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Tuesday, Apr 7, 2020

* Have at it.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Wappah - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 9:25 am:

    While I don’t think it’s the biggest deal in the world (or even
    a big deal at all), Lori Lightfoot getting her haircut did rub me the wrong way.

    She’s doing a phenomenal job, but I do think this was a easily avoidable mistake. Either we’re all in this together and suffering together, or we arent.

  2. - Otter Typo - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 9:26 am:

    That haircut, Lori. Dumb. Good luck with the warm weather today.

  3. - Former Local Prosecutor - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 9:27 am:

    Lori, besides the haircut the police union is going to demand in arbitration what you gave the CTU. Governing ain’t easy.

  4. - muon - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 9:36 am:

    I noted yesterday that the IHME model for COVID-19 deaths in Illinois didn’t match the IDPH numbers for April 4, and looked like they added together April 4 and 5 into one day. I sent them an email yesterday and nothing changed in the latest update. If anything IHME is reporting data even farther away from the IDPH stats.

    Total deaths
    April 3: IDPH 210; IHME 210
    April 4: IDPH 243; IHME 274
    April 5: IDPH 274; IHME 340
    April 6: IDPH 307

    These are not the projections from IHME, these are the input data to their model. Their first projection is for April 6 and is 422 total deaths, and the minimum of their range is 330 compared to 307 reported by IDPH. It would be nice to see an explanation of the discrepancy.

  5. - A Guy - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 9:38 am:

    Good Morning fellow aliens.

  6. - ChicagoVinny - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 9:42 am:

    Having cut my own hair over the weekend, I’m sympathetic to the Mayor. I only have to appear on a webcam with colleagues, she has to appear on TV for hundreds of thousands. Women are judged more harshly on their appearance than men.

    Maybe it was a mistake but it was a very human mistake, and I’m willing to cut her some slack.

  7. - nobody - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 9:45 am:

    Ignoring social distancing and stay at homeorders isn’t just suicide, it’s homicide.

  8. - West Sider - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 9:45 am:

    Rich, let me take this opportunity to say thank you for this extraordinary blog.
    I thought the last decade, with a housing collapse, a former Illinois state legislator as President, overlaid by the Rauner trainwreck, were weird and exhausting.
    And then 2020 happened.
    So thank you again for the blog and your extensive reporting. (And Oscar)

  9. - Anyone Remember - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 9:50 am:

    West Sider -
    The start of the housing collapse coincided with the end of the Blagojevich train wreck, and both trials were within the last decade. What a long strange trip its been.

  10. - Cubs in '16 - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 9:51 am:

    State employees working from home is proving to be a challenge for me and my coworkers. Systems are crashing and connectivity is often poor or non-existent. Our laptops run on Windows 7 and tech support ended last Jan. I can’t open many email attachments because of incompatibility. The State simply didn’t have the IT infrastructure in place for this to work.

  11. - JoanP - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 9:55 am:

    It’s an absolutely *gorgeous* day here in Chicago. I’m going for a walk (with a mask and staying as far from others as I’m supposed to).

    See you all later. ;-)

  12. - Southern - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 9:56 am:

    The State simply didn’t have the IT infrastructure in place for this to work.

    DoIT has been around a while, and it has been a failure. It should be the first thing that gets eliminated during the upcoming budget cuts.

  13. - Leatherneck - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 9:57 am:

    Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner is at it again. Signing a city resolution only urging, not forcing, stay-at-home compliance. Sheesh.

  14. - Practical Politics - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 9:58 am:

    I am wondering how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the Illinois newspaper industry? Sales have to be taking a hit as there are few workers picking up print copies of the papers.

  15. - Anyone Remember - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 9:59 am:

    Windows 7? Another consequence of hollowing out state government (thank you Blago / Filan / Quinn) and 2 years without a budget (thank you Rauner).

  16. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 9:59 am:

    This horrible and tragic pandemic has put a new and pointed light on governors.

    While the federal government has refused to use the levers they have or used them in restricted ways which isn’t helpful at times, governors had to basically run small countries, bidding against other “countries” (states) while others, like Oregon helping New York, are dispatching diplomatically aid to others in need.

    Border “countries” see this situation different, governors there might see our governor one way, while they both see a 3rd governor another way.

    All 50 of these countries are bidding against FEMA, which ends with a rising cost of losing bids, and still not getting all these small “countries” need.

    A reason the Articles of Confederation was considered weak was the distancing of one nation in more aspects. Those touting state’s rights are ones with less restrictive rules that even this White House suggests.

    Governors should be judged how they decided to ensure the safety and well-being of their states is being implemented, and how they listen to health professionals to save lives. I’m grateful here in Illinois.

