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Wednesday, Dec 7, 2022 - Posted by Rich Miller

…Adding… Get well soon!…

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) issued the following statement after being diagnosed with COVID-19 today:

“At the guidance of the Attending Physician, I will be working in isolation through the end of this week after being diagnosed with COVID-19 today to keep my family, colleagues and staff as safe as possible. My symptoms remain mild and I am thankful that I’m fully vaccinated and double boosted, as I—and families of the more than one million Americans we’ve lost to this pandemic—know it could be much worse. I cannot encourage my fellow Americans more strongly to get vaccinated and continue getting your boosters as advised by medical professionals across the country and around the globe.”

* Crain’s

Gov. J.B. Pritzker says cannabis delivery, which is currently illegal in Illinois but offered in other states, is an idea worth considering. […]

Delivery services are legal in states such as Michigan, Florida, California, Maryland, Nevada and others. Uber Eats recently began delivery in Toronto.

Full Pritzker quote when asked about the topic today during the governor’s visit to Ivy Hall Dispensary

I think we’ve got to look into, you know, there are other locations across the country where this has become, you know, legally allowed and it’s something that I think we should just examine, what the impact has been there. But I don’t want, first blush and without the data in front of me, I think that as long as it is regulated, as long as we make sure that the person who’s ordering it, gets it and that they’re legally allowed to, then it would seem to me like the same as somebody coming into a store.

Ever wonder if he partakes?

* Our very own (but unrelated) US Rep. Mary Miller was one of the “No” votes


* Putting things into perspective…


* WBBM Radio

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) management has been accused by a candidate for president of one of the CTA workers’ unions of unfairly and illegally attempting to thwart his campaign.

Erek Slater said management has repeatedly ordered him to leave CTA property when he’s attempted to meet with workers to campaign or discuss issues. […]

Slater said CTA management opposed his campaign because of his promises to confront the transit agency on issues including service delays and worker safety.

The CTA declined to comment on Slater’s claims.

* Press release…

Today, Illinois Mentor workers represented by SEIU Healthcare Illinois delivered petitions to five company locations. The petition addresses grievances including poverty wages, scheduling difficulties, understaffing, insufficient benefits, and a lack of dignity and respect.

SEIU Healthcare Illinois is currently at the bargaining table with Illinois Mentor, working to secure the first contract for workers.

Illinois Mentor, which recently acquired Sevita, has programs throughout the state, including host homes, supported living and in-home support. Despite worker shortages and skyrocketing inflation, Illinois Mentor management is refusing to put forward the full rate increase they received from the State that could go directly to their staff that directly support individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Instead, the company only passed on a partial amount of the money, even though its parent companies paid out a total of $475 million shareholder dividends the last three years.

Illinois Mentor locations where petitions were delivered include Carbondale, Swansea, Springfield, Tinley Park and Rockford.

“It’s not right that Illinois Mentor workers, even those who get full-time schedules, are living in poverty. Our families are suffering while the company rakes in millions in profits,” says Savannah McCoy, an Illinois Mentor worker from Springfield and an SEIU Healthcare member. “Illinois Mentor receives money from the state to boost our wages but doesn’t give us the full amount we’re entitled to. It’s time for the company to invest in those of us who serve on the frontlines.”

“Our Illinois Mentor workplaces have such high turnover due to the low wages, unaffordable health benefits and restrictive schedules, resulting in hardship for both workers and our clients,” says Rayniesha Gines, a worker with Illinois Mentor from Swansea and an SEIU Healthcare member. “Illinois Mentor is losing experienced Direct Support Professionals, which makes our jobs more difficult and creates unnecessary disruption for the individuals we support.”

“Benefits at Illinois Mentor are almost non-existent. Our health insurance premiums are so expensive that only 15% of workers sign up,” says Octavia Wheeler, a worker with Illinois Mentor from Alton and an SEIU Healthcare member. We’re working hard at the bargaining table, demanding that Illinois Mentor respect us, protect us, staff us and pay us, but today we took our message beyond the bargaining table and we’re ready to continue this fight until our voices are heard.”

* Durbin press release…

U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Major League Baseball (MLB) announced a new requirement today to have extensive protective netting in place at all Professional Development League (PDL) ballparks. The fan safety initiative was adopted at the 2022 Winter Meetings after being unanimously approved by the MLB PDL Executive Board.

