Well here we are, Friday before Memorial Day and the GA is in session. Some things are normal.
- Joe Bidenopolous - Friday, May 22, 20 @ 9:15 am:
I’m wondering who was responsible for the music playing yesterday on the livestream in the time between Exec and Session that was a hot bed of late 70s-early 80s music. It included:
Def Leppard - Photograph
REO - I’m gonna keep on loving you
Journey - Separate Ways
Eddie Money - Take me home tonight
Toto - Hold the line
ASia - Don’t cry
ZZ Top - Gimme all your lovin’
The Who - Who are you
Heart - Crazy for you
Asia and Eddie Money actually had a couple of spots on the playlist. I like to think Jessica put it together.
A big shoutout, again, to all the support Staff and Crew, both chambers, all four caucuses.
Also, to those working to assist all those members and support folks… those working hard at the Capitol, the BoS, in every way to have those buildings and facilities open, thank you for all you’ve done, and doing, to help facilitate the necessary work others are doing in the legislative branch.
Stay safe, stay well, all.
- Downstate Region - Friday, May 22, 20 @ 9:29 am:
Curious to hear the Governor explain how Restore IL is a “regional” plan when all regions will progress on the same timeline. The plan’s rules — including using May 1st as a hard start date, ignoring a region’s hospitalizations and positive-rates prior to this date, and requiring 28 days between phases — effectively make it impossible for the non-NE Regions to move faster than the NE Region.
Based on how the Governor’s office structured the Restore IL plan, the entire state will be treated the same, but it allows the Governor a talking point that it is “Regional” plan.
The regional approach may become more apparent as we move from phase 3 to 4 as its much more performance based. Hospital surge capacity, broad testing availability regardless of symptoms and 90% contact tracing following a positive test. We might see some big regional differences based on these metrics.
Only New York and New Jersey have had more infections.
This push to ignore a whole, by parsing and ignoring travel and the reality of more infections WILL happen after things are loosened… that’s not reading numbers well either.
- Downstate Region - Friday, May 22, 20 @ 9:49 am:
Stu — The positivity rate metric is tied to a 14-day timeline. Thus, NE only had to have improvements on a shorter timeline to get to Phase 3, whereas all other regions were already significantly under the 20% threshold yet were stuck in the 28-day period for the hospitalizations metric. If one was cynical, you could say the 14-day metric was included to allow NE a month to get to the 20% number. And with the drastic increase in testing (which is awesome and a good thing!) this was surely to happen by 5/29/20.
=== If one was cynical, you could say the 14-day metric was included to allow NE a month to get to the 20% number.===
“Because Chicago” is old, tired, and ignoring the lives lost to this virus and the many people who travel this state, region to region, and the idea that science and safety for ALL regions in a state only behind New York and New Jersey in infections is driving the plan… not “because Chicago”
If it was “because Chicago”… Mayor Lightfoot would arbitrarily follow the Governor’s plan.
Are you saying that you or someone close to you has had Covid-19? If yes, sorry to hear that, hope all is well, and glad to have you back.
- Downstate Region - Friday, May 22, 20 @ 10:10 am:
OW — My point is not to blame or disparage Chicago. My point is if the plan is set up so as to not allow any region to move faster than any other, how can you call it a regional plan. It is a regional plan in name, but in practice it is a state-wide plan. If that’s what the Governor wants to implement, that’s his prerogative — but he should call it what it is — a state-wide plan.
Already spent a couple of hours yesterday at Camp Butler putting flags on family member’s graves. WW II, Korea, and Vietnam veterans. The staff there was getting all the big flags out and hung for the weekend.
Judging by the number of other grave site flags, a number of other people have been doing the same thing this week.
@RNUG: Thank you. My grandfather, who was KIA in Italy in 1944, is buried there.
- Grandson of Man - Friday, May 22, 20 @ 11:02 am:
We’re almost at Phase 3. That’s something to which we can look forward. Illinois shows a pattern of increased testing and plateau of new cases, which is good. Texas, for example, has had decreased testing and increased new cases in the last few days. Pritzker is moving cautiously. Trump is irresponsibly screaming to reopen.
“My point is if the plan is set up so as to not allow any region to move faster than any other, how can you call it a regional plan.”
So what you are says is if each region is attaining the same goals at the same time, the regional plan suddenly becomes a statewide plan?
That isn’t how Pritzker’s plan is set up. However, that is how the plan is working out. It is still a regional plan, no matter how much you bend, fold, spindle, and mutilate your logic.
- Downstate Region - Friday, May 22, 20 @ 12:03 pm:
Huh — If the Restore IL plan would not have included the arbitrary May 1st start point that did not include a look back for past hospitalization and positive-test rates, then three of the four regions would be in Phase 3 now and moving onto Phase 4. This is a consequence of the plan that the drafters would have known they created it. The plan on its face is “regionalized” but the plan in practice is state-wide.
- Downstate Region - Friday, May 22, 20 @ 1:11 pm:
OW — my argument didn’t post, but I think your response “The dorm rooms are closed for the school year” is very good and I will heed your call. Have a good day and nice weekend. I hope things continue to trend positive and we make progress as a state. :)
On Memorial Day I shall put out my flag, and later take it down near dusk while playing “Taps” on my cellphone, standing with my hand over my heart and saying “Thank You” to all those now serving, and for those who paid the price in war and peace for our country, including our disabled veterans.
The Legislature’s music should have included Kenny Loggin’s “Danger Zone” from Top Gun. Bailey should have been escorted out to “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye”.