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Thursday, Sep 21, 2023 - Posted by Isabel Miller

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  1. - Suburban Mom - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 8:20 am:

    I had all three of my kids with a joint obstetrician/midwife practice, and it was GREAT. All of my pregnancies were medically-complicated, so I needed obstetrician involvement, but the midwife was able to handle the day-to-day and had the freedom to be more hands-on and listen longer and so on, and when she told my doctor she wanted him to come look at something, he’d come right away because they trusted each others’ professional expertise. She was able to walk me through all the scary parts, including helping me prepare psychologically for a difficult birth. She offered to be there for the birth itself, but I felt so comfortable with the obstetrician by having had the tandem care from the two of them that I felt like I was in good hands.

    Honestly recommend the model to everyone. You can have a high-touch, low-intervention pregnancy with your midwife right up until the exact moment that a serious intervention is necessary, at which point the handoff to the obstetrician is perfectly smooth and your midwife remains involved in your care. No, “Oh, I had a midwife and suddenly things are scary and I’m in the hospital with a stranger.” Midwife is still there, you already know the doctor-partner, there was no chaotic search for emergency care.

    Plus you get the kind of obstetricians who value what midwives do and are likely to be a little more low-intervention and mother-centric in their own philosophy of practice.

  2. - Rabid - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 8:45 am:

    Patrick Keneally says he’s bad at his job

  3. - H-W - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 9:13 am:

    Re: WBBM Story

    With all due respect to the Editor of the story, the story provides no evidence of a “backfire.”

    The story only says that McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally would have preferred the two people accused of crimes had not been released. It does not show that since being released, the two people have committed heinous crimes.

    Sloppy journalism.

  4. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 9:17 am:

    ===Sloppy journalism. ===

    Expect more of this. No follow up questions, no mention that the accused could’ve posted bail to get out, no mention of when their court dates are, etc.

  5. - H-W - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 9:18 am:

    The Crain’s story at the top of the column is important. In a civil society, we do not reward people or corporations for unethical actions. The several stories I have read indicate that the contractor is an unethical corporation. Indeed, yesterday’s story on this blogged raised a very serious issue. If the temperatures in Chicago go below 40 degrees, what does the contractor promise regarding the safety and comfort of the asylum seekers?

    This situation really stinks, and the mayor really needs to decide if he wants to continue down this path, or find another vendor who is not simply grubbing for money at the expense of immigrants.

  6. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 9:22 am:

    After reading the links, (thanks Isabel) the WBBM one really stood out and felt more of a narrative than a reporting, including “Democrat majority”, which on its own, “ok”, but in context to the truly sloppy and lazy of the piece, it seemed more like a press release spruced up to be a news report.

    The idea of choosing “two” examples as the rule without context of how bail could’ve gone in a past situation for the honest compare, it was disappointing.

  7. - Captain Obvious - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 9:22 am:

    So HW the law hasn’t backfired until a heinous crime has been committed? You’re willing to gamble that won’t happen when dangerous people are released back into society?

  8. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 9:23 am:

    ===when dangerous people are released back into society?===

    You ever hear of people being released on bail?

  9. - Anyone Remember - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 9:29 am:

    ===Sloppy journalism. ===

    Do miss Mark Maxwell.

  10. - hisgirlfriday - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 9:29 am:

    The Kenneally comments in the WBBM piece made no logical sense just on their own terms. At one point in the story he is claiming (falsely) that judges have no discretion post-SAFET act. Then he talks about inmates petitioning for release and how he hopes judges (who now have discretion apparently) don’t let them out

  11. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 9:30 am:

    ===Mark Maxwell===

    Mark was a downstate tv reporter, not a Chicago radio reporter.

  12. - Torco Sign - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 9:40 am:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but in regards to the “judges don’t have discretion” argument, I think it’s because the burden is now on the state in the initial appearance. The power has shifted from judge to state’s attorney. Not the strongest argument from a prosecutor but not wrong per se about judges.

  13. - Annonin' - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 9:44 am:

    Sad to learn of the passing of Jim Hoge. One of the most lively people to be part of Chicago area journalism in “modern times” Interviewed with him for a job I did not get. Found him inspiring. RIP.

  14. - Demoralized - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 9:44 am:

    @Captain Obvious

    Everything with the law is going to be negative with you so there’s really no point in trying to talk to people like you. You’ve already got yourself convinced that it’s all bad.

  15. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 9:56 am:

    ===The power has shifted from judge to state’s attorney. Not the strongest argument from a prosecutor but not wrong per se about judges.===

    Prosecutors need to work to meet thresholds, a burden required far more (very far more) now, so I keep wondering (even “here”, aloud) why do these SAs and Sheriffs think it’ll work for them to seem inept with this rollout when they can be seen as engaged in process and show where they are championing their thoughts, to the law and using the tools of the Act to their needs in process.

    The lazy is… to choose to be a victim of being lazy… to the work available to them.

  16. - Grandson of Man - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 9:57 am:

    How can any ILGOP criticize the SAFE-T act when this party’s leader fomented a violent coup attempt? Take a seat and be quiet.

  17. - H-W - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 9:59 am:

    @ Captian Obvious

    === You’re willing to gamble that won’t happen? ===


  18. - Steve - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 10:03 am:

    The Biden Administration has removed a major hurdle for those migrants looking to work. I wonder if this will encourage Abbott and De Santis to send more buses to Chicago.

  19. - Rich Miller - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 10:08 am:

    ===I wonder if this will encourage Abbott and De Santis to send more buses===


    You think they need reasons?

  20. - Steve - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 10:14 am:

    -You think they need reasons?-

    In this kind of PR, it just adds to the reasons. Their bases don’t want anyone