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Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019

* We talked the other day about the advice various folks gave new Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot via the Center for Illinois Politics. They were also asked about their own personal “mantras” while they were serving in public office. Here’s DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin’s mantra

I try to figure out how we can advance a cause every day, and so I try to put aside the politics and the pettiness and the personalities which can be very hard. I try to keep my eye on the ball and make sure we’re moving down the field.

* Former AG Lisa Madigan

Use your power for good. And always remember that you are a public servant.

* Former Cook County Assessor Jim Houlihan

What would my mother think?

* The Question: What’s your personal “mantra”?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

74 Comments
  1. - NoGifts - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 2:03 pm:

    Clean living pays off. And put in a days work for a days pay and do the best job you can.


  2. - L.A. - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 2:05 pm:

    Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.


  3. - Anon E Moose - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 2:05 pm:

    Do no harm


  4. - A guy - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 2:07 pm:

    Consistently remind yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing while you’re doing it.


  5. - Kentucky Bluegrass x Featherbed Bent x Northern California Sinsemilla - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 2:09 pm:

    Be the ball


  6. - Commonsense in Illinois - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 2:09 pm:

    It’s not about me…I don’t care who takes the credit.


  7. - Streator Curmudgeon - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 2:09 pm:

    You can only do your best. You can’t do more than that.


  8. - Tommydanger - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 2:11 pm:

    If you would be comfortable reading on the front page of the paper what you said or did, then go ahead and say or do it.


  9. - Give Me A Break - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 2:14 pm:

    Never ever forget the people who helped you along the way and remember when someone asks you for help, someday helped you.


  10. - I like Ike - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 2:16 pm:

    Gently in manner, strongly in deed.


  11. - Someone you should know - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 2:16 pm:

    To Thine own self be true


  12. - Honeybadger - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 2:16 pm:

    What would Rich Miller do?


  13. - Iggy - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 2:17 pm:

    if all else fails, become a state worker.


  14. - Honeybadger - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 2:17 pm:

    Will this pass the Oswego Willy smell test?


  15. - PublicServant - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 2:18 pm:

    Early to bed, and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise…I’m 0-3, but still … oops late for bed, gotta run.


  16. - Leon Durham - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 2:22 pm:

    zevon’s

    enjoy every sandwich


  17. - A guy - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 2:24 pm:

    Will it play on both sides of Peoria?


  18. - Cheryl44 - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 2:27 pm:

    Learn something every day.


  19. - Steve Rogers - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 2:29 pm:

    If you don’t take a genuine interest in the job you’re doing, colleagues around you will notice and follow suit.


  20. - Blue Dog Dem - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 2:35 pm:

    Refuse to partake in our current two party system


  21. - @misterjayem - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 2:36 pm:

    ‘What’s your personal “mantra”?’

    At least I can serve as a cautionary tale…

    – MrJM


  22. - revvedup - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 2:39 pm:

    Every decision you make is a mistake.

    Also, if you can keep your head while all about are losing there’s, it’s just possible you don’t understand the situation — Playwrite Jean Kerr.


  23. - Cubs in '16 - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 2:40 pm:

    “What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.”-Albert Pike


  24. - SSL - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 2:44 pm:

    Live beneath your means.


  25. - twowaystreet - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 2:45 pm:

    There’s balancing act between passion and reason.


  26. - Al - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 3:07 pm:

    Do a good job, but not too good. Get your job done timely, but not too quickly. Play dumb all the time. Don’t embarrass yourself. When confronted with criminal activity do not report it internally or it will bite you in the rear. Always report criminal activity to the Fed’s and only the Fed’s. Do not trust State’s Attorneys nor the Attorney General with it. They will simply use it for horse trading at best. Never do anything Extra as it will never be appreciated.


  27. - Norseman - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 3:10 pm:

    Always ask because the worst thing a person can answer is no.


  28. - Peorgie Tirebiter - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 3:12 pm:

    Those who know the least talk the most. Do not speak unless it improves upon the silence


  29. - West Sider - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 3:13 pm:

    As someone with a do-gooder bent, I temper my inclination by remembering: “the road to Hell, is paved with good intentions”.


  30. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 3:14 pm:

    If you’re going for another job, make sure you show you do your current job best.

    The rest will take care of itself.


  31. - {Sigh} - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 3:17 pm:

    Never forget where you came from.


  32. - Me - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 3:21 pm:

    Marc Antony’s eulogy to Julius Caesar “…the good men do is oft interred with their bones.” Albert Pike takes on Shakespear. My bet is with Bill S


  33. - Glengarry - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 3:22 pm:

    What would Brian Boitano do?


  34. - Da Lobsta - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 3:32 pm:

    “Know thyself.”

    Also…

    “It’s all in the hips.”


  35. - Langhorne - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 3:37 pm:

    Zeke advice to new members—

    If you are interviewed by the FBI, make sure you have your lawyer present. Not that you’ve done anything wrong, but you don’t want to get somebody else in trouble by accident.

