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Thursday, Jul 22, 2021

* Anything state-related bouncing around in your head on this lovely summer day?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

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  1. - Proud Papa Bear - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 8:34 am:

    After spending a small fortune on toll roads in the east, including four tolls in as many miles in upstate New York and $16 to cross the George Washington Bridge, I doubt I’ll ever complain about Illinois tolls again.


  2. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 8:40 am:

    Bad haze in the sky for some days now, including this lovely morning. This is from the wildfires on the west coast and Canada. This also happened during the July 4 weekend. Don’t recall this happening very often in the past, but global temperatures and CO2 levels are now at/near records.

    They smelled the smoke in New York City. We have to act as a nation, and hopefully something can get started with the infrastructure bills, particularly the Democrat-only package, because the other party politicizes a planetary predicament (h/t Dr. Smith).


  3. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 8:42 am:

    Also, ISP told me yesterday that Illinois still needs a bit more help in the American Association of State Troopers poll, so click on the link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/bestlookingcrusier2021


  4. - Hmm - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 8:56 am:

    It is still bothering me that the republicans put out a press release on critical race theory with their Lincoln outline on their press release. Lincoln is famous for implementing a critical race theory. bothers me.


  5. - Benjamin - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 9:30 am:

    I was just thinking about Illinois’s state parks. We only have three or four really good ones; the rest are merely okay. I’m hoping the state can develop and open up the land purchase they made last year (or was it the year before?) next to Starved Rock along the Vermillion River; that should be wonderful.


  6. - EssentialStateEmployeeFromChatham - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 9:45 am:

    Thankfully the Cardinals held the lead in the 9th last night. Unlike Tuesday night’s 6-run disaster.


  7. - Cool Papa Bell - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 9:51 am:

    Benjamin - Illinois has wonderful state parks - just many that aren’t located near the state’s largest population centers. Rock Cut near Rockford is a great one if you haven’t been.

    A big problem is simply not much land anymore to make a park from - its’ all corn and soybean fields. A TREMENDOUS gift from someone would be to buy a few thousand acres of land and work over decades to return it to prairie. If they could connect to Midewin it would be even better.


  8. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 10:18 am:

    ===Thankfully the Cardinals held the lead in the 9th last night.===

    Strange. In the game I was watching, the Cards blew the lead in the 9th again. Needed a runner on second to start the 10th to finally put away the Cubs.


  9. - Cheryl44 - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 10:38 am:

    “We have to act as a nation”

    I respectfully disagree. We have to act as a planet.


  10. - EssentialStateEmployeeFromChatham - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 10:51 am:

    ==Strange. In the game I was watching, the Cards blew the lead in the 9th again. Needed a runner on second to start the 10th to finally put away the Cubs.==

    Whoops, sorry about that. Only saw the box score in the middle of the night, didn’t get a chance to watch the game last night. Missed the 10th inning in the box score as I was half asleep.


  11. - Amalia - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 11:19 am:

    watching Europe and the floods, I’m hoping we are preparing in river areas here. frightening.


  12. - @misterjayem - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 11:59 am:

    “$16 to cross the George Washington Bridge”

    When I made that drive, the view was worth every penny.

    – MrJM


  13. - thisjustinagain - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 12:49 pm:

    I can’t upvote the ISP squad, because it’s drab and boring. Nice for a rolling historical display though for shows, recruiting drives, etc.


  14. - EssentialStateEmployeeFromChatham - Thursday, Jul 22, 21 @ 9:04 pm:

    100 years ago from this Monday, Gov. Len Small was arrested on embezzlement only 6 1/2 months into his first year in office.

    https://virginiachronicle.com/?a=d&d=NPO19210726.2.19&e=——-en-20–1–txt-txIN——–

    Scanned copy online of the Norfolk (VA) Post (via the Virginia Chronicle) has a stoy on the arrest from their July 26, 1921 paper:

    “Judge E. S. Smith today held Governor Len Small amenable to arrest on warrants charging him with embezzlement of large sums of state funds. Overruling contentions of Small’s attorneys that the governor Is Immune from arrest by virtue of his office, Judge Smith held: “There is no king In Illinois. The governor is liable to arrest. . .”


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