Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » Brain freeze triggers talking points
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Brain freeze triggers talking points

Thursday, Mar 1, 2018

* Linda Ellerbee told a story in her book “And So It Goes” about how covering presidential campaigns could be mentally grueling. She eventually learned a trick to keep her somewhat sane during the never-ending blur of multiple cities a day. Every night before she went to bed, she’d write a note to herself that included what candidate she was covering and what town she was in. That way, when she suddenly woke up with a start in the middle of the night in yet another strange hotel room, she could just look at her note to settle her nerves.

I told that story last night at dinner (or maybe it was the night before last - this week has been so busy), and then today I watched Rep. Jeanne Ives’ interview at Quad Cities TV station KWQC

Interviewer: So, if you don’t live in Chicago you’re considered Downstate. The Quad Cities is not actually Downstate, it’s directly west. How will you make sure the rest of the state feels included?

Ives: We’ve traveled the state. I think they feel included. My, my, uh, uh, I’m sorry, my lieutenant governor selection is Rich Morthland. He is a farmer from Rock Island County, which is in the far western part of the state right on the border of Iowa. He’s also a community college professor. We, listen, I grew up in a small town in South Dakota. It was a farming community. And my three uncles farmed around the area. All of us grew up working on the farm. I’m just as much associated with farmland as I am the suburbs where I live. So, I, I, the entire southern, central Illinois, this resonates with me and my background.

Um, KWQC’s studio is in Iowa and sits 1.6 miles across the Mississippi River from Rock Island County. No explanation needed on that one.

And since she was just over the border from western Illinois, perhaps she could’ve mentioned that when talking about how the various regions resonate with her.

Look, sometimes candidates talk so much to so many people in so many towns and then get so tired from all that yakking that their talking points just automatically take over. If you watch the video, she looks relieved when she gets back to familiar ground.

I’m not trying to pick on Rep. Ives here. This stuff happens perhaps more often than you’d think. And, frankly, my brain is a little bit fried as well these days. I don’t know how these people do it.

I need a nap.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - City Zen - Thursday, Mar 1, 18 @ 4:26 pm:

    Isn’t the station’s first call letter a giveaway?

  2. - Nearly Normal - Thursday, Mar 1, 18 @ 4:26 pm:

    And we need a little Zen moment with one of our favorite dogs!

  3. - Plainfield Progressive - Thursday, Mar 1, 18 @ 4:38 pm:

    I think Linda Ellerbee is still alive

  4. - Claud Peppers - Thursday, Mar 1, 18 @ 4:43 pm:

    That station was at one time called WOC where Ronald Reagan did a radio show.

    Doesn’t she have some staff that could get her the local papers to review before she speaks?

  5. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Mar 1, 18 @ 4:43 pm:

    Told you I needed a nap. Lol

  6. - RWP - Thursday, Mar 1, 18 @ 4:44 pm:

    Rich: I think Ms. ellerbee is still alive as well.

  7. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Mar 1, 18 @ 5:24 pm:

    Campaigns are tough on everyone, candidates and their familes especially.

    They can use some “clear your head time” sometimes more than the Crew.

    Gotta respect someone putting their name on a ballot.

  8. - Farm boy - Thursday, Mar 1, 18 @ 5:45 pm:

    Here is the wikipedia definition of downstate. It is a little embarassing that the reporter didn’t know this.

    Downstate Illinois is all of Illinois south of the Chicago metropolitan area, and is generally meant to refer to everything outside the Chicago area. Some cities in Northern Illinois, such as Rockford[1][2][3] (which is north of Chicago), are also considered to be “downstate”.[4][5] Prior to the issuance of 2000 Census results, when it became part of the Chicago metropolitan area, even DeKalb (located 65 miles west of Chicago) was often considered to be “downstate”.[6][7][8]

    The term has been part of the Illinois lexis for decades,[9] and is commonly used by the media.[10][11][12] The General Assembly (the state legislature for Illinois) regularly makes uses the term in the titles of bills it passes.[13]

  9. - Anon1602 - Thursday, Mar 1, 18 @ 7:41 pm:

    Never been on the trail, but guessing it can be like bands on tour not knowing what town they’re in sometimes.

    As for ‘downstate’, hate the term. Like most everyone, I’ve seen towns/areas outside of the suburbs called that, even if they were geographically north of the center of Chicago. I know it’s not going away; at least they now use a capital ‘D’.

    My windmill to tilt at, I guess.

  10. - Chambananon - Thursday, Mar 1, 18 @ 7:56 pm:

    @Farm boy:

    Wikipedia definitions are only as good as their sources — in this case, all of the cited sources are Chicago-based publications (Sun-Times, Reader, Tribune). Find me a QC-based or Rockford-based source that self-referentially uses the term “Downstate” and I might begin to think the reporter got this wrong.

  11. - Stand Tall - Friday, Mar 2, 18 @ 8:28 am:

    Live just outside the Quad City area and we consider ourselves downstate because we are outside of the Chicago area. Our local stations are channels 4, 6,8 and 18 out of the the Quad Cities and newspapers are Quad City Times and RI Argus/Dispatch which would refer to this area as downstate when talking Illinois politics.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Reader comments closed until Tuesday
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Tribune asked 16 mayoral candidates to release tax returns, 6 complied
* A rough idea of what they're looking at
* Question of the day: Golden Horseshoe Awards
* Rauner was wrong about "record levels" of unionization
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY: Stava-Murray updates
* Pritzker's inauguration ball tix will benefit Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic and Illinois Fairgrounds Foundation
* Rauner claims he's been too busy to reflect on his term
* Pritzker's day in DC
* *** UPDATED x3 - Morrison wants emergency meeting of ILGOP - McConnaughay explains - Schneider responds *** Rauner says he tried to drop out of race after primary
* Feds re-raid Ald. Burke's office
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...






Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0

Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller