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Roundup: Bailey calls on parents to remove students from colleges which require vaxes; Davis busted over coal plant whopper; IDCCA books Ossoff for brunch

Monday, Jun 28, 2021

* Sen. Darren Bailey’s Facebook video has 10,000 views

When you talk to your typical establishment politician, they’re going to tell you the same old, same old. They’re going to tell you that ‘Well, I think we have to have a moderate Republican to have any chance of winning the governor’s seat.’ Friends, I want to tell you, there shouldn’t be any such thing as a moderate Republican because a moderate Republican votes for things that are completely against the Republican platform. So I don’t know, maybe there needs to be a third party develop, or maybe some of these moderate Republicans probably need to slide over and run on the Democrat ticket. […]

Just a few days ago, many, many students were calling this coming week and next week to begin enrolling and taking their children to colleges here in the state of Illinois. Just a few days ago, many of these parents began receiving a letter stating that ‘Oh yes if you’re not vaccinated you can’t come on campus.’ So here’s what’s happening and here’s why all this has happened. Governor Pritzker, the governor hand picks the trustees of these colleges. The governor hand picks the people that serve on the Illinois State Board of Education [sic]. They’re not going to do what they want to do, they’re doing what the governor wants to do. So that’s what happens when we have a rogue and tyrannical leader at the helm that wants things his way. That’s why all this is coming.

So, you know, again, stand up to these colleges. Tell them of your disgust on this. And then you’re gonna have to make a hard decision. And that’s simply, probably, pulling your student out of that college and enrolling them in a college that is not going to require vaccinations. That’s what this is all about about. This is a sacrifice, this is the hard part of living in a free Constitutional Republic.

Please pardon any transcription errors.

* PolitiFact Illinois

As Republican operatives were dropping U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis’s name as the next potential rival to run against Gov. J.B. Pritzker, the GOP congressman was in southern Illinois visiting a coal plant that could get shut down if the governor gets his way.

Davis used the visit to criticize the governor’s support for a sweeping energy plan that could shutter every coal-fired power plant in Illinois by 2035, an idea many opponents lambast as one that will kill jobs and hike rates.

Davis called on Pritzker, a Democrat, to spare the Prairie State Energy Campus in Marissa, located south of East St. Louis. The plant provides power to municipalities in eight states, including a swath of Davis’ 13th Congressional District.

“The municipally owned Prairie State power plant is the cleanest coal-fired power plant in the nation,” he said during his June 18 visit. “The company is actively pursuing and adopting additional carbon sequestration and storage and emissions-reducing technologies, and they should receive support from state and federal agencies for their efforts.” […]

His office did not respond to our inquiry asking for evidence to back that up.

Experts told us there are multiple metrics by which to assess how “clean” a coal plant is, but federal data shows Prairie State does not come out at or near the top on any of them.

We rate Davis’ claim Pants on Fire!

* On to the IDCCA…

The Illinois Democratic County Chairs’ Association (IDCCA) is proud to announce United States Senator Jon Ossoff (GA) as the guest speaker at the annual County Chairs’ Brunch.

The County Chairs’ Brunch has a history of attracting some of the highest national officials and is a premier event for Illinois Democrats. In previous years, the County Chairs’ Brunch has had the pleasure of hosting Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (CA), US Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN), and Mayor Pete Buttigieg (South Bend, IN) in the great state of Illinois.

Sen. Ossoff won his seat in the 2020 Georgia run-off, which gave Democrats the crucial 50-seat threshold in the United States Senate. This allows Vice President Kamala Harris to be the tie-breaking vote.

IDCCA President Kristina Zahorik released the following statement.

“I remember just this past January when we all had Georgia on our mind — we waited anxiously to see if Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock would help tilt the balance of the Senate in favor of the Democrats. They did, and we are seeing the fruits of our labor as Democrats in Washington pass legislation like the American Rescue Plan to help our country build back better. Jon Ossoff was the right candidate for the job, and we’re honored to have him join us in Illinois to inspire us to keep our Democratic majority in 2022.”

This year’s Brunch to kick off Democrat Day (now Governor’s Day) at the Illinois State Fair will take place on Wednesday, August 18th at 9:00 am CT at the Crowne Plaza Springfield. More information is available at www.ildccabrunch.org.

