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Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020

* I’ve been trying to pull together some longish posts on a few topics and finally looked at the time. Oops. So, talk amongst yourselves, but be nice to each other and keep the conversation Illinois-centric. Thanks.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

21 Comments »
  1. - njt - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 9:20 am:

    So how bout them Illini


  2. - sammiches - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 9:23 am:

    Watching Coach O and LSU made me sad that Illinois has no state identity. There could never be an Illinois Coach O.


  3. - RIP Terry Deering - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 9:25 am:

    What is going on in Piatt County? Board chairman arrested???


  4. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 9:34 am:

    Pretty good marijuana sales for the first 12 days of legalization, it seems: $19.7 million. When more dispensaries open, boy will the money roll in. There will be so much money made, lots of money, maybe more money than anybody’s ever seen. Believe me.


  5. - Jocko - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 9:39 am:

    To add to GoM, 14 days in and the sky hasn’t fallen with regard to marijuana legalization. You know things are going okay if the Trib’s biggest complaint is reduced supply.


  6. - Just Me 2 - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 9:42 am:

    If Madigan is forced out, who takes his place?


  7. - Ed Equity - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 9:49 am:

    I hope a woman of color. If Illinois changes, might as well go “all in”.


  8. - 10th Ward - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 9:51 am:

    @just Me 2– Mikey Zalewski would be my choice. Tackles tough issues… but I’m sure downstate Reps would not like another Chicago Speaker?


  9. - 32nd Ward Roscoe Village - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 9:57 am:

    “…keep the conversation Illinois-centric”

    So I can’t talk about Harry and Meghan? Darn. Okay maybe I can spin it like the Tribune: “Northwestern grad and husband leaving British royal family.”


  10. - Change - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 10:02 am:

    I just read a mailer sent to me by Rush Darwin. I am very impressed how much of a humanitarian he is. Wow just wow. He is the greatest.


  11. - illinifan - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 10:10 am:

    Okay Illinois budget experts, it is worth looking at what AZ has achieved. From $1 billion in debt to a $1 billion surplus. Even with this surplus they are proposing a 3.5% income tax surcharge on incomes of singles over $250,000 and couples over $500,000 a year. They also tax all income. They do have a booming economy but a lot of low wage jobs. But there has to be some ideas here that we can use.


  12. - efudd - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 10:15 am:

    DuQuoin just landed a hemp processing plant.
    Thinking this industry will reap benefits for years to come.


  13. - Anyone Remember - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 10:15 am:

    =But there has to be some ideas here that we can use.=

    A wind/weather screen in Galena to keep the cold winter weather from the Northwest out of Illinois?


  14. - Jibba - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 10:59 am:

    19.7 mil tax receipts in 2 weeks is over 500 mil in a year. Not far off the estimates, and badly needed. Time will tell, though.


  15. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 11:11 am:

    “19.7 mil tax receipts in 2 weeks is over 500 mil in a year. Not far off the estimates, and badly needed. Time will tell, though.“

    That would be sales revenue, and that’s only with the limited amount of dispensaries at this point. Many more dispensaries are coming.

    Mayor Lightfoot said she has the votes for on-site consumption licenses in Chicago (taken up in committee today?). The aldermanic Black Caucus has issues with on-site consumption places, that they would be trouble magnets.

    Being a tourist with no place to smoke is a drag (for those who want to smoke and not eat/drink), skulking around in hotel parking lots and other places, and with hotels being non-smoking. There should be legal establishments where tourists and others can smoke, and there will be, as the law allows it in dispensaries and smoke shops. It would be wonderful to serve coffee in those joints, like in Amsterdam.


  16. - Ron Burgundy - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 11:16 am:

    It’s 2 months out and it already looks like Rich is gonna have his hands full moderating the Rush Darwish Appreciation Society here. For our new visitors, mindless rah rah cheerleading doesn’t sit well here for any candidate. Good luck to the guy, but I think at best he gets enough votes to play spoiler for Lipinski.


  17. - Just Me 2 - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 11:27 am:

    Re: Progressive income tax. I would be more inclined to support it if someone — anyone — can explain to me what the money would be used for. All I’ve heard so far is that the rich aren’t paying their fair share.


  18. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 12:23 pm:

    The Chicago on-site marijuana consumption vote is being delayed indefinitely, after pushback from downtown City Council members and the Black Caucus. Because so many local governments voted yes for recreational marijuana sales, maybe some of them will vote in favor of on-site consumption. There should be consideration also for tourists, as that stands to be a big part of the legalization picture.


  19. - R A T - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 1:07 pm:

    We need like buttons….

    “…keep the conversation Illinois-centric”

    So I can’t talk about Harry and Meghan? Darn. Okay maybe I can spin it like the Tribune: “Northwestern grad and husband leaving British royal family.”


  20. - Nearly Normal - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 1:18 pm:

    Info on Piatt County Board Chairman indictment–

    https://www.wcia.com/news/local-news/county-board-chair-indicted-by-grand-jury/

    Moral of the incident– don’t tamper with the county’s states attorney’s email before you send it to the newspaper and don’t hire an outside attorney without approval of the board for $9,000 in fees.


  21. - MakePoliticsCoolAgain - Tuesday, Jan 14, 20 @ 1:55 pm:

    I can’t believe it has been a year since the Inauguration and the Governor’s Inaugural Ball. Hands down, the best party Springfield has ever seen. That party brought so many different people together to just have fun - breathed life back into a city and culture that desperately needed it (banned punctuation).


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