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A quick swing through the Eastern Bloc

Tuesday, Dec 8, 2020

* Your Darren Bailey for Governor campaign slogan suggestions?…

* Meanwhile, in other Eastern Bloc news, here’s the Center Square

The governor had a different level of ire for a Chicago alderman and a Republican state Representative who separately violated COVID-19 safety protocols.

State Rep. Brad Halbrook, R-Shelbyville, said the indoor party he hosted Thursday in Douglas County was a Christmas get together to “celebrate victories and freedom.”

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Halbrook should have known better.

“Shame on him for having people in a room, packed together, not wearing a mask,” Pritzker said. “[Halbrook] knows better, he should know better, if he doesn’t, maybe he shouldn’t be in the General Assembly.”

Photos posted on social media show attendees close together and not wearing masks. Halbrook said nobody was forced to go.

“I didn’t make any of those recommendations,” Halbrook told WMAY. “Everybody knows what it is, it’s hammered into them 24/7, 365, and so anybody and everybody knows what those recommendations are. The big issue is most those people there are not big fans of government control in their lives, they’re not big fans of the governor.”

In Chicago, Alderman Tom Tunney apologized for his “error in judgement” in recently serving people inside his Ann Sather restaurant.

“I’ll tell you what the difference is, by the way, the alderman admitted that he shouldn’t have done it,” Pritzker said.

Tunney admitted to serving patrons inside after a Chicago blog posted about it.

“OK, but Brad Halbrook, he’s been caught,” Pritzker said. “You think he’s admitting it? No. You think he’s taking responsibility? He has 100 people in a space, he knows so much better than that.”

Halbrook said people have a constitutional right to peaceably assemble.

“It’s really shameful that they report that I was caught having a holiday party,” Halbrook said. “It was out there for all the world to see and anybody could come and go as they wished or chose.”

Ives was interviewed on a talk radio program and said, “I didn’t know that you know anybody cared what I was doing to begin with.” She also repeated Halbrook’s comment about how nobody was forced to show up, and called the legislators who did show up “freedom fighters.”

- Posted by Rich Miller        

73 Comments
  1. - Chicago Cynic - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 11:09 am:

    Bailey: Don’t fight the stupid.


  2. - John Lopez - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 11:12 am:

    So Darren Bailey giving up his state senate seat so quickly to run for governor. Will be interesting to watch. Wonder how all this plays out in contest to replace Tim Schneider as IL Republican Chairman. Put another way, which gubernatorial aspirant will get their man in to replace Schneider?


  3. - NIU Grad - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 11:13 am:

    Bailey for Governor: Salt of the Earth (Salting Your Earth So Nothing Can Grow Again)


  4. - walker - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 11:13 am:

    “Salting the Earth”


  5. - Stormsw7706 - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 11:17 am:

    Freedom fighters ? Lol. I think of people of actually have fought for freedom and fail to see the connection. Just attach the word freedom to anything a person wants to do, legal or not, and this group will chomp at the bit. The British are coming yelled the patriots. Grab you weapons and defend the Buffett.


  6. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 11:18 am:

    === Wonder how all this plays out in contest to replace Tim Schneider as IL Republican Chairman. Put another way, which gubernatorial aspirant will get their man in to replace Schneider?===

    Which of the Eastern Bloc will ruin the party further is a better question.

    The slogans?

    “Bailey/Ives… More Than a White Christmas”

    “Bailey/Ives … Salty Takes, Salty People”

    “Bailey/Ives… Salty White Pure”

    “Bailey/Ives … Believe Us”


  7. - Southern Illinois - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 11:18 am:

    WWDD: What wouldn’t Darren Do?


  8. - Norseman - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 11:25 am:

    Vote for Bailey, the salt of the earth - hypertension is a hoax.


  9. - Universal DH - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 11:26 am:

    Sanford and Son Theme Song


  10. - Highland Il - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 11:28 am:

    Darren Bailey is the Rosa Parks of Southern Illinois? /s


  11. - Ron Burgundy - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 11:32 am:

    Darren Bailey for Governor

    “About to find out why Jeanne Ives doesn’t need those sign posts anymore.”


  12. - TheInvisibleMan - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 11:34 am:

    With apologies to Gene Wilder.

    You gotta remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common ‘clay’ of the new republican party. You know…


  13. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 11:37 am:

    “Bailey/Ives… Two Of Our Own”

    “Bailey/Ives… OK”

    “Bailey/Ives… Salt Shaking Illinois”

    “Bailey/Ives… No Pepper, Only Salt”


  14. - Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 11:37 am:

    We’ll take bad governing all the way up to 11.