In June 2019, after repeated incidents of MLB fans being hit by foul balls, Durbin and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) wrote to MLB Commissioner Manfred urging him to have all 30 MLB teams extend protective netting to the right and left field corners at all ballparks. In December 2019, MLB announced that all 30 teams would extend protective netting during the next season. Durbin has continuously met with baseball safety advocates to discuss fan safety at MLB and Minor League Baseball games. […]

The requirements—which resulted from a comprehensive review of all 120 PDL ballparks that began several months ago—include the following:

    • PDL Clubs are required to install netting from foul pole to foul pole unless the configuration of the ballpark makes such coverage unnecessary.
    • The height requirement for the netting from behind home plate to the end of each dugout will be standardized across the PDL system.
    • PDL Clubs are to work with their respective facilities to complete installation as soon as practicable but in no event later than 2025 Opening Day.
    • Teams will be subject to discipline for non-compliance, including significant fines.

* Isabel’s roundup…

       

31 Comments
  1. - don the legend - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 2:31 pm:

    Definitely not a Cub fan but Congratulations to Pat Hughes on his HOF election.


  2. - Teacher Lady - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 2:42 pm:

    Aaron Judge ’singed’ a contract??
    Does no one use spell check? Are there no editors any longer?

    Also, how low can you be that you would vote against screening and treatment for hearing loss in infants and young children? smh


  3. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 2:43 pm:

    ===Are there no editors any longer?===

    It’s Twitter.


  4. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 2:47 pm:

    There are very few things I enjoy more than hearing Pat Hughes call a ball game.

    It’s old school, casual, conversational, it’s soothing.

    Well deserved.


  5. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 2:48 pm:

    Also,

    My best to Senator Duckworth, and hope for a safe, speedy, and complete recovery.

    OW


  6. - west wing - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 2:50 pm:

    Speaking of baseball, the Cardinals just signed Wilson Contreras to a five-year deal worth $87 million. Boom. Can’t replace Yadier Molina but this comes damn close.


  7. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 2:56 pm:

    ===Wilson Contreras to a five-year deal worth $87 million. Boom.===

    They totally overpaid for a catcher that still isn’t trusted to handle a pitching staff, let alone call ball games, and isn’t a real threat at the plate.

    ===this comes damn close.===

    It’s just disappointing that the Cubs will get nothing, again, for a ball player moving in from free agency… then again, the Cubs overvalued Willy too, and never pulled the switch with a trade when he was hot.


  8. - JoeMaddon - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 2:58 pm:

    **Can’t replace Yadier Molina but this comes damn close.**

    I mean, sure, damn close, if damn close means replacing one of the best defensive catchers of all time with… a guy who is mediocre defensively, at best?

    In fact, they’re totally different types of players (and catchers). And I don’t think Contreras is going to age well in that contract.


  9. - Grandson of Man - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 3:06 pm:

    “Gov. J.B. Pritzker says cannabis delivery, which is currently illegal in Illinois but offered in other states, is an idea worth considering”

    Absolutely. Booze and prescription medicine are delivered. It would be great to have a driver deliver a pizza or any other delicious food and some weed on the same trip.


  10. - Amalia - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 3:16 pm:

    Mary Miller, horrible person. Voting against children sho cannot hear. Horrible.


  11. - ChrisB - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 3:17 pm:

    ==It would be great to have a driver deliver a pizza or any other delicious food and some weed on the same trip.==

    Having worked at a pizza place in high school, there’s a 95 percent chance they already have some on them. Just be sure to ask for “extra oregano on the side.”


  12. - Joe Bidenopolous - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 3:29 pm:

    = and isn’t a real threat at the plate=

    Look, I wouldn’t have paid him either, but this just isn’t true. His OPS+ the last four years is 127, 106, 109, and 128. That means we was 27%, 6%, 9% and 28% better than an average hitter - and that’s at all positions. Restrict it to catcher, and he’s one of the three or four best hitters, with considerable slug, at the position.

    Again, I wouldn’t have paid him, but we also don’t need misinformation to justify that position


  13. - dr. jimmy - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 3:36 pm:

    of course all of you know more about talent and contracts than the Cardinals organization. what a bunch of windbags here. good luck to contreras. i hope he doesn’t kill the cubs for the next 15 years.