That annual brunch has been hugely successful for the IDCCA, but the Democrats haven’t been able to build on that for their concurrent Governor’s Day event. People got tired of listening to the same speeches delivered twice in a few hours, but instead of trying to find another way to interest attendees, the Democrats have basically given up and just hold a reception.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

68 Comments
  1. - Flyin' Elvis'-Utah Chapter - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 11:02 am:

    Senator Bailey, please sir, I beg of you, keep it coming.


  2. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 11:05 am:

    === So, you know, again, stand up to these colleges. Tell them of your disgust on this. And then you’re gonna have to make a hard decision. And that’s simply, probably, pulling your student out of that college and enrolling them in a college that is not going to require vaccinations.===

    “Thanks for letting us know, we have a waiting list here so your choice gives another student an opportunity.”

    - Colleges

    Deny your student an opportunity for quality higher education… to own the libs.

    Hysterical


  3. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 11:07 am:

    === “The municipally owned Prairie State power plant is the cleanest coal-fired power plant in the nation,” he said during his June 18 visit. “The company is actively pursuing and adopting additional carbon sequestration and storage and emissions-reducing technologies, and they should receive support from state and federal agencies for their efforts.” ===

    When you are actively afraid to run against Mary Miller for congress, you say ridiculous things without any facts to back it up.

    Mary Miller must scare the pants on fire off of Davis.


  4. - Roadrager - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 11:09 am:

    “Keep ‘em dumber, keep ‘em voting Bailey.”


  5. - Pundent - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 11:09 am:

    If the ILGOP wants their standard bearer to be an anti-vaxxer, they shouldn’t be surprised when they’re widely-ridiculed as being a party detached from reality.


  6. - Ron Burgundy - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 11:09 am:

    Thankfully unless the student is still under 18 the decision is theirs and not their parents’ decision, though parents can still coerce them financially and otherwise. I hope they don’t. Let the young adults make their own decisions. Education is a danger to people like Bailey and their lies and misinformation.


  7. - ZC - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 11:09 am:

    Sen Bailey’s comments are especially unhelpful in light of emerging data that Americans under 24, are one of the most-unvaxxed subgroups that governments are scrambling how to persuade before “Delta 2.0″ or some other new variant comes along.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/28/us/covid-vaccine-young-adults.html?action=click&module=Spotlight&pgtype=Homepage


  8. - Mr. B.A. - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 11:10 am:

    So, let me get this straight… he is advocating for a third party to start of moderate Republicans or that those same Republicans also just move over to the Democratic Party. Good luck with that if his group wants to have any relevance politically in Illinois in the foreseeable future!
    Also, he wants students and parents to reject Illinois colleges and universities and move out of state. Aren’t he and his ilk the ones decrying the outward migration of people from Illinois? Bahhhh!


  9. - olddog - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 11:12 am:

    Someone needs to hook Rodney Davis’ pants up to a turbine — they’re a renewable energy source.


  10. - Michelle Flaherty - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 11:13 am:

    If the 90s GOP had reacted to science and technology this way, they’d disown the very internet Darren Bailey uses to spread his gospel.


  11. - Grandson of Man - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 11:15 am:

    “pulling your student out of that college”

    What do we have here? Looks like cancel culture (except this cancel culture cancels lives and health with dangerous anti-vaxing). Looks like the “law and order” people also don’t like rules they don’t agree with.

    “maybe some of these moderate Republicans probably need to slide over and run on the Democrat ticket”

    Genius move that will grow the ILGOP. But, it’s clear the only goal is winning only in the district, everyone else be darned. Please proceed.


  12. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 11:18 am:

    If Illinois has 70% at least with one dose of vaccine, Bailey advocating a college boycott helps the majority get more students educated and denies the Covidiots an education to “own” the majority.

    Pritzker couldn’t ask for a better possible opponent… if Bailey can ride “old, angry, white, rural, anti-vaxxing” to the nomination.


  13. - Cheryl44 - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 11:25 am:

    Telling your young adult children what to do is an excellent way to get them to stop listening to you.


