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Thursday, Jan 28, 2021

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- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - PublicServant - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 5:30 am:

    Cantanzara. He gone. Consequences.

  2. - Roger Abbott - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 6:16 am:

    I’m curious, Rich, why you and Speaker Welch refer to Rep. Kelly Burke as “Leader” in today’s Cap Fax? Am I missing something? Or possibly it’s protocol that once a Leader, always a Leader, even if they are no longer such?

  3. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 7:13 am:

    They found that Catanzara filed two false police reports. Such a law and order guy.

  4. - Flyin' Elvis'-Utah Chapter - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 7:21 am:

    Regarding Catanzara-

    I spent over 20 years in law enforcement, but I’m now retired, so I can grow a wino beard.

    Dude, shave. Maybe I’m old school, but unless you’re on assignment look like you actually represent something.

  5. - starman - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 7:22 am:

    managed care is completely broken in IL. anytime legislation is filed to address its shortcomings, the MCOs are amazing at attending meetings and saying we will get back to you on that. they stall, bills die, and problems continue. providers are treated like criminals who are denied their payments due from the MCOs, and given no relief from the agency that oversees them. its pathetic that its been able to go on this long. i hope that speaker welch doesn’t stop at enforcing the bep goals, but rather take these MCOs to task and make sure that the providers who are caring for patients are not placed below the insurance companies in the eyes of hfs. its downright criminal what the MCOs get away with here, yet legislators have allowed them to get away with it. they know all about it, and they have for years. fix it!

  6. - Dysfunction Junction - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 8:16 am:

    Apparently, Springfield firefighters will soon be getting access to the U of I-developed saliva test for COVID.

    For whatever reason, this test seems to raise hackles among some of the local pundariate. My opinion is that we shouldn’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. If these relatively quick, cheap tests mean more firefighters on the job until they get vaccinated, I’m all for it.

  7. - Give Me A Break - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 8:31 am:

    The pattern of winter not starting until late January continues here in central Illinois. Been mild till now, snow and ice yesterday, bitter cold this morning and now possible flooding rain for Saturday and Sunday.

    Come on Spring

  8. - BTO2 - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 8:33 am:

    Watching GMA on Channel 20 in Springfield, banner across bottom of screen says it’s 50 degrees out.

  9. - Give Me A Break - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 8:35 am:

    BTO2 that would be fine with me. HA

  10. - Anyone Remember - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 8:41 am:


    Once in the Reagan / Bush Sr. drug era, Channel 20 talked about the Space Shuttle Columbia … and the graphic behind the presenter was a map of the country Columbia.

  11. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 8:49 am:

    Would like to clarify my statement on swearing yesterday. I got overzealous and said I swear a lot. I do my share of swearing, but it’s not like every sentence. Also, social skills are highly valuable, as is keeping employment, so I never swear professionally or anywhere it’s inappropriate. Know the audience and have a mutual comfort level first.

  12. - thechampaignlife - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 9:01 am:

    Mary Miller tweeting about International Holocaust Remembrance Day yesterday is rather disingenuous given who she was quoting just 3 weeks ago.

  13. - Essential State Employee - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 9:10 am:

    Got to work safely and in one piece this morning. Springfield got over 3 inches surprise snow yesterday (after only an inch or less predicted), and all city roads (including major ones) are in horrible shape this morning. Probably only one snowplow trip down College Street west of the Capitol Complex since the snow began. Horrible road conditions around the capitol this morning even with only 3 inches of snow.

  14. - thisjustinagain - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 9:13 am:

    “Channel 20; We’re first in getting the facts second.”

    To Catanzara: He is not “gone” by any stretch; the filing of disciplinary charges by the Police Board, and him being stripped of police powers, does not mean he’s gone.

  15. - don the legend - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 9:29 am:

    Essential: Live on Springfield’s north end. All roads to downtown clear and melted. Side roads (College street) are gotten to after the main arteries and dozens of identified trouble spots are clear and safe. It was only 14 hours since snow stopped. Have a little patience.