  14. - need - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 3:46 pm:

    “think he partakes?” it’s funny how weed is not socially acceptable in society and still has the illicit feel to it. meanwhile drinking is glamorized, socially acceptable in the extreme. would argue alcohol is a more destructive drug.


  15. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 3:54 pm:

    ===I wouldn’t have paid him===

    So I guess you’re just arguing with yourself. Lemme know who wins.

    It’s like Moneyball, you keep telling me these stats to try to prove something… that you don’t believe is the worth.


  16. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 3:58 pm:

    ===Restrict it to catcher, and he’s one of the three or four best hitters, with considerable slug, at the position.===

    And you still think he’s not worth the contract… like I don’t… as I remember ball games with poor handling of pitchers, “timely” bad ABs…


  17. - Candy Dogood - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 3:58 pm:

    ===It’s Twitter===

    So much schadenfreude for Naval Intelligence Officer Sean Spicer’s tweet today confusing Pearl Harbor for D Day. Delightful on many levels, but it is only twitter.


  18. - Stormsw7706 - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 4:18 pm:

    No help from Mary Miller for infants and children in need. Unlimited support for her farm subsidy though. So embarrassed that she is my representative.


  19. - Donnie Elgin - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 4:26 pm:

    Sean Spicer…confusing Pearl Harbor for D-Day.

    Even if he confused them at least Spicer recognized the sacrifice of our military in WWII. I put out my flag(it is the kind that can’t be lowered to half-staff as the Gov ordered) and I mentioned December 7th, 1941 to a few younger friends they were like “What is the big deal”


  20. - JS Mill - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 4:48 pm:

    “Mary Miller really cares. About what? I have no idea.”

    Hat tip to Rodney Dangerfield.


  21. - Lincoln Lad - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 4:51 pm:

    Has anyone explained why the 17 Rs voted against the deaf children program?


  22. - Lincoln Lad - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 5:03 pm:

    Miller, Hice, Gohmert, Biggs… the knucklehead caucus voted no…


  23. - Southern Dude - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 5:09 pm:

    === Has anyone explained why the 17 Rs voted against the deaf children program? ===

    Haven’t personally researched, but usually when a vote like that happens the bill was attached to something the republicans won’t support. Usually a trap so one party can say the other party voted against something. It goes both ways. One of the reasons the political system is broken.


  24. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 5:32 pm:

    ===One of the reasons the political system is broken===

    LOL

    Only 17 voted against it.


  25. - SEIU/Mentor Article - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 5:33 pm:

    The Department of Human Services is very clear with provider organizations on how wage rate adjustments should be invested in the workforce. This is public guidance available for all to read and I’m quite certain SEIU knows the guidance as well.

    This press statement is being intentionally nuanced in describing what it claims Illinois Mentor is or isn’t doing. This is not the first time a CB has made public claims about wages and rates that are not correct.

    It would be better energy spent working together on comprehensive workforce solutions.


  26. - Southern Dude - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 6:22 pm:

    === LOL ===
    I guess if I owned a blog making a profit off of the political mess this country is in I would have the same response.


  27. - Excitable Boy - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 7:39 pm:

    - I guess if I owned a blog making a profit -

    I’m guessing no one will ever have to worry about that happening. I don’t remember fellow downstaters being such crybabies when I was growing up, maybe I just missed it.


  28. - Lincoln Lad - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 8:06 pm:

    McCarthy, Scalise, and Jordan all voted for the bill supporting deaf children. Let the knuckleheads be knuckleheads… don’t try to defend them.


  29. - Southern Dude - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 8:22 pm:

    === I’m guessing no one will ever have to worry about that happening ===

    Pretty safe bet. The last thing this state needs is another politically bias blog on either side of the aisle.

    === I don’t remember fellow downstaters being such crybabies when I was growing up, maybe I just missed it. ===

    Nice post. Congratulations on being part of the problem.


  30. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 8:29 pm:

    ===Pretty safe bet. The last thing this state needs is another politically bias blog on either side of the aisle.===

    Hmm

    ===Congratulations on being part of the problem.===

    “Doctor, heal thyself”

    Love of Pete…


  31. - Excitable Boy - Wednesday, Dec 7, 22 @ 9:34 pm:

    - Congratulations on being part of the problem. -

    I hope someone has some smelling salts handy for you, honey.


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