  14. - Ducky LaMoore - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 11:26 am:

    “ maybe some of these moderate Republicans probably need to slide over and run on the Democrat ticket.”

    Sure. I mean, all the moderate Republicans are already voting for Democrats thanks to wing nuts like Bailey. The fact that Republicans are in super minority status is proof.


  15. - Hmmm - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 11:27 am:

    Lol, Cheryl that was my first thought too. Quickest way to get a teenager to do something is have a bunch of old people to tell them to do the opposite.


  16. - Norseman - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 11:28 am:

    I would do whatever I could to ensure my child goes to a university that requires vaccination. Of course, I take my counsel from health experts, not politicians.


  17. - Grimlock - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 11:28 am:

    Actually, the schools leave students the option to not be vaccinated and just continue wearing masks. At least U of I and SIU do at this point.


  18. - IlliniVoter - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 11:28 am:

    If Davis is afraid of Mary Miller, why’d he want to run for gov? He’ll be facing a similar electorate except statewide. Moderate Republicans like Edgar, Big Jim, and Topinka are a thing of the past. DuPage isn’t ruby red anymore and county board is blue.


  19. - Nick - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 11:30 am:

    Just wait until these people find out what other things colleges require vaccines for!


  20. - dan l - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 11:31 am:

    Maybe Darren will start his own college to go with his home schooling replacement school.


  21. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 11:31 am:

    === If Davis is afraid of Mary Miller, why’d he want to run for gov? He’ll be facing a similar electorate except statewide.===

    Crowded primary of Trumpkin/Raunerites gives Davis a chance to slip thru with 33-38%

    Going one in one with Mary Miller, he thinks he’ll get beat.


  22. - Montrose - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 11:33 am:

    He knows that universities have required various types of vaccinations for years, right?


  23. - walker - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 11:38 am:

    Just set up vaccination stations at each public university, the week of Freshman orientation or earlier, for anyone to use, and then require masks until a month after the final dose.

    The young folks are often better informed than their parents on political and science issues.


  24. - Medvale School for the Gifted. - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 11:39 am:

    The Dunce Cap Award goes to Bailey.
    The only requirement is that a college student needs to have a vaccination, or they must wear a mask and continue to submit to COVID testing.
    Hard right GOPpers just hate having to make choices, apparently. Nor do they value health, apparently.


  25. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 11:39 am:

    ===maybe some of these moderate Republicans probably need to slide over and run on the Democrat ticket.===

    Since the days of Oberweis, SSM, Pat Brady… to now the silly far right, now the Covidiots who think the election was stolen, JFK Jr is alive, and an insurrection is “ok”… the fringe has wanted the GOP brand… well, they got it it seems… and Bailey is playing to it.

    Might not win statewide in a general election, but it’ll own the libs.


  26. - Huh? - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 11:41 am:

    Montrose beat me to it. What they said.


  27. - walker - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 11:44 am:

    Bailey is Slim Pickens riding the bomb. Whoop it up cowboy.


  28. - zatoichi - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 11:49 am:

    Yes stand up to these colleges that have waiting lists by having more applicants than accepted spots. The number of colleges requiring vax seems to be growing quickly. If I am a college student and a vax allows a return to normal parties, concerts, a social life and time in the library, what will I choose? Tough decisions.


  29. - Roadrager - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 11:59 am:

    ==Aren’t he and his ilk the ones decrying the outward migration of people from Illinois?==

    They’re decrying it as a problem that specifically happens when Democrats are in charge, and will magically disappear if Republicans are put in charge. So encouraging people to leave the state now is just creating proof of concept.


  30. - Ron Burgundy - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 12:01 pm:

    -Just set up vaccination stations at each public university,-

    They were already doing this in the Spring. My kid was fully vaccinated before they came home for the Summer. For incoming students they are saying get it wherever you can, but here are the dates you need to meet to be set by the time classes start. I’m sure they will continue to offer them on campus as well but on a smaller scale.


  31. - Anon221 - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 12:04 pm:

    If I were an of age college student and had a chance to win $1 million or even $100,000 just by getting a COVID-19 vaccination, that might outweigh Baileyism. And as others are pointing out, there are other vaccinations that are required for attending college/university, as well as pre K-12. Is he encouraging boycotts on those as well???


