Max Scherzer provided some unique insight yesterday into ongoing negations between the clubs & the players. I wonder if it was a tactic to just turn up the heat on the owners? or are they owners not being outright truthful about the $$. Hopefully they can get on the same page soon or there will be no baseball this summer.
I agree on the Portillo’s proposed location at the old Walgreen’s in Parkway Pointe. Parkway Pointe is a horrible location traffic congestion-wise for anything. But if they insist on being in Parkway Pointe, there’s also the old Baker’s Square location down the street.
But I agree that they need to go in the old O’Charley’s in Prairie Crossing.
But a big difference between building in Parkway Pointe vs. Prairie Crossing is School District. Parkway Pointe still falls within Springfield District 186 (and believe it or not, due to the 1970s desegregation lawsuit Parkway Pointe actually falls within Southeast HS’s attendance area). While Prarie Crossing is part of the Ball-Chatham (aka Glenwood) school district.
However, I will say that I don’t think anyone 40-50 years ago–when the Parkway Pointe stretch of Veterans Parkway was first proposed, built, and opened–could have even fathomed the extent in which both the West Side and Chatham have grown by now. Maybe a little bit of Chatham growth could have been envisioned but not a city in its right with at least 11K population and still counting.
- Bruce( no not him) - Thursday, May 28, 20 @ 9:35 am:
I’m getting a haircut tomorrow. It’s ridiculous how happy I about a haircut. My last one was January 29.
How about two Portillo’s in Springfield, if they insist on being at the traffic-congested Parkway Pointe Walgreen’s site. The other one could be on the Northeast end somewhere north of Dirksen and Sangamon, near Walmart.
Here’s an excerpt: “The first woman to vote in Illinois was Ellen Martin on April 6, 1891. She was a Chicago attorney who lived in Lombard. The incorporation statute of Lombard noted that all citizens above the age of 21 could vote. Martin went to the polling place, and the election judges were so flabbergasted that one fell backwards into a flour barrel. The judges eventually allowed Martin to vote, and Martin gathered up fourteen additional women to vote also. . . “
Hating the unknown. Still no word if we’re going back to the JRTC next week (and as anyone can tell you who has waited for and gotten into an elevator there in the morning, that place will have no viable plan for anything). Stressed out.
OW is spot on about the Grant miniseries. It was great and brought back to the fore so many of the incredible things he did and fostered. To think IL produced both Lincoln and Grant at the same time causes a step back in awe.
I don’t know if the rest of the JRTC is affected, but Secretary White’s press release from Tuesday on driver facility reopenings mentions this: “Chicago Central located at the James R. Thompson Center and Chicago Loop Express located at 69 W. Washington will reopen July 1 because these buildings will not be opened to the public until that date.”
Here’s another great alternative location for a Portillo’s in Springfield–or any other fast food restaurant that’s not here but is interested in opening their first SPI location:
The site of the old Hardee’s at the Toronto Road exit (southeast corner). That has now been closed and vacant 15 years now. Has lots of parking available and is better to get in/out of than the Parkway Pointe Walgreens.
That site would also be a great location for fast food places common in the St. Louis area if they decide to have a Springfield location. Such as Jack-in-the-Box, Waffle House, and White Castle. In fact, the closest Jack in the Box is Litchfield. Which is reasonable distance from Toronto Road for that restaurant’s franchisee to open a potential Springfield location if they chose to do so.
There were more protests yesterday in downtown Springfield–but this time they were by SJR employees and community members protesting Gannett Co.’s (who bought the infamous Gatehouse Media) decision to move the SJR’s print deadline to 4PM. Meaning coverage of City Council meetings and high school sports in the evenings won’t be in the print paper until two days after the event occurs–if at all.
So glad that our state legislators are heralding on social media that they will not get a raise this year. Such courage. Such sacrifice. No pay raise for their part time job. Millions of of their fellow Illinois citizens stand in solidarity with them.
My mind is confused about that, actually. Still strong on doing what must be done, but feeling it beginning to chafe. More and more wanting to be out on a blacktop somewhere with the camera, looking for material. Cancelled three shoots in SE Utah around Monument Valley and the Moab area, doing same with one in Taos. Know these are the right decisions, can’t help feeling this is a lost spring at an age when I don’t have very many springs left to shoot actively in the field. Wondering about prospects for the fall, doubting there’ll really be any then, either. It’s an evil thing we’re all fighting
Because I get that these are my own small piffling concerns and there’s a national crisis that’s far from over, is even showing signs of heating back up. I really, fully get that I’m talking about an infinitesimally trivial loss against a background of incalculable human tragedy. And I’ll act accordingly.
But that’s when the anger starts, anger at the stupidity, the arrogance, the ignorance, the selfishness displayed by far too many people throughout the crisis and now seemingly growing daily. The ordinary people and so-called leaders whose callousness and ignorance keeps them from doing the right thing. The ones whose abysmal lack of moral discipline will continue making this worse and kill more people. If I think about it too much, I stop being angry and become screaming, sometimes hatefully mad.
So I try not to think about it too much, but then I’m back to wishing I could be out on that blacktop with the camera, headed somewhere new.
Like I said, my mind’s confused about what’s on it.
That’s there’s gonna be a major surge in Covid-19 cases and deaths as people stop following precautions; I’m seeing customers in stores without masks, and stores refusing to even tell them to get out. I’ll be wearing my homemade ones for a long time at this rate….
Everything that has occurred in the last 19 years because of 2,977 deaths and the excuses that were made to do those things and when we reach a number like one hundred thousand we have folks running around pretending that it’s a conspiracy and sowing the seeds of the deaths of the next hundred thousand with stupid and anti-social behavior.
I dwell on this often, especially with the timing being so close to Memorial Day — were folks sought to observe the solemn holiday in fashions that will help fill our hallowed grounds with the remains of more of our countrywomen.
For those returning to work in the Capitol Complex Monday (at least Secretary of State staff), I just received word that the Stratton and Howlett cafeterias (if you go to them) will not be re-opening on Monday. Not even for grab-and-go food. No date is set yet for their reopening. Also, the cafeteria areas are not to be utilized by staff, and tables/chairs have been removed.