  16. - WestBurbs - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 9:38 am:

    For anybody interested in “progressive” vs “moderate” Dem politics, watch what is happening in Oak Park. “Defund the police” battles, village trustee inciting “riot” (with property damage) at mayor’s house, trustee going on Proft show to defend “whiteness,” trustees screaming profanities during meetings (including a “F*** No” vote), old school residency challenges knocking hard left Black candidates off the ballot. All bathed in incredible vitriol. Fun to watch if you think politics is sport; sad if you believe in good governance and community.

  17. - Amalia - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 9:49 am:

    Naperville’s own, Candace Parker coming home to play for the Sky. Nice(banned punctuation)

  18. - Commisar Gritty - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 9:54 am:


    Thanks for the info, will check it out later. Sounds awful

  19. - Cool Papa Bell - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 10:16 am:

    About roads: Move north… and then realize that in many large cities they don’t even bother plowing side streets until the snow really piles up.

    One snow and the plow critics are already out. 3 inches of snow folks. If you can’t get through that on your own might be time for new tires.

  20. - Candy Dogood - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 10:19 am:

    Ken Griffin might have attracted some heat to himself after Citadel backed Robinhood blocked opening new positions on heavily shorted companies like GameStop or AMC, after Citadel provided billions of dollars to Melvin Capital in exchange for a share of future earnings.

    On it’s surface it seems like something that should be securities fraud, or worse.

  21. - Streator Curmudgeon - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 10:50 am:


    Maybe I’m naive, but I was a bit surprised yesterday by how many commenters seemed proud that they swear a lot.

    Considering the past four years, I wonder what the response would have been to the question, “Do you pray, and if so, how much?”

  22. - Roadiepig - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 10:59 am:

    On my way to the post office this morning here in Decatur I noticed a guy wearing only a t-shirt and jeans holding up two signs on a busy intersection on the south side of town. I couldn’t read all of his writing, but his shirt was white with black lettering (not handwritten), and it said “China Joe Biden ” and some smaller letters , plus had an arrow pointing to his crotch ( I guessing the smaller lettering wasn’t positive) . The signs were covered with scribbles , lines and who knows what else conspiracy theory he was espousing . By the time I came back his way he was gone (cold maybe?) so I couldn’t get a photo or read more of his thoughts. The Q-feed crazies are still proudly among us, I’m afraid

  23. - Cool Papa Bell - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 11:01 am:

    @Streator - a choice to swear or pray has no direct bearing on your morals or character.

    Neither indicate a thing about one type of person being “better” than another.

  24. - WestBurbs - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 11:18 am:

    For those interested in Oak Park - here is an article on the ballot challenge. Basically, candidate who pretty clearly lives at his parent’s house in Oak Park made a bunch of false statements under oath about a place he owns in Lombard in order to get fed bankruptcy exemption, homeowners exemption, and a HUD loan on parent’s home. So rock and hard place — were you lying then or are you lying now - actually the legal issue is a bit more nuanced due to vague/differing definitions of “residency” but the factual issue is pretty clear. “Community” ignores all that and says it is nothing but racism/classism (which, of course, may be the objector’s motivation, but facts and law are stubborn things).

  25. - Essential State Employee - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 12:32 pm:

    With Alexi now in the running for SOS, is it just me or does anyone else think Pat Quinn is actually going to put his hat in the ring for either SOS or another statewide office next year? Since if I recall correctly, he hasn’t sat out a midterm election since about ‘82 or so.

  26. - Redditor - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 1:26 pm:

    Ken Griffin taking massive heat. Citadel reloaded their shorts before Robinhood stopped trading certain stocks.

    If this is true, Ken Griffin could be in a boat load of legal trouble.

  27. - Cheswick - Thursday, Jan 28, 21 @ 1:58 pm:

    Boone’s reopens Tuesday after a brief closure…
    The new owners took over this established business during a statewide dine-in ban and the legislature out of session…
    Initial kitchen hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. Dine-in, take-out service available. Phone: 679-3752.

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