    It made an impression, especially on the spouses.


  36. - Christopher - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 3:38 pm:

    Try to leave things a little better than you found them.


  37. - Honeybear - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 3:42 pm:

    How can I blame Rauner for this?


  38. - A guy - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 3:48 pm:

    Poo flows downward and payday is Friday.


  39. - taxrate62 - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 3:51 pm:

    My personal mantra is to not believe the mantra of politicians.


  40. - flea - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 3:51 pm:

    Give more than you ever take…


  41. - Rudy's teeth - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 3:56 pm:

    if you’re ever arrested, tell ‘em your name is Harry Green and you’re an orphan.


  42. - JoanP - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 3:56 pm:

    “It’s just stuff.”


  43. - Liandro - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 4:01 pm:

    Is this action more or less likely to improve the community’s future–a future which my four children will inherit?

    usually shortened to: “Leave it better than I found it.”


  44. - Jocko - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 4:03 pm:

    Don’t burn any bridges…it’s a smaller world than you think.


  45. - Shrimp gumbo - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 4:04 pm:

    don’t take no wooden nickels.


  46. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 4:09 pm:

    “Don’t Make No Waves…Don’t Back No Losers”

    Sometimes… comments aren’t meant for…

    …who they’re meant for.


  47. - Harvest76 - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 4:09 pm:

    Just keep laughing. There is something funny in every situation.


  48. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 4:10 pm:

    What goes around, comes around. As you sow, so shall ye reap. Do unto others etc.

    Karma is a female dog.


  49. - Ike - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 4:13 pm:

    No good deed goes unpunished


  50. - Interested - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 4:22 pm:

    “Always be mindful of the goal. Anyone who stands in the way, out with ‘em. It’s a rough, tough game.” - Jacob Arvey


  51. - NothsideNoMore - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 4:25 pm:

    You took an oath of office, do the job that you’re sworn to do.


  52. - Keyrock - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 4:26 pm:

    Do the right thing.


  53. - Generic Drone - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 4:31 pm:

    No one is guarenteed tomorrow.


  54. - Cable Line Beer Gardener - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 4:48 pm:

    Do something positive for the environment every day.


  55. - up2now - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 4:52 pm:

    Act as though my mom and the county sheriff know what I’m doing.


  56. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 4:53 pm:

    This applies to everybody, but is intended here for all of the new people in both Governor Pritzker’s and Mayor Lightfoot’s administrations:

    “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”


  57. - Leslie K - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 5:16 pm:

    Do the right thing, the right way. Also, remember that the person who reports to you today might be your boss tomorrow.


  58. - RNUG - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 5:26 pm:

    These days … I’m so glad I’m retired

    When working …

    Remember, your job as a manager is to be right at least 51% of the time

    You can’t please everyone

    As good as you think you are, it still occasionally takes luck to achieve your goal


  59. - walker - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 5:49 pm:

    Grandstanding is a waste of everyone’s time.


  60. - Huh? - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 5:49 pm:

    Something my grandfather once said. To set the timing, in the late 1960’s there was a serious problem with feral dogs around his farm.

    Grandpa said if you are going to kill a feral dog, you need 3 things: a rifle, a shovel, and a closed mouth. The rifle to shoot the dog. The shovel to bury the carcass. And a closed mouth because you never know whose dog you killed.

    To move to more modern times. The last can be translated to “if you are going to do a potentially bad deed, don’t post it on facebook.


  61. - Amalia - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 6:25 pm:

    Am I doing good?


  62. - The Young Gov - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 6:32 pm:

    Purpose over position


  63. - Just Me 2 - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 7:14 pm:

    What if what I’m doing were to end up on the front page of the Tribune?


  64. - Tim - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 7:18 pm:

    Don’t vote for Illinois Democrats.


  65. - Huh? - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 7:44 pm:

    Don’t do or say anything that could end up in the newspaper that you wouldn’t want to explain to your grandmother or your 5 year old child.


  66. - Enviro - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 7:48 pm:

    Two wrongs don’t make a right.


  67. - cc - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 7:52 pm:

    Try to make decisions based on wants and needs.


  68. - Wensicia - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 7:54 pm:

    Respect others’ point of view and stay true to your own.


  69. - DuPage Bard - Wednesday, Jun 26, 19 @ 10:35 pm:

    Karma’s a b#%$&


  70. - Pacman - Thursday, Jun 27, 19 @ 6:23 am:

    Do the right thing, for the right reason, at the right time.


  71. - d. p. gumby - Thursday, Jun 27, 19 @ 8:25 am:

    Don’t create and live in a bubble.


  72. - Tommydanger - Thursday, Jun 27, 19 @ 8:53 am:

    If I’m the smartest person in the room, we’re all in trouble.


  73. - Unle Ernie - Thursday, Jun 27, 19 @ 9:06 am:

    Always tell the truth


  74. - Dirty Red - Thursday, Jun 27, 19 @ 9:36 am:

    Would this make it passed the blog’s filter?


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