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Thursday, Jan 28, 2021

* I don’t care what anyone says about him, I like Jim Durkin. Yeah, we disagree on a lot of stuff, but that’s not the point. He’s a decent man and a good legislator. Today is his birthday. I think he’s 75. Not sure. Here he is from the before-times with 2020 Golden Horseshoe Award-winner Eleni Demertzis and former Bulls great Horace Grant. It’s Eleni’s birthday today as well…

- Posted by Rich Miller        

31 Comments
  1. - Politi-no - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 2:55 pm:

    “Eleni’s birthday today as well”

    Wow. What a coincidence.


  2. - JoanP - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 2:58 pm:

    Happy birthday to both.


  3. - Dave Dahl - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 3:05 pm:

    Grant poses with the birthday folks after a day of lobbying for a gambling bill — er, visiting lawmakers — on the Senate floor


  4. - Dan Johnson - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 3:07 pm:

    Happy birthday! If only national Republicans were like Jim the country would be in a far more stable, safe place.


  5. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 3:08 pm:

    “It’s not personal Leader Durkin, I’ve always liked you”. Happy Birthday. Keep up the good fights.

    Eleni Demertzis, my best, happy birthday, and a well earned Golden Horseshoe.

    “Caption?”

    Members of the party of Lincoln take a picture with Grant.


  6. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 3:10 pm:

    “No, Demertzis was already standing on a box.”


  7. - Third Reading - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 3:11 pm:

    Grant: I thought you were Tom Cross.
    Durkin: That’s OK, I thought you were Harvey.


  8. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 3:14 pm:

    “Horace, I think some of the eastern bloc have Orlando Magic jerseys they’d like you to sigh, but first, a picture”


  9. - OneMan - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 3:15 pm:

    Fortunately for the photographer, the State Treasurer was unable to join them for the photo since the office wasn’t big enough for them to back up enough to get all 4 in frame


  10. - Joe Bidenopolous - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 3:16 pm:

    I mean…75 is snark, right???


  11. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 3:18 pm:

    A Bulls legend stands with the captain of the political equivalent of the Washington Generals.


  12. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 3:21 pm:

    It’s not how Tex Winters drew it up, but here is the Triangle offense (fig. A)


  13. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 3:23 pm:

    “Ok, Horace, now one picture with the RecSpecs, just for us”


  14. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 3:25 pm:

    “Tell Mr. Reinsdorf, if we can get the inflatable Benny the Bull to fly over the chamber, we can deliver, say, 12-13 votes on that alone.”


  15. - Donnie Elgin - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 3:25 pm:

    =I think he’s 75. Not sure=

    I’m sure you’re just pulling his leg and all, but according to the Wiki…

    James Brian Durkin (born January 28, 1961) is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives,


  16. - Just Another Anon - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 3:38 pm:

    “OK, so if Horace can unplug the clock, we can pass a bill to keep the Bulls playing in Chicago.”


  17. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 3:45 pm:

    While all smiles, Durkin looks at Grant and wonders what might have been had he perused basketball instead of the law and politics all those years ago.


  18. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 3:48 pm:

    “Mr. Grant, we’re big fans, Eleni and I both, but I’m Jim *Durkin* not Arne *Duncan*. Sorry. Can we still have picture?”


  19. - West Side the Best Side - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 3:52 pm:

    That Irish white hair just makes guys look older.


  20. - Been There - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 3:52 pm:

    === I don’t care what anyone says about him, I like Jim Durkin. Yeah, we disagree on a lot of stuff, but that’s not the point. He’s a decent man and a good legislator. Today is his birthday. I think he’s 75. Not sure.====
    I could have written this exact same thing about him. Agree 100%. Well except for the birthday part. I still need his support on some legislation.


  21. - Leslie K - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 3:55 pm:

    ===If only national Republicans were like Jim the country would be in a far more stable, safe place.===

    I couldn’t agree more with that statement (although I would say “more national Republicans”; some are). Not a fan of many of his positions, but definitely a fan of how he handles himself and how he does his job. I don’t have a good caption; just a Happy Birthday to them both [exclamation point]


  22. - Monroe Steet View - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 4:02 pm:

    Happy happy birthday to Leader Durkin! Milestone birthday - 60th!


  23. - Old Norseman - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 4:11 pm:

    Eleni to self: “If I scoot over a little more towards Horace, I can have the photographer photoshop Jim out of the picture.”


  24. - Numbers matter - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 4:18 pm:

    The Washington Generals didn’t spend $40 million for a net loss of 1 seat.


  25. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 4:24 pm:

    === The Washington Generals didn’t spend $40 million for a net loss of 1 seat.===

    It was a net 1 gain.

    Still super-minoritied, but a +1 gain.

    “Caption?”

    While Demertzis‘ skill as a press flack is celebrated, Horace Grant surprised Durkin asking her about her basketball skills and career that once made her a feared off-guard during her glorious playing days.


  26. - Numbers matter - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 4:37 pm:

    Irony over your head I know, but for the record, Team Madigan spent $40 million of a net loss of 1 seat. With a rigged map. Caption–Speaker Durkin.


  27. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 4:43 pm:

    === Team Madigan spent $40 million of a net loss of 1 seat. With a rigged map.===

    (Sigh)

    Nah. It’s not lost on me

    === With a rigged map.===

    “Ok”, LOL “rigged”…. whew.

    Dems went from a zenith of 74 seats, most ever for that caucus… to a minuscule… 73.

    Yikes, I needed that laugh.

    “Caption?”

    It took a number of years but Durkin and Demertzis have completed their Grant Twins picture set.


  28. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 4:50 pm:

    After Leader Durkin hired a new research assistant, he and Demertzis became the prohibited favorites to win the 3 on 3 legislative co-ed basketball tournament.


  29. - SouthSide Markie - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 5:03 pm:

    == He’s a decent man and a good legislator. ==

    ===If only national Republicans were like Jim the country would be in a far more stable, safe place.===

    Couldn’t agree more and couldn’t say it better. Happy Birthday, Mr. Leader.


  30. - OneOpinion - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 6:31 pm:

    75…younger than I thought.


  31. - Essential State Employee - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 8:06 pm:

    Looks like a new Sesame Street skit, “Tall, Taller, Tallest.”


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