  15. - Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 11:38 am:

    That’s the signpost up ahead - your next stop, the Twilight Zone.


  16. - Colin O'Scopy - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 11:38 am:

    I see Jeanne Ives is shedding her lawn sign posts by donating them to Bailey. Does this mean she is forgoing a future run for office?

    And I can’t wait to see the Bailey clan in the remake of the old Christmas classic: “It’s a Wonderful Strife”.


  17. - Ok - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 11:39 am:

    Just like my glasses, when the sun shines, we go dark.


  18. - Motambe - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 11:43 am:

    This criticism obviously comes from the doppelgänger Gov. Pritzker as opposed to the Gov. Pritzker who celebrated Biden’s victory with a maskless sidewalk parade.


  19. - Ryan - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 11:44 am:

    Darren Bailey: Nope.


  20. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 11:44 am:

    Darren Bailey - I break laws


  21. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 11:45 am:

    Darren Bailey- Who needs common sense


  22. - Gruntled University Employee - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 11:45 am:

    “Freedom to super-spread a deadly virus fighters”
    There, fixed it for ya Jeanne.


  23. - Give Me A Break - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 11:47 am:

    Darrren Bailey: God gave me a brain doesn’t mean I have to use it.


  24. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 11:48 am:

    ===who celebrated Biden’s victory with a maskless sidewalk parade===

    LOL

    He was wearing a mask. And he was walking down the sidewalk holding a sign. Go take a nap and then delete your Facebook account.


  25. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 11:48 am:

    Darren Bailey - I fight for your constitutional right to fish


  26. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 11:51 am:

    Darren Bailey - Advocating for death since 2019


  27. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 11:51 am:

    sorry . . . 2020


  28. - Dance Band on the Titanic - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 11:57 am:

    Bailey/Ives - Much More Than Just Two Sticks in the Mud


  29. - Flying Elvis'-Utah Chapter - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 11:57 am:

    Darren Bailey-

    Ensuring Pritzker’s Waltz in 2022.


  30. - Lucky Pierre - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 12:00 pm:

    Darren Bailey northern Illinois launch party at Ann Sather’s date TBD


  31. - Boone's is Back - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 12:00 pm:

    “Give me your trash”- Bailey for Gov.


  32. - Don't Bloc Me In - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 12:00 pm:

    Darren Bailey: What I’ve done to my home counties I can do to all of Illinois.


  33. - DownSouth - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 12:02 pm:

    Bailey/Ives - We the simple people, for the simple people


  34. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 12:04 pm:

    Darren Bailey - Here’s your sign(post)


  35. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 12:06 pm:

    “Bailey/Ives … You Know Why”

    “Bailey/Ives … The Quiet Said Out Loud”

    “Bailey/Ives … Don’t Let Them Win”

    “Bailey/Ives … Just Don’t Say You Support Us”

    “Bailey/Ives … Your Guilty Pleasure”


  36. - DuPage Saint - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 12:06 pm:

    Maybe he can pick up Oberweise’s signs too. He would be set for 20 years. I think I would prefer sign posts from a winner just for luck
    Slogan? Vote for Bailey let the clown circus in


  37. - Flying Elvis'-Utah Chapter - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 12:10 pm:

    How do you finish losing a primary?


  38. - Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 12:14 pm:

    Freedom for your face but not your womb.


  39. - @misterjayem - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 12:18 pm:

    “Your Darren Bailey for Governor campaign slogan suggestions?”

    Vote Chud.

    – MrJM


  40. - The Old Man - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 12:20 pm:

    Bailey campaign slogan: “Taking Illinois Back to the Eighteenth Century”


  41. - SOIL M - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 12:22 pm:

    Darren Bailey For Governor—Because really the State GOP hasnt got much of anything left


  42. - yinn - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 12:26 pm:

    “Darren Bailey: Proudly Channeling Barnum since 2019″


  43. - Quizzical - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 12:48 pm:

    We’re going to make a fence to keep snooty Northern elites from the wholesome part of the State. Please donate stakes and metal wire, we’ll pick it up ourselves.


  44. - Obamas Puppy - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 12:52 pm:

    Please Darren run and I hope you win the primary so JB can whip the floor with your stupidity


  45. - Club J - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 12:53 pm:

    Bailey for Governor: Hello Friends it’s not about winning it’s about your freedom to move to St. John Cemetery after my rally. You know me friends I’m your Freedom Fighter to the end.


