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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

* What Illinois thoughts are on your mind today?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

48 Comments
  1. - AnonymousFool - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 8:50 am:

    This rain makes me want to go back to bed.


  2. - Friendly Bob Adams - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 8:53 am:

    Today’s weather roulette wheel lands us in late March early April… could be a bit sunnier.


  3. - Give Me A Break - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 8:57 am:

    The planters have been rolling here in central Illinois for the last 10 days. Started to notice dust kicking up over the weekend so those guys who got their seed in the ground lately are probably thrilled at this rain.


  4. - up2now - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 8:57 am:

    It’s an interesting year for our state’s farmers. Grain prices are up, but so are input costs such as fuel and fertilizer. Tricky balance.


  5. - Blue Dog - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 9:00 am:

    the joys of watching grandkids in the ol strawberry patch. stepping on,and eating more than they pick.


  6. - Suburbanon - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 9:00 am:

    Are dandelions a benefit to your soil, growing tap roots to aerate compacted soil, offering tasty nectar to beneficial insets, providing nutritious greens for a salad, or an invasive menace to be eradicated at all costs?


  7. - hisgirlfriday - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 9:01 am:

    So I got my Facebook settlement check, but my husband hasn’t got his yet. Trying to figure out what is up with that.

    Regardless, thanks to the Illinois politicians/legislators who had a hand in the legislation that is putting $397 in my pocket.


  8. - Blue Dog - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 9:01 am:

    not that he has anything to do with it, but JB is going to feel the effects of $5 gas if it’s this way in November.


  9. - Sangamo - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 9:03 am:

    $4.75 for gas in Springfield today.


  10. - Steve Rogers - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 9:03 am:

    I think May is my favorite month in Illinois–grass is the greenest, trees in my yard have filled out, my vegetable garden just started, my irises and peonies are blooming. In other words, May is when I appreciate the beauty of nature the most.


  11. - JoanP - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 9:04 am:

    @Sangamo -

    That’s cheap. It’s $5.59 in my Chicago neighborhood.


  12. - Al - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 9:11 am:

    Dandelion yellow flowers and leaves are good in soup too. To get rid of dandelions think about adding calcium to the soil. Has anyone dug up and eaten the roots? What are they like?


  13. - Grandson of Man - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 9:13 am:

    Thinking about what a Trump endorsement could do in the Illinois Republican gubernatorial primary. Maybe a lot, if PA is any indication. The MAGA vote may have been split in the PA Senate race. Without a third candidate, Dr. Oz may have coasted, just like the governor candidate. If it’s Bailey vs. Irvin and Trump endorses Bailey, that should be interesting and fun.


  14. - Leslie K - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 9:15 am:

    Yesterday was such an amazingly beautiful day in Chicago (and apparently many other places in Illinois) that today’s rain doesn’t even bother me. It was time to water new grass in the front yard, and now I don’t have to.

    @Suburbanon–I don’t know the real answer about dandelions, but I’m hoping beneficial because my backyard is crawling with them.


  15. - CentralIL Centrist - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 9:19 am:

    any road with “IL” before it’s number….OMG. I can’t even… need an alignment and balancing almost every week


  16. - historic66 - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 9:21 am:

    My Facebook feed has been flooded with Mary Miller ads this week. I hide them and then a new one pops up.


  17. - New Lenox Native - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 9:23 am:

    RIP former State Rep. Larry Wennlund

    https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/theherald-news/name/larry-wennlund-obituary?pid=202015371


  18. - Amalia - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 9:26 am:

    try to get dandelions early as the new leaves are best to eat. there are good organic products on the market that take them down, mostly. but, remember, dandelions are good for the bees. at our house we have soooo much planting left to do, in ground and in pots. it’s the busy season so it’s hard to imagine what it is like for the professionals. create beauty.


  19. - Wiki - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 9:28 am:

    “JB is going to feel the effects of $5 gas”

    And home energy prices aren’t going to help.


  20. - BCOSEC - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 9:29 am:

    More and more I wish we had a non-partisan primary with a top 2 run off in the general.

    Looking at my Democratic ballot and it appears SOS is the only legitimately contested race.


  21. - Candy Dogood - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 9:31 am:

    I keep waiting for the Governor to instruct agencies to allow as many people as they can resume an aggressive remote work schedule in order to relieve pressure on the demand for gasoline and to help state workers avoid the impact to their pocket books. I also can’t help but think that the administration may already think that is occurring because of existing MOUs without understanding how individual agencies and individual PSAs and SPSAs would seek to undermine an effort to work remotely due to whatever beliefs or biases they have regarding their employees working remotely.

    I would think that it would at least be worth a press release because it also relieves some of the price pressure/demand on fuel for other commuters.


  22. - JvSLP - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 9:34 am:

    I thought when Pritzker signed legislation for the grocery tax repeal that it was effective immediately. When does it take effect? All my grocery purchases at all stores are still being taxed at the 1.25% rate.


  23. - vern - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 9:35 am:

    I guess nobody’s spooked by the pay to play news cycles in Aurora… https://elections.il.gov/CampaignDisclosure/A1List.aspx?ID=nq3I7xdRqmfGLOy2ZvjfCQ%3d%3d&FiledDocID=nq3I7xdRqmfGLOy2ZvjfCQ%3d%3d&ContributionType=wOGh3QTPfKqV2YWjeRmjTeStk426RfVK&Archived=Gl5sibpnFrQ%3d&T=637884631228330227


  24. - Seats - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 9:42 am:

    Time to research SoS candidates extra close today considering its basically the only contested race to pick from on my ticket tomorrow.


  25. - Levois J - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 9:44 am:

    The weather has been so nice the last few days and then it started raining again! :(


  26. - Seats - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 9:44 am:

    To JvSLP. Grocery tax is suspended starting July 1st for a year.


