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Musical Interlude: Try (just a little bit harder)

Friday, Oct 19, 2018

* WGN TV went on a safari of sorts to interview voters at a tavern in “feels rural” Moline

WGN traveled to western Illinois where just south of I-80, you hit Ronald Reagan Trail. It takes you to Reagan’s birthplace and boyhood home. Farther west is Moline, one of the Quad Cities bordering Iowa. Moline is urban but feels rural.

Some people at Kavanaugh’s Bar in Rock Island discussed their views on the upcoming election.

Bob Westpfahl said there’s only one party and person to vote for: the Republican Party and Gov. Bruce Rauner. However, he said he didn’t necessarily like the governor, but said he’s better than “the second evil.”

Rod Simmer, a loyal Republican said he’s worried about the economy.

Westpfahl is only identified as “Bob” in the broadcast version of the story. Bob happens to be a Republican member of the Rock Island County Board. Rod Simmer is a chiropractor and member of the embattled Hope Creek Care Center advisory board who came under fire this month for anti-union comments.

* Meanwhile, this Sun-Times headline, “Alderman’s wife works City Council floor to build support for city treasurer bid,” was indeed a bit much…


Rep. Conyears-Ervin has an MBA and was a manager at Allstate and CS Insurance Strategies.

* Also how does one go about “boldly” violating a seldom-enforced rule?

Conyears-Ervin, wife of Ald. Jason Ervin (28th), boldly violated the seldom-enforced rule that only former aldermen are allowed on the City Council floor.

Except for when they’re voting, my impression is it’s pretty wide open and loose in the council’s chambers.

* There’s plenty of time for another story, but it does seem like a pile-on…



* More from that piece

Her entry into the race begs the question of whether politicians should be elected to managerial positions with the city.

OK, that’s a legit debate, but her specific entry “begs” this question… why?

* On to today’s tune

- Posted by Rich Miller        

17 Comments
  1. - Skeptic - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 11:48 am:

    Along with QotD and OscarPics™, I see this musical interlude thing becoming a regular feature here. And that’s good.


  2. - West Sider - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 12:00 pm:

    *The Bright One* Ain’t. And not by a country mile.


  3. - Anonymous - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 12:01 pm:

    I live in Conyears-Ervins district. Every year she sends me a birthday card, the first year I got a card from her the return address label was placed on top of another address that was for he husbands aldermanic office. She used city property to mail her political birthday card for her state rep office.

    Classy


  4. - Grand Avenue - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 12:03 pm:

    She would not be a state rep if her husband hadn’t played games to get the incumbent state rep, Pamela Reeves-Harris, to withdraw after the filing deadline when Conyears-Ervin had filed on the last day.

    She was GIVEN her state rep seat by her husband. It was an absolute slap in the face to democracy.

    I hope Pawar runs and wins in a landslide.


  5. - wordslinger - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 12:12 pm:

    –WGN traveled to western Illinois where just south of I-80, you hit Ronald Reagan Trail. It takes you to Reagan’s birthplace and boyhood home.–

    Tampico and Dixon are both well north of I-80, Columbus.

    Does WGN stand for “World’s Goofiest Navigator?”


  6. - Louis G Atsaves - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 12:14 pm:

    Looks like Conyears-Ervin just got Mungered. Soon we will articles and comments about her sharp elbows.


  7. - City Zen - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 12:21 pm:

    Guessing “State Representative and former insurance manager with two college degrees works City Council floor where husband serves as Alderman to build support for city treasurer bid” was a bit too wordy for a byline.


  8. - wordslinger - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 12:29 pm:

    –Looks like Conyears-Ervin just got Mungered.–

    She got a do-nothing, six-figure state job?


  9. - JoanP - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 1:00 pm:

    =Her entry into the race begs the question of whether politicians should be elected to managerial positions with the city.=

    The writer clearly has no clue what “begging the question” means. (Yeah, pet grammar peeve of mine!)


  10. - Fax Machine - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 1:08 pm:

    This is unnecessary whining by people looking for a reason to be offended.

    If Dan Burke were at the City Council trying to get support because he wanted to run for City Clerk, the headline would be “Ed Burke’s brother works City Council floor” not “State Rep works Ciry Council floor.”


  11. - Just Observing - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 1:17 pm:

    === If Dan Burke were at the City Council trying to get support because he wanted to run for City Clerk, the headline would be “Ed Burke’s brother works City Council floor” not “State Rep works Ciry Council floor.” ===

    Probably not.


  12. - Roman - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 1:17 pm:

    The “wife” angle is disappointing, but probably reflective of the Sun-Times’ City Hall-centric view, in addition to the soft sexism. Fran Spielman did lede with “State Representative” in the story, by the way.

    Shoddy political coverage from Chicago’s broadcast news outlets is par for the course. Mary Ann Ahern and Amanda Vinicky are rock solid, but otherwise Chicago’s microphone-holding reporters have no understanding state politics. In the old days, one of the Chicago outlets would have swept up Mark Maxwell by now, but sharp reporting on Springfield isn’t valued anymore.


  13. - Not Bob Westphal - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 1:34 pm:

    I hope Bob Westphal paid cash at Kavanaughs. Ask other bars about non sufficient funds Westphal. You must have pulled the needle out of the haystack. Kavanaughs is an Irish blue collar union bar most of the time.


  14. - Fax Machine - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 1:35 pm:

    Alternatively if Justice Anne Burke were there (not campaigning obviously) the headline would be Justice Anne Burke is at the City Council meeting. Because Supreme Court justices matter. Mushroom state reps don’t.


  15. - Former qc reporter - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 3:02 pm:

    Simmer (R) is also on the Rock Island County Board. But Kavanaugh’s is a nice watering hole. WGN must not have had the gas budget to continue past the metro QC and get out into the rural areas.


  16. - JDuc - Friday, Oct 19, 18 @ 4:14 pm:

    Won’t you try just a little bit harder,
    Couldn’t you try just a little bit more?
    Won’t you try just a little bit harder,
    Couldn’t you try just a little bit more?


  17. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Monday, Oct 22, 18 @ 9:29 am:

    ==She was GIVEN her state rep seat by her husband. It was an absolute slap in the face to democracy.==
    Since then Conyears-Ervin has won a race so you can consider the face of democracy unslapped now.


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