  32. - 47th Ward - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 12:08 pm:

    ===This is a sacrifice, this is the hard part of living in a free Constitutional Republic.===

    I disagree. Listening to Bailey spout this gibberish, and understanding and supporting his right to do so, is the hard part about living in a free Constitutional Republic.


  33. - Pundent - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 12:09 pm:

    To the extent there are any moderate Republicans left they seem to have been largely rendered speechless. It used to be that when someone advanced fringe ideas they would be called out on it by the party itself. Today all we hear is crickets. If the ILGOP hopes for relevancy in the near or even long term they need to start calling out this nonsense. Otherwise Bailey is right. Moderates should form their own party or become Democrats. Because if this kind of behavior goes unchecked the only conclusion I can draw is that this is the modern GOP.


  34. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 12:13 pm:

    === It used to be that when someone advanced fringe ideas they would be called out on it by the party itself. Today all we hear is crickets.===

    See; Romney, Kinzinger, Cheney…

    The premise is flawed unless you come at it that… Romney, Cheney, Kinzinger… are a part of a minority within the minority of the brand.

    It’s not that there’s silence or crickets, that minority use to be a majority, and now finds itself “homeless”

    With respect


  35. - Pundent - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 12:22 pm:

    =See; Romney, Kinzinger, Cheney…=

    I’m thinking more of the ILGOP and specifically those in leadership positions like McConchie and Durkin. They’re quick to bemoan that the Democrats are taking their concerns seriously while they continue to see the suburban voters they represent leave the party. If the ILGOP is going to make a case for relevancy in this state it starts with the two minority leaders. And if it’s not them than who?


  36. - Bruce( no not him) - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 12:23 pm:

    ==maybe there needs to be a third party develop==
    When was the last time a candidate for Governor wanted to start a third party to get rid of some of his possible voters? Genius.


  37. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 12:24 pm:

    === McConchie and Durkin===

    McConchie led a successful coup… Durkin foiled a coup.

    There’s your answer.


  38. - ChuckIL - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 12:27 pm:

    I believe one of Bailey’s biggest campaign contributors is also a big contributor to Mary Miller. It’s a battle to have a position dumber than Miller’s so he can wrap up that money.


  39. - Medvale School for the Gifted. - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 12:36 pm:

    I had the pleasure of being in a meeting a few years back that Bailey and some of his GOP House colleagues attended.
    After a bit of conversation, Bailey finally weighed in. You could almost hear the eyes of his colleagues roll - like the sound of a gumball rolling in an old gumball machine.

    Many of the GOP of today are caught between their principles and an electorate that still holds to the belief that Trump won the election.

    Were it not for their denser far right constituents that Trump and Bailey appeal to, many of Bailey’s colleagues would kick him off the bus in a heartbeat.


  40. - Rudy’s teeth - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 12:42 pm:

    Perhaps, one should be required to take a competency test before campaigning for governor. The lack of understanding in science, disease transmission, and prevention is stunning. Darren Bailey, I’m talking to you.

    About the letter D…disingenuous, destructive, disconcerting, and plain ‘ole dumb.


  41. - thechampaignlife - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 12:47 pm:

    ===Listening to Bailey spout this gibberish, and understanding and supporting his right to do so, is the hard part about living in a free Constitutional Republic.===

    This. So much this.


  42. - thechampaignlife - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 12:48 pm:

    ===When was the last time a candidate for Governor wanted to start a third party to get rid of some of his possible voters?===

    It is almost like he doesn’t want to win…


  43. - DuPage - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 12:49 pm:

    Give the coal plant incentives to convert to natural gas. Fast track the gas pipe permits and waive any unnecessary hoops to jump through and any other red tape. Give them tax breaks on the new equipment.


  44. - jimme - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 12:53 pm:

    —The Dunce Cap Award goes to Bailey. The only requirement is that a college student needs to have a vaccination, or they must wear a mask and continue to submit to COVID testing.—

    Or perhaps Bailey’s comment was taken out of context, and he knew this already. At least for NIU, they have several different exceptions - medical, religious, personal. But some people have zero attention span.