  17. - West Sider - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 10:04 am:

    Anyone Remember- oh right we impeached a Governor too. Good times.

  18. - la dictadora - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 10:08 am:

    It’s not a mistake that high-level leaders with (allegedly) functioning teams around them make. How do they let her walk into that trap and how do they not prepare her with the right response? If JB would’ve done that (which he wouldn’t have gone about it the way she did because he has sense) his team would’ve better prepared him on how to respond. Also, I would argue that she really hasn’t been that impressive through all of this, but she’s been able to follow JB’s leadership, empathy and decision making, and that’s made her look good. Also some meme maker helped humanize her in a way she and her team could never quite do. It might’ve been a little better if she highlighted in her response the truth that women are judged much more critically and superficially than men and it’s that blowback that requires her to be much more aware of her appearance. She couldn’t articulate that and so her response made it worse. As usual, she gets in her own way.

  19. - Rutro - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 10:13 am:

    The mayor is going to have to
    Reopen that ctu contract

  20. - Practical Politics - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 10:15 am:

    Once the crisis passes, there will be time to analyze how well the governments (state, local and federal) responded to the pandemic. It will also be a time to consider how well the same governments were prepared for COVID-19.

    Given how Illinois has operated for too long, my guess is that equipment and supplies were not stockpiled here and what was on hand was quickly depleted.

    Time will tell.

  21. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 10:20 am:

    === Given how Illinois has operated for too long, my guess is that equipment and supplies were not stockpiled here and what was on hand was quickly depleted.===

    Explain FEMA.


  22. - fedup - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 10:22 am:

    Proud that as a state vendor, our agency was able to move to a 100% work-from-home stance early (3-16-20) and did not miss a beat providing essential services. Very appreciative of the staff who worked hard to make this happen way before this was a blip on the radar.

  23. - fs - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 10:24 am:

    == While I don’t think it’s the biggest deal in the world (or even
    a big deal at all)==

    When you’re telling people who cut and style hair for a living that they can’t work, and can’t receive a paycheck, and then turning around and bringing in your own hair stylist…it’s not a small deal. The phrase “let them eat cake” comes to mind.

  24. - Jocko - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 10:39 am:

    I wouldn’t want have been stuck in quarantine in Brant Walker’s house yesterday.

  25. - TinyDancer(FKASue) - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 10:55 am:

    =They just announced a new airborne coronavirus stain, COVID-2020.=

    Links, please.

  26. - Stones - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 11:00 am:

    It would take me more than a pandemic to use a flowbee. Just sayin’.

  27. - Skeptic - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 11:04 am:

    “[DoIT] should be the first thing that gets eliminated during the upcoming budget cuts.” DoIT is funded by chargebacks from other agencies. That’s why it costs them $120/mo for a mediocre PC.

  28. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 11:08 am:

    “Links, please.”

  29. - West Side the Best Side - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 11:12 am:

    Covid 2020 - Nothing on the Google machine or the news. Was that supposed to be snark? Lori’s hair cut was tone deaf after her PSAs and her response just arrogant politician like. JB just comes across as a real human being.

  30. - West Side the Best Side - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 11:19 am:

    Grandson - Thanks, question about snark answered. Looks like you posted while I was writing.

  31. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 11:21 am:

    “Covid 2020 - Nothing on the Google machine or the news. Was that supposed to be snark?”

    Yes, sorry. I didn’t make it absurd enough.

  32. - Leatherneck - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 12:06 pm:

    Pawnee High School (about 15 miles south of Springfield) is the first school I’ve heard of, at least in the Springfield area, to have already announced their Prom is cancelled. They will definitely not be the last.

  33. - WeAreAVillage - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 12:44 pm:

    I found yesterday’s briefing to be horrifying on so many levels it’s impossible to articulate. A few links instead: (including this to show IG of HHS long-term fed employee, appted in current post Jan 2020)
    (Pres Trump seemed unaware of report — talk about failure of prep by inner circle — and never said anything to acknowledge issues id’d worth looking into)

  34. - Disgruntled Unionis - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 1:54 pm:

    Lori gets a haircut and people lose their minds. Meanwhile Toni, Kim, Tom, and Tim play hot potato with the disaster that has been the County’s Criminal Justice system and Jail. It’s the largest hotpsot in the country and the usual suspects are looking for something to squash “Stay at home” Lori’s popularity.

  35. - TinyDancer(FKASue) - Tuesday, Apr 7, 20 @ 2:06 pm:

    Remember having fun outside? And Crowds?

    Happy Passover! (Does this place look familiar?)

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