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Herald-Whig goes ga-ga for JB

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2019

* Yesterday’s Quincy Herald-Whig editorial twice used the word “wise” to describe Gov. JB Pritzker’s personnel choices (plus one more in the headline), scolded those who say he’s not hiring or appointing fast enough (tell that to the people overwhelmed with work because of the lack of hiring) and claimed the governor has a “genuine concern” for the local veterans home and the region. The editorial board’s conclusion

There are a number of much-needed projects on the horizon, and we will need the governor’s support to make them happen.

A new bridge at Quincy, four-laning Ill. 57 south from Quincy to the Interstate 172 interchange, finishing the remaining two lanes for the Macomb Bypass and work on the Mid-America Intermodal Authority Port all are key to the region’s economic success, and support from the new governor would be invaluable.

Pritzker in our meetings seems to think differently than some previous governors. A true entrepreneur, he does not appear to be the party-first-variety Democrat, but rather one who balances his progressive stances with a practical approach.

The state’s future will be rocky with problems and rightly pitted with intense policy debates. While we do not see eye-to-eye with the governor on some policies, we think Pritzker’s wisdom in proceeding cautiously and selectively has set up both his administration and the state for success.

We welcome in good faith the debates ahead, and we look forward to more capable, professional selections to help lead the Land of Lincoln forward.

Whew.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

18 Comments
  1. - A Jack - Tuesday, Mar 19, 19 @ 10:03 am:

    That is pretty good for an area that seemed to me obsessively pro-Rauner.


  2. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Mar 19, 19 @ 10:03 am:

    Looks like the Herald-Whig is 100% on board with JB’s marijuana plans.


  3. - West Sider - Tuesday, Mar 19, 19 @ 10:07 am:

    What every editorial should say, at this point. I am so over hectoring editorials. I am sure JB will earn his share of criticism- but give him the room to make his own mistakes, before piling on.


  4. - Earnest - Tuesday, Mar 19, 19 @ 10:15 am:

    The prospect of a capital bill is a heady thing. It’s a refreshing change from editorials about the powerlessness of a governor and how Madigan really runs the state.


  5. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Mar 19, 19 @ 10:18 am:

    The Oakley tradition lives on by using the paper to pucker up and plant on the incumbent Democrat while begging for the road money. I’d bet my last dollar come election time they’ll endorse the GOP candidate even if it’s a sock puppet and JB funds their projects.


  6. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Mar 19, 19 @ 10:55 am:

    –That is pretty good for an area that seemed to me obsessively pro-Rauner.–

    Dead vets will probably cure you of that.


  7. - Jibba - Tuesday, Mar 19, 19 @ 10:58 am:

    Really big wish list. Every small town wants this stuff for generic “economic development,” but most projects are not justified on need, especially in a fund-limited time.


  8. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Mar 19, 19 @ 11:03 am:

    Except for when they didn’t
    https://www.whig.com/article/20061021/ARTICLE/310219960


  9. - City Zen - Tuesday, Mar 19, 19 @ 11:06 am:

    ==finishing the remaining two lanes for the Macomb Bypass==

    The Rauner Memorial Freeway or Western Memorial Freeway?

    Is there that much traffic bypassing Macomb?


  10. - Not a Billionaire - Tuesday, Mar 19, 19 @ 11:13 am:

    There is no traffic bypassing Macomb


  11. - Not a Billionaire - Tuesday, Mar 19, 19 @ 11:23 am:

    Illinois 57 doesn’t even carry 5000 vpd per getting around Illinois. So more money Quincy wants to waste.


  12. - Annonin' - Tuesday, Mar 19, 19 @ 11:43 am:

    They are probably happy because Team JB has not killed anyone over there. Meanwhile how is GovJunk’s grand jury goin’?


  13. - JS Mill - Tuesday, Mar 19, 19 @ 12:04 pm:

    ===finishing the remaining two lanes for the Macomb Bypass==

    The Rauner Memorial Freeway or Western Memorial Freeway?

    Is there that much traffic bypassing Macomb?=

    The “bypass” is a complete joke. The last two times I drove on the by pass I counted cars that I encountered. Grand total of 11 combined on two occasions.

    To be completely transparent, I only used it so I could speed and time how long it took. I didn’t rally need to take it, getting through the greater Macomb megalopolis doesn’t take very long.


  14. - Not a Billionaire - Tuesday, Mar 19, 19 @ 1:01 pm:

    My wife and I timed it. One of us went through town one bypass. Bypass was a fraction of a mile longer and saved a whopping 2 minutes.


  15. - Yesterday’s Chairman - Tuesday, Mar 19, 19 @ 1:16 pm:

    Yeah, sure, and their Raunerite Princess state senator will either torpedo the hoped-for approps, or just take credit for anthing that comes her district’s way. Not a good dynamic in this part of the state.


  16. - Perrid - Tuesday, Mar 19, 19 @ 1:30 pm:

    “Rauner’s Princess” is more than a little misogynistic my friend. Rethink your rhetoric please.


  17. - Blue Dog Dem - Tuesday, Mar 19, 19 @ 2:03 pm:

    IMO it sounds like succotash being consumed at the pig trough.


  18. - Streator Curmudgeon - Tuesday, Mar 19, 19 @ 2:21 pm:

    When your name goes back to a party that went extinct in the 1850s, you’re gonna get some editorials that sound like they were written then.


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