  45. - Rich Miller - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 12:55 pm:

    ===Or perhaps Bailey’s comment was taken out of context, and he knew this already===

    Hey, dummy, click the link. What’s posted is a verbatim transcript of his video presentation, not a news story. And it’s clearly labeled as such.

    Remove your tinfoil hat or leave.


  46. - Excitable Boy - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 1:03 pm:

    - This is a sacrifice, this is the hard part of living in a free Constitutional Republic. -

    Yeah dude, you’re practically Nathan Hale.


  47. - Glengarry - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 1:06 pm:

    Some people aren’t smart enough to realize, that you don’t poke the bear. Especially around here.


  48. - Ron Burgundy - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 1:08 pm:

    “This is a sacrifice…” for you and your college students, but not for me. Have fun with that.


  49. - Flying Elvis'-Utah Chapter - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 1:10 pm:

    jimme-

    Here’s a free tip.

    Whenever someone says something that any rational adult, regardless of political ideology, interprets as lunacy, nothing was “taken out of context”.


  50. - Scott Cross for President - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 1:28 pm:

    Senator Bailey has a clever ballot access strategy.

    He’ll collect his signatures at the ICUs in January.


  51. - ArchPundit - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 1:34 pm:

    ====He knows that universities have required various types of vaccinations for years, right?

    Wait until he hears about all of the vaccines the military requires (Covid-19 not required yet).


  52. - OneMan - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 1:42 pm:

    == ‘Oh yes if you’re not vaccinated you can’t come on campus.’ So here’s what’s happening and here’s why all this has happened. Governor Pritzker, the governor hand picks the trustees of these colleges. ==

    So I am going to pick NIU, my alama …

    Chair been on the board since 2017 (pre-JB)
    Vice-Chair (doesn’t say, will point out the guy founded a consulting firm a ton of my fellow CS graduates went to work for)
    Bob Pritchard — Former Republican state house member.
    Guy on the board since 2007, works for the Painters union and has a PH.D (so yeah he is likely a Dem) but appointed pre-JB, think I may have known him in school actually.

    Fairly confident a majority of these folks pre-date JB.


  53. - ArchPundit - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 1:42 pm:

    =-===At least for NIU, they have several different exceptions - medical, religious, personal. But some people have zero attention span.

    They have two exemptions, medical and religious. The religious requires more than because I don’t want to take it so personal is not an exemption. Medical is legit as immunocompromised folks and those allergic cannot take vaccines safely. We owe it to those folks to protect them by getting vaccinated ourselves.

    Religious is largely nonsense as there are no major faiths that are against vaccinations . It should be at least as tough to get as conscientious objector status. Thus Christian Scientists and Dutch Reform may quality, but hardly anyone else.


  54. - jimme - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 1:57 pm:

    —They have two exemptions, medical and religious. The religious requires more than because I don’t want to take it so personal is not an exemption.—’

    NIU used the term personal to refer to people who cite the Emergency Use Authorization or lack of FDA approval.


  55. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 2:02 pm:

    === FDA approval===

    Over 100 million Americans have been vaccinated.

    It was approved for that purpose.

    If you’re anti-vaccine that’s more on your ignorance towards what “approval” means, so you can claim some alleged “freedom” that hasn’t been lost.


  56. - dan l - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 2:10 pm:

    —–
    Or perhaps Bailey’s comment was taken out of context, and he knew this already.
    —–

    Isn’t that always the excuse?

    When he made his homophobic comments on the sex ed bill. “Taken out of context”.

    When he snickered on that radio show about black folks and voting rights. “Taken out of context”


  57. - Pundent - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 2:17 pm:

    =Emergency Use Authorization or lack of FDA approval=

    Maybe it’s just me, but there seems to be a correlation between the individuals who use this “process” argument and those that are willing to set aside other democratic processes.


  58. - ArchPundit - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 2:24 pm:

    —-NIU used the term personal to refer to people who cite the Emergency Use Authorization or lack of FDA approval.

    https://www.niu.edu/protecting-the-pack/health/vaccine/faq.shtml
    “However, they will be required to be vaccinated once the EUA is lifted. More information on how to request an exemption will be provided in the next few weeks. ”

    EUA is likely to be gone at some point in the school year so it’s pointless to not get one now.

    in the mean time, all students exempted will will also be tested weekly and be required to wear a mask indoors.