  27. - cover - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 9:47 am:

    = I thought when Pritzker signed legislation for the grocery tax repeal that it was effective immediately. When does it take effect? All my grocery purchases at all stores are still being taxed at the 1.25% rate. =

    The bill itself was effective immediately, but the tax suspension runs from 7/1/2022 through 6/30/2023.


  28. - So_Ill - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 9:50 am:

    The Chicago Cubs have the current longest winning streak in MLB.


  29. - exhausted - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 9:53 am:

    == - JvSLP - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 9:34 am:

    I thought when Pritzker signed legislation for the grocery tax repeal that it was effective immediately. When does it take effect? All my grocery purchases at all stores are still being taxed at the 1.25% rate. ==

    Not until 7/1. You have to give the retailers a chance to reprogram the machines


  30. - DuPage - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 9:54 am:

    @- Suburbanon - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 9:00 am:

    ===Are dandelions a benefit to your soil, growing tap roots to aerate compacted soil, offering tasty nectar to beneficial insets, providing nutritious greens for a salad, or an invasive menace to be eradicated at all costs?===
    They can make tires out of them too.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1_94Uvx15k


  31. - vern - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 10:00 am:

    Anon 9:54, give some love to the local newspaper. Daily Herald has you covered https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20220511/naperville-18-year-old-becomes-youngest-american-woman-to-reach-summit-of-mount-everest


  32. - JoanP - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 10:03 am:

    It’s a gray and dreary day in Chicago. I should stay inside and try to figure who I should vote for out of the seventeen (17) candidates in the Democratic primary to succeed Bobby Rush. That will involve almost as much research as judicial elections.

    Fun times.


  33. - NonAFSCMEStateEmployeeFromChatham - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 10:07 am:

    ==So I got my Facebook settlement check, but my husband hasn’t got his yet. Trying to figure out what is up with that.==

    Are all Illinois Facebook users getting the settlement checks? Or did you have to apply for it? If we had to apply, I am certain I did not apply for it, but if I would have known it was $397 instead of something like $3.97, then count me in.


  34. - NonAFSCMEStateEmployeeFromChatham - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 10:09 am:

    ==The Chicago Cubs have the current longest winning streak in MLB.==

    They were all against the Diamondbacks and Pirates. What a real accomplishment. Even though the DBacks are much improved from last year’s disaster.


  35. - NonAFSCMEStateEmployeeFromChatham - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 10:11 am:

    If the current trends continue Chicago may be returning to the High Risk COVID transmission category:

    https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/illinois-coronavirus-updates-high-covid-alert-level-expected-masking-guidance/2835757/


  36. - yinn - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 10:20 am:

    Fellow dandelion lovers: you must try, at least once, batter-fried dandelion blossoms. They taste just like the mushrooms but have a nicer texture.


  37. - MisterJayEm - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 10:22 am:

    “Or did you have to apply for it?”

    There was some paperwork — but it must not have been too onerous because I did it.

    If I had know it would be a windfall, I’d have harassed more of my friends to do so as well.

    – MrJM


  38. - RNUG - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 10:35 am:

    - NonAFSCMEStateEmployeeFromChatham -

    You had to apply to be part of the group. The deadline to apply passed a while back. Mrs RNUG got her check a couple of days ago; I’m waiting to see if mine shows up.


  39. - Henry - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 10:50 am:

    Larry Wennlund RIP. A good man and a real character from an era when there were a lot of characters. He served during a fun time.


  40. - Cool Papa Bell - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 10:54 am:

    @Candy - There is no way a that a maybe a few thousand state workers staying home from their commute has any impact on gas prices. More than anything it sounds like wishful musing from a state worker who doesn’t want to go the office.


  41. - Skeptic - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 11:03 am:

    “JB is going to feel the effects of $5 gas” And what exactly can he do about it?


  42. - Rabble - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 11:29 am:

    = And what exactly can he do about it?=
    Temporary reduction of the .392 cents per gallon of gas tax would at least be a nice token that shows some concern.


  43. - Demoralized - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 11:38 am:

    ==Temporary reduction of the .392 cents per gallon of gas tax ==

    That’s used to pay for roads. The trades would throw a fit. No way that is passing in the General Assembly so the Governor couldn’t do that even if he wanted to.


  44. - MisterJayEm - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 12:09 pm:

    “JB is going to feel the effects of $5 gas”

    He’ll also feel the effects of an unseasonably early November blizzard.

    Unfortunately, he has the same degree of control over the weather and gasoline prices, i.e. zero.

    – MrJM


  45. - Rabble - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 12:11 pm:

    =And what exactly can he do about it?=
    He might along with the leaders of other states have a discussion with the powers above them to rethink some of the national direction that got the price of gas to increase over a dollar per gallon before the additional pressure of inflation and the Ukraine situation kicked in.


  46. - Huh? - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 12:13 pm:

    “The trades would throw a fit.”

    Not to mention the local highway agencies, such as municipalities, counties, and townships. The local agencies get about 1/2 of the MFT, among other things, is used to pay salaries of highway department employees, annual resurfacing and other maintenance costs.


  47. - Anotheretiree - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 12:31 pm:

    ==I think May is my favorite month in Illinois== Yes May is gorgeous but, I hate late May. The Buffalo Gnats have hatched. They ate me alive mowing around the pond yesterday.


  48. - Make It Make Sense - Wednesday, May 18, 22 @ 1:33 pm:

    @Cool Papa Bell - I agree it wouldn’t have an effect on gas prices/demand, but it WOULD give the impression that he is at least trying to help lower prices. That is important in politics. Candy’s comment also included “and to help state workers avoid the impact to their pocket books” which is accurate.


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