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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

* Your Illinois-centric thoughts?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

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  1. - Dog Lover - Tuesday, May 24, 22 @ 8:10 am:

    I’m wondering if other folks are still trying to find a dry, free day to plant their gardens. We haven’t yet. Hoping to this weekend. We’ll see.

    We were talking last night about planting milkweed for the monarchs. I hope we get that done too.

    Here’s to sunshine and homegrown veggies!


  2. - Friendly Bob Adams - Tuesday, May 24, 22 @ 8:11 am:

    Glad to see the report on population growth in Illinois. Not surprised to see the nay-sayers follow up with “OK but Illinois still stinks”. You can’t make some people happy.


  3. - Sangamo Girl - Tuesday, May 24, 22 @ 8:18 am:

    The urban areas of Illinois grow while the rural areas shrink. Could remote work be part of the answer? Can the state of Illinois get its act together to allow state employees whose jobs allow it, to work remotely? Maybe with remote work centers that create hubs in smaller places like Mattoon, Taylorville, Mt. Vernon, LaSalle, etc. for meetings, printing, etc. Employees get decent jobs with benefits and their tax dollars stay local.


  4. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, May 24, 22 @ 8:26 am:

    The Chicago casino is moving along, thanks to the tremendously strong vote in committee yesterday, much stronger than anybody could have imagined (one of the alderpeople placed it at 50/50). It would be among the most foolish things ever done, to pass up that much revenue, and many probably know it. MLL would look much better with that win.


  5. - Pius - Tuesday, May 24, 22 @ 8:32 am:

    Saw a Rivien truck in Champaign last weekend. Nice looking. Hope to see more soon.


  6. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, May 24, 22 @ 8:32 am:

    I hear it’s “Debate Day”…


  7. - Amalia - Tuesday, May 24, 22 @ 8:43 am:

    ooh the garden planting problems. yesterday was one good day up north but it has been difficult. yes, Dog Lover, and others, plant milkweed. it is magic.


  8. - up2now - Tuesday, May 24, 22 @ 9:39 am:

    Effingham’s own Chad Green out for year for Yankees with Tommy John surgery.


  9. - jimbo - Tuesday, May 24, 22 @ 9:46 am:

    In the past 4 days I’ve been throughout residential areas of 4 different DuPage cities and have seen under 10 houses with election signage- which is many, many multiples less than I’ve seen in the past.

    Is engagement really this low amongst the general population?


  10. - Anyone Remember - Tuesday, May 24, 22 @ 9:49 am:

    ===Can the state of Illinois get its act together to allow state employees whose jobs allow it, to work remotely?===

    Given Illinois’ history of patronage and ghost payrolling, there would need to be some pretty robust controls in place.


  11. - fs - Tuesday, May 24, 22 @ 10:02 am:

    == Is engagement really this low amongst the general population?==

    With a primary in the middle of Summer, ads running in May instead of February where everyone is staying inside, and candidates screaming and mailing basically the same things back and forth about each other, this doesn’t surprise me at all.


  12. - Steve Rogers - Tuesday, May 24, 22 @ 10:06 am:

    I got my garden fully planted a week ago. My tomatoes are looking great, and my seed vegetables have already popped out of the ground. So far, so good in central Illinois.


  13. - Huh? - Tuesday, May 24, 22 @ 10:38 am:

    Dog lover - there are different varieties of milkweed. We have the conventional prairie milkweed as well as a swamp milkweed. The monarch butterflies shred the swamp variety and seem to ignore the prairie variety.

    The plants look completely different.

    If you get the prairie variety, get a rhizome root. It will spread naturally. I started with 2 plants and now have 8.


  14. - Anyone Remember - Tuesday, May 24, 22 @ 10:51 am:

    IF you’re a subscriber - SJR has a behind the paywall story about the top 10 paid state employees (universities excluded). Beyond MDs and pension system employees: #10 is an ISP sergeant ($309,600); #6 is a contract worker at IDOC ($321,500); #4 is a PSA at IDES ($329,300); and #2 is an IDOC “stationary engineer” ($352,200). Cue outrage from IPI / Tillman / et. al. in 3 … 2 … 1. (To me, the lack of university data is a bigger outrage.)

    https://www.sj-r.com/story/news/politics/state/2022/05/24/illinois-state-employees-top-10-salaries-see-who-they/9822244002/


  15. - SAP - Tuesday, May 24, 22 @ 11:27 am:

    ==Not surprised to see the nay-sayers follow up with “OK but Illinois still stinks”.==

    Yup, nobody’s moving to Illinois anymore, it’s too crowded.


  16. - Give Me A Break - Tuesday, May 24, 22 @ 11:40 am:

    Dog Lover, it has been a challenge gardening here in central Illinois too. Between days of high winds that blew for hours to cold temps stunting the growth of everything, this Spring has not been fun to be outside.


  17. - Huh? - Tuesday, May 24, 22 @ 12:44 pm:

    I never thought I’d see the day that someone gets fired as a dog catcher.

    https://www.sj-r.com/story/news/local/2022/05/24/head-sangamon-county-animal-control-fired-after-internal-review/9905777002/


  18. - thisjustinagain - Tuesday, May 24, 22 @ 12:47 pm:

    Anybody know what season it is?
    I already look forward to when the political campaigns end.
    Riverdale (south Cook County) mayor’s home was raided by FBI related to investigation of possible illegal campaign funding and payola related to waste disposal contractor lawsuit. Meanwhile, Dolton’s village board voted to sue their new mayor after she locked trustees out of the village hall, violated village ordinances related to hiring and firing, and a quo warranto suit to determine if she can be Thornton Township Supervisor and Mayor of Dolton at the same time.


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