  59. - Dotnonymous - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 2:44 pm:

    To the extent there are any moderate Republicans left they seem to have been largely rendered speechless… or…gutless?


  60. - thoughts matter - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 2:49 pm:

    I don’t think there are any moderate Republicans left. He just doesn’t know how many have left unless they pulled Democratic ballots in the primary. Many just didn’t vote on the primary or went ahead and pulled a Republican ballot and left it mostly blank. The primary doesn’t really matter when the current incumbent is running unopposed in the general election.

    Based upon the lack of mask wearing by the unvaccinated, I think this fall is going to be miserable again.


  61. - Suburban Mom - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 2:57 pm:

    ===Deny your student an opportunity for quality higher education… to own the libs.===

    This is so insane. I have friends in Arizona who work for a FAANG tech company, and since AZ just passed a law to teach history GOP-style in K-12 schools, their company is quietly offering relocation packages to employees who want to move out of the state, as employees started expressing fear that their kids wouldn’t be able to pass AP tests or be accepted to good colleges if they were forced through the new AZ high school history curriculum, and started getting in touch with recruiters the day the law passed.

    States that do things like Bailey suggests are going going to suffer accelerating brain drain, because well-educated parents don’t want their kids NOT getting Covid shots, or being at risk at college because other people refuse to get vaccinated. And they don’t want their kids suffering under the suite of GOP education mandates that deliberately make children less-educated. Harvard’s not going to effing care that Arizona is run by a particularly dumb iteration of the GOP; Harvard’s going to care that your kid failed the AP US test because they weren’t taught the root causes of the Civil War because hearing that “slavery” was one of them hurts Republicans’ feelings.


  62. - Suburban Mom - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 3:11 pm:

    ===I would do whatever I could to ensure my child goes to a university that requires vaccination. Of course, I take my counsel from health experts, not politicians.===

    Right??? The FDA was like, “Hey, can we put this experimental mRNA vaccine in your 12-year-old?” and my only question was, “Can I bring him in ON his birthday or do we have to wait until the day after?”

    (Our one concession as a family to its EUA status is that my spouse and I staggered our shots, so that we wouldn’t both be down with side effects at the same time, and just in case one of us had a catastrophic reaction.)

    I was the tiniest bit anxious about giving it to my kids, but we watched a NOVA episode about how mRNA vaccines work that explained it really really well. And my mom reminded me that when I was about 13, I voluntarily enrolled in phase-I clinical trials for the Hepatitis A vaccine in children, and that I was both excited and proud to be part of testing a vaccine that would save lives. (And that, of course, my own children have now received.)


  63. - Dee Lay - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 3:28 pm:

    Timeout.
    “And that’s simply, probably, pulling your student out of that college and enrolling them in a college that is not going to require vaccinations.”

    That student is an adult. If you are “pulling” your adult student out of college for any reason - that’s telling on yourself more than you think.

    Just gross all around.


  64. - G'Kar - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 3:37 pm:

    Yeah, parents, listen to Bailey and pull your kid out of the Illinois college that accepted him. Good luck at this date getting accepted at an out of state school.


  65. - Siriusly - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 3:55 pm:

    ok Senator Bailey.
    Now do Indiana University, which was the first Big 10 school to announce vaccines required. JB and the Libs control Indiana too ?

    Stop campaigning against science. Clown.


  66. - filmmaker prof - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 4:06 pm:

    Total UIUC Student Enrollment:
    2014 - 45,842
    2020 - 52,679

    Oh no, please don’t boycott our school. We’re hurting for students as it is.


  67. - Commisar Gritty - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 5:31 pm:

    Is anyone surprised that Bailey is telling people to drop out of school?


  68. - Ron Burgundy - Monday, Jun 28, 21 @ 7:31 pm:

    -Oh no, please don’t boycott our school.-

    In a manner of speaking, the uneducated have been “boycotting” UIUC for 154 years already.


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