  46. - up2now - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 12:54 pm:

    There aren’t enough roads in the 55th District to need that many sign posts.


  47. - RIJ - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 12:59 pm:

    Darren Bailey, tilting at windmills in Illinois.


  48. - Scott Cross for President - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 1:06 pm:

    Fun fact about Darren Bailey - the letters in his name spell:

    “Blarneyed”
    “Deniably”
    “Barnyard”

    100% on brand for him


  49. - thisjustinagain - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 1:06 pm:

    Bailey/Ives: “Because birds of a feather fail together”
    Baily for Gov: “Freedom’s just another word for killing your friends and relatives”
    Ives for Dep. Gov: “Rockin’ the boots, not the logic.” (see recent photo of her in boots)
    Bailey for Gov: “What, me worry?”


  50. - Publius - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 1:12 pm:

    Guess the Republican party won’t been needing those signs in DuPage county anymore. Had Bailey come to pick them up.


  51. - Flapdoodle - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 1:13 pm:

    Dopes Spring Eternal


  52. - In 630 - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 1:16 pm:

    Bailey 2022: Can’t be Wrong About Everything, Right?


  53. - Red Ketcher - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 1:17 pm:

    Bailey for Illinois
    “Til Death Do Us Part”


  54. - Down South - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 1:35 pm:

    Is that listed as an in-kind on a D-2?
    “Build the Fence and Chicago will pay for it”
    “Make Chicago Great Again”


  55. - Jocko - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 2:10 pm:

    Bailey/Ives … “The party of Pro-life…unless it involves the slightest of personal inconvenience.”


  56. - Mrsfloyddog - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 2:45 pm:

    Bailey: Selfie Smiles over Substance


  57. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 2:51 pm:

    Campaign Slogan-

    “Let Me Infect You” (to the tune of “Let Me Entertain You” from the musical Gypsy)


  58. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 2:59 pm:

    Bailey/Ives … Confederate Salters
    Bailey/Ives … Season of Salt
    Bailey/Ives … Salty Lemmings Unite


  59. - JuMP - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 3:02 pm:

    Freedom Fighters =Super Spreaders “Let me lead you to your coffin”


  60. - Annon 128 - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 3:14 pm:

    One man’s freedom fighter is another man’s “super spreader.”


  61. - Big foot - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 3:21 pm:

    Sad but I live in this district.
    There has to be something about Clay County .


  62. - This Just In - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 3:49 pm:

    The next time Ives is mentioned, let’s make sure it is Burl.

    The fall from Roger Eddy to Brad Halbrook is stunning. Like jumping from a plane with no parachute.


  63. - This Just In - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 3:49 pm:

    The next time Ives is mentioned, let’s make sure it is Burl.

    The fall from Roger Eddy to Brad Halbrook is stunning. Like jumping from a plane with no parachute.


  64. - Sweet Mama - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 3:49 pm:

    Bailey/Ives: There hasn’t been enough suffering yet.


  65. - Bruce( no not him) - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 3:57 pm:

    Thanks Jeanne, I’ll return them after I lose, and you can use them for your next losing campaign too.


  66. - Steve Polite - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 4:08 pm:

    Darren Bailey for Governor of South Illinois


  67. - NotMe - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 4:25 pm:

    To the justification that “nobody was forced to show up,” I spoke to a lobbyist yesterday who said they went because they felt obligated to since they work on bills together…we can’t forget the power dynamic here.


  68. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 4:31 pm:

    Bailey/Ives … Cult-i-vating
    Bailey/Ives … Take A Life Changing Chance
    Bailey/Ives … People Who Look Like You
    Bailey/Ives … Denouncing Diversity


  69. - The Dude - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 4:33 pm:

    Darren Bailey: Mr. Tough nose and throat


  70. - Dysfunction Junction - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 4:45 pm:

    That’s right - I’m Darren Bailey, Candidate for Kentuckilliana and driver of the Winnebago.


  71. - justaguy02 - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 6:40 pm:

    Republicans play a dangerous game. It may feel all “woooo… freedom” to emulate the President, unless you have cash and connections to Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody REGN-COV2, you’re cannon fodder in the war against science.


  72. - Lynn S. - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 6:57 pm:

    Rich: “Your best Darren Bailey for Governor campaign slogans?”

    Me, thinking: nope, anything I can think of has language you can’t say on broadcast TV or radio, and would get me banned from this blog until the year 2200 CE. Probably best to pass on this one…


  73. - Sonny - Tuesday, Dec 8, 20 @ 11:07 pm:

    Renting a truck to get $35 worth of sign posts. Smart


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