* You have to read the whole thing to appreciate just how awful this story is. Here we have a couple of Illinois Department of Corrections employees traveling to Washington, DC to protest in favor of overturning a legitimate presidential election and it’s all presented by the Galesburg Register-Mail as some fun little road trip…
When Anthony Tew made his way into President Donald Trump’s rally Jan. 6, he was not expecting that day would become infamous.
Tew, a corrections officer at Hill Correctional Center, and a friend, Correctional Officer Lee Gabbert, were on their way back from a trip to Chicago for a court appearance when he joked with his friend about attending the rally. It started as a joke, but he had some time off coming up, and his friend did too.
The two left on Monday afternoon, Jan. 4, arriving on Tuesday morning. After seeing the sites nearby and checking into their hotel room, they arrived at the rally at 6 a.m. Wednesday. […]
When Trump left, the two joined the march for a short stretch in a large group. Once they neared the Capitol building, Tew and his friend departed, tired from standing around for five hours. When they made it back to their hotel room, the insurrection had already begun.
* Meanwhile, same newspaper company, same day…
As she prepared to board a military aircraft bound for Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Airman Bridget Wood admitted she didn’t get a good night’s sleep.
A member of the Illinois National Air Guard, she is one of 200 guard members being sent to the nation’s capital amid concerns about the potential for violent protests surrounding President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. The mission’s historic nature and last week’s deadly riots resulted in a powerful combination of adrenaline and nerves that kept her awake.
“You’d have to be a little bit crazy if you didn’t feel nervous,” said the 20-year-old from Morton. “But I’m also excited to be going.”
Eighteen members of the Illinois Air National Guard’s 182nd Airlift Wing left their Peoria base Thursday morning. The group consisted entirely of security forces, a reflection of a recent FBI warning about the possibility of armed protests surrounding the swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20.