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“Fun” with numbers

Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017

* ILGOP…

Three Strikes, You’re Out
After a baseball season’s delay, Pritzker has yet to deliver on his promise to release tax returns

Today is the 214th day since J.B. Pritzker pledged to release his tax returns. 214 days is exactly how long the 2017 Major League Baseball season lasted from Opening Day (April 2) to Game 7 of the World Series (November 1). Let’s take a look at some of the things that happened in that 214 day span:

214 days is 5,136 hours which is enough time to play 1,712 games (assuming the average duration of a baseball game is approximately 3 hours).

In the MLB, each team averages about 146 pitches per game, meaning that in this 214 day span with 1,712 games, there would be approximately 499,904 pitches.

But enough hypotheticals, let’s look at some stats.

In that span, the Chicago Cubs played 172 baseball games, and (not including playoffs) had 5,496 at bats resulting in 1,402 hits and pitched 1,447.1 innings.

The Chicago White Sox played 162 games, had 5,513 at bats and 1,412 hits, with a collective 1,421.2 innings pitched.

A lot of things can happen over the span of 214 days, but J.B. Pritzker can’t get his taxes done?

* Daniel Biss yesterday…

If you read my emails regularly, you probably know that I can’t stop talking about prime numbers — whole numbers greater than 1, divisible only by 1 and themselves.

And, you may have guessed, today’s date (11/13/2017) is special because it is made up of prime numbers. But there’s a different reason why this date is important: it corresponds to another special number — 127.

As everyone knows, 127 is the smallest prime that can be expressed as the sum of the first two or more odd primes: 127 = 3 + 5 + 7 + 11 + 13 + 17 + 19 + 23 + 29. But what you may not know is that this number, more importantly, marks how many days are left before the Illinois Democratic primary — we are 127 days out.

That means we have 127 days left to hit our goals — and if we’re going to fight the wave of big money spending, we can’t afford to miss any of them.

Tap here to chip in $3 or whatever you can to help reach our $30,000 November fundraising goal.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

17 Comments »
  1. - Fax Machine - Tuesday, Nov 14, 17 @ 4:09 pm:

    $30,000 November Fundraising Goal? Is he running for Governor or for County Board?


  2. - Saluki - Tuesday, Nov 14, 17 @ 4:17 pm:

    I can shorten the email for Biss.

    0 = The chance he is elected Governor.


  3. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Nov 14, 17 @ 4:21 pm:

    Biss gets to ask for tax forms, but ILGOP was silent for Trump and so can’t speak now.


  4. - Why - Tuesday, Nov 14, 17 @ 4:31 pm:

    So exactly why do you want his tax returns my hats off to anyone who can get away without paying taxes


  5. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Nov 14, 17 @ 4:31 pm:

    “ILGOP was silent for Trump”

    Talk to the RNC about that. Going after Pritzker is fair game.


  6. - MissingG - Tuesday, Nov 14, 17 @ 4:35 pm:

    Generally, cookies are baked in an oven set to about 350 degrees F for 8 to 12 minutes. Assuming about 8-10 minutes of prep time, one can bake cookies in an average of 19 minutes. With unlimited supplies and unlimited access to uppers, JB Pritzker could have baked 16,218 trays of chocolate chip cookies since he promised to release his tax returns. That’s over 194,000 cookies! Where are the cookies, JB?


  7. - DarkHorse - Tuesday, Nov 14, 17 @ 4:36 pm:

    Is Biss even going to stay in the race? If he gets below 10%, he’s really hurt his future prospects, not the least of which by giving up his State Senate seat.


  8. - DuPage Saint - Tuesday, Nov 14, 17 @ 5:22 pm:

    Math makes my head hurt


  9. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Nov 14, 17 @ 5:30 pm:

    Nerds on Parade.


  10. - G'Kar - Tuesday, Nov 14, 17 @ 6:06 pm:

    I reached the third paragraph of Biss’ e-mail and stopped reading.


  11. - Gooner - Tuesday, Nov 14, 17 @ 6:27 pm:

    Who does the ILGOP think it is going to persuade with the line about tax returns?

    Hard core Republicans? They are already sold.

    Backers of others in the Dem primary? Sold.

    The rest of us, including undecideds and people who back J.B.? They are going to smirk that the party of Trump is demanding the release of tax returns.


  12. - Paul - Tuesday, Nov 14, 17 @ 6:54 pm:

    Biss and the ILGOP - quite a pair. ILGOP must think Biss is the more beatable candidate.


  13. - Anon E. Moose - Tuesday, Nov 14, 17 @ 7:06 pm:

    Math is less popular than Mike Madigan.


  14. - Southside Lou - Tuesday, Nov 14, 17 @ 9:16 pm:

    MissingG, I think JB ate the cookies.


  15. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Nov 14, 17 @ 10:24 pm:

    Please, just tell us how many more days we have to have Two-Face Bruce as governor?


  16. - GOP Extremist - Tuesday, Nov 14, 17 @ 11:40 pm:

    “It’s kinda like déjà vu all over again.


  17. - Rick Coyne - Wednesday, Nov 15, 17 @ 8:15 am:

    What difference does it make. RICH people don’t pay taxes like us that work and worry if our pension will stop coming. And a state health insurance that does not pay our claims


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