The Illinois Capitol Complex is usually very busy with large rallies in April, but #coronavirus has changed the status quo. Thousands of gun owners normally fill the streets during IL Gun Lobby Day. Organizers hope they can hold their event later this fall. #twillpic.twitter.com/BR8FyIKWkZ
What happened to the old adage, “in order for it to be news, first, it must happen?“ Literally, nothing happened. How can it be a story? So much good, important journalism to be done right now, and this is the focus? What a shame.
Can’t wait to turn on the evening news tonight to see this reporter ask the audience to close their eyes and imagine what might have been in an alternate universe. /s
I miss the opportunity to sit in the gallery and see good legislation being debated, not the feel good nobody opposes bills but the ones that have a real impact on people and in my opinion are positive for the state.
I miss the least those unseasonably warm days sweating in a business suit. I love the weather just not when i have to be in a suit and am outside.
Most: seeing groups of schoolkids taking in the majesty of democracy and self-governance (seriously) in an ennobling setting (our Capitol building is beautiful.) Some will come back as elected officials or staff one day.
Least: Monday night fundraisers. When the ethics working group gets back to it I hope this is one practice they will recommend we ban. It looks bad and it wastes everyone’s time (which we ought to appreciate these days is actually quite precious) for a purpose that could be accomplished in other ways.
What I miss most is just the entire process. Watching new bills be introduced, and tracking their progress from committee to amendments to votes. Learning about the strange details about how the sausage is actually made, specifically seeing just how many bills consist of nothing but removing the word “and” from an existing law, and replacing it with the word “and”. I’m still learning about all the reasons why this is done, and I always look forward to learning more about how the entire process works.
What I miss least is Brad Holbrook, and Allen Skillicorn. They aren’t even funny anymore, just sad.
I miss seeing people I’ve known and worked with for years, but now only see in and around the Capitol, and I’m only there late in the Spring session. I miss how much earlier Spring arrives in Springfield than in Chicago. I miss Kathleen at the Globe.
I don’t miss walking the hard floors and waiting interminable lengths to see the legislators I need to see, stalking them and hounding their assistants. I’m sure they don’t miss that either.
What I miss most about session is what I miss most about everything right now - seeing and connecting with other people. I have a lot of friends I see during and outside of session, but I also have a lot of friends that I pretty much only see during session and I miss you all (well, most of you anyway).
What do I miss least? Oh how do I count the ways? Interstate 55 probably wins, but committee hearings and check-the-box to-dos are close runner ups.
Miss most: watching the IGOLD parade struggle down the street, and wondering why so many of the men in yellow T-shirts are so overweight that they look like they could use an electric mobility cart with an oxygen tank. Wondering why so many of the men have full grey beards and look like clones of Mike Rowe, Valinda’s husband? Is it deliberate plan to imitate the appearance of the guy in TV pickup truck commercials?
Miss least: former NRA lobbyist Todd Vandermyde whipping up the troops at the convention center. So glad that NRA fired him so he can’t do any more damage.
What you “miss” in your rant about out of shape IGOLD participants is they are dedicated to the point that yes some of them probably should be on oxygen, but they are marching for what they believe in. What do you believe in?
Miss Least: Email alerts that there has been the 10th rules report…by 2:00pm
Miss the Most: Lou Lang in the chair. I realize he has been out for a bit but man could he charge through the calendar.
Magoo what you said…Believing in the Constitution good place to start IMO … I’ll take that as my level set regardless of the issue and that applies to the State as well. Really miss the interaction with all the good folks in the business that many of us are committed to. Hope All of You are Safe and Well.