonpayment. And there should be no new contract when there is no budget.
    The pile up of paper would have made a great image of the amount of waste going on with no budget. And it would have hit all leaders and both parties. Too bad it did not happen that way.


  16. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 2:50 pm:

    “House Republicans bring in receptacle to place soiled under garments in”.


  17. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 2:50 pm:

    Good luck taking your trash to the Stratton Building as it looks like they are removing that one now


  18. - LakeviewJ - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 2:51 pm:

    Solemn moment as the casket containing the State of Illinois is hauled away.


  19. - SE Mayor - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 2:52 pm:

    Earlier today a dumpster full of Rauner era change was removed from the state capitol.


  20. - DuPage Saint - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 2:54 pm:

    Cellini probably got the contract


  21. - Curl of the Burl - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 2:55 pm:

    “Tony Soprano ordered his top sentinels to come take away the Stratton Building’s dumpster.”


  22. - 360 Degree TurnAround - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 2:57 pm:

    Maybe they can pile the trash around the Stratton building…would anyone really notice? It would just blend into the personna of the building.


  23. - Cubs in '16 - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 2:57 pm:

    Rep. Brady has the Rauner/Madigan ‘time out box’ delivered to the Capitol.


  24. - Skeptic - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 2:58 pm:

    No one has asked where they’re taking the trash. That might be fun speculation as well.


  25. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 3:01 pm:

    Stratton IS the dumpster.


  26. - Now What? - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 3:03 pm:

    OW @ 2:42 . . .new pope or old pope?

    Hat tip, sir..


  27. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 3:05 pm:

    - Now What? -

    Olivia Pope?

    Thank you.


  28. - d.p.gumby - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 3:08 pm:

    Gov. Junk delivers his budget to the Capitol.


  29. - So tired of political hacks - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 3:18 pm:

    The small dumpsters were removed from the Illinois State Capital in preparation for the anticipated Junk Bond status the state is to receive on Monday.


  30. - Former Hillrod - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 3:44 pm:

    This is a little off topic and I do apologize. But, in Rauner’s “focus” interview with Amanda Vinicky, I found it to be oddly reminiscent of Matt Frewer’s depiction of Max Headrom but without the glitches. Does that make him Bruce Guvjunk?


  31. - Nick Name - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 3:44 pm:

    “State Capitol workers prepare for anticipated Dumpster fire this weekend, sources say.”


  32. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 3:46 pm:

    “Back in the day a ‘75 Lincoln Continental has a big enough trunk. No we need a dumpster…. he gets it… “


  33. - Amalia - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 3:59 pm:

    check for bodies


  34. - Amalia - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 4:00 pm:

    John Oliver story in the making


  35. - Curl of the Burl - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 4:06 pm:

    “But where else will we put these 7 copies of thousand page LRB drafts that never get filed?!”


  36. - A Modest Proposal - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 4:11 pm:

    Even the dumpster fires are leaving the State…


  37. - Former Hillrod - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 4:18 pm:

    The state’s new Mobile Document Storage System.


  38. - RNUG - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 4:20 pm:

    Guess they will have to haul the trash over to the Mansion and put it in the remodeling dumpsters.


  39. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 4:25 pm:

    It looks like the guys from Moodys are here.


  40. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 4:26 pm:

    “Man, those ‘Dad’s Home State” rejected scripts… whew.


  41. - Chicago 20 - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 4:49 pm:

    Finally, a new job created by Rauner’s turnaround agenda.

    (The jobs lost were OLD jobs.)


  42. - PENSIONS ARE OFF LIMITS - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 4:58 pm:

    “The trashcan van had to be towed back from Chicago after Madigan’s precinct captains stole the wheels.”


  43. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 5:00 pm:

    “Man, ‘Rauner Word Jumble 1.0′ had a heck of a run… “


  44. - Rabid - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 5:13 pm:

    goldberg, here’s your new random word generator, we couldn’t get grave concern out of the old one


  45. - walker - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 5:14 pm:

    Overdue bills finally processed.


  46. - Rabid - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 6:01 pm:

    Executive branch twilight parade float unveiling


  47. - Rabid - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 6:08 pm:

    Where do you want the new IBM big blue at, goldberg


  48. - Rabid - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 6:11 pm:

    IPI moves printing press to Springfield


  49. - Rabid - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 6:34 pm:

    Megatron arrives at darkmount


  50. - Rabid - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 6:41 pm:

    Loading up the turnaround agenda for one more trip around the capitol


  51. - Rabid - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 6:46 pm:

    Gop party coming home to roost


  52. - foster brooks - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 7:28 pm:

    that happened at D-2 idot a couple years ago


  53. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 7:45 pm:

    Those janitors were told to hold the garbage on site to burn for heat and light this winter after CWLP cuts off the electricity. And for smoke signals after AT&T cuts off the phones.


  54. - Huh? - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 7:58 pm:

    Memo: To All Employees
    From: Bruce Rainer, Governor

    Due to the current fiscal crisis, new contracts for trash disposal services have been declined by the various local vendors which the State has had long standing relationships.

    Effectively immediately, as a condition of your employment, you will be required to take home and dispose of in your personal garbage cans, the contents of your waste baskets using the plastic bag that is currently in the container. You will return and reuse the plastic bag. Should the plastic bag be rendered ineffective, you are required to supply a properly sized plastic bag to line the waste basket.

    Each office manager will set up a schedule whereby each employee will also be responsible for disposing of trash from communal waste baskets and garbage cans.

    Each building manager will establish a schedule whereby each employee will be responsible for disposing of the contents of garbage can in such areas as break rooms or cafeterias.

    Disposal of hazardous materials will be handled in similar fashion.

    If you have any questions, I am sure that Speaker Madigan will be able to answer them in a reasonable time frame.

    Don’t bother trying to grieve this with the unions, they have already decided to roll over and not fight this issue. They just want your illegal union dues and fair share fees.

    If you don’t like it, go down the hall to somebody who might care. Because I don’t care about you or what happens to the State.

    Have a good day and God bless you in the time of uncertainty and fiscal crisis.


  55. - Back to the Mountains - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 8:07 pm:

    “Even we’re done dealing with the trash coming out of this place!”


  56. - Me Again - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 8:27 pm:

    Governors Rauner’ plan to keep employees busy - sorting trash for recycling and driving it to recycling centers in their own vehicles.


  57. - Me Again - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 8:29 pm:

    … and then firing them got not doing their regular jobs.


  58. - Huh? - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 8:36 pm:

    P.S. Don’t try to dispose of State of Illinois trash in municipal garbage cans or at the local gas stations. They were wsrned in advsnve because Madigan some how for a draft copy of this memo and leaked it to the press.


  59. - So tired of political hacks - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 8:44 pm:

    State can’t pay trash bills, on the bright side Rauner tells his wife it’s the happiest he has ever been!


  60. - Rabid - Wednesday, Jun 28, 17 @ 9:30 pm:

    Special session tour bus


  61. - Rabid - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 6:30 am:

    Do It’s finale piece in puzzle is in place


  62. - Rabid - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 6:33 am:

    Gop going through the speakers trash looking for clues


  63. - Rabid - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 6:35 am:

    Kim Reynolds sends a party favor to the govenor


  64. - Rabid - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 6:57 am:

    goldberg brings in his think tank


  65. - Rabid - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 7:08 am:

    Direct communication


  66. - Rabid - Thursday, Jun 29, 17 @ 7:40 am:

    $480,000 and what do you get, another day older an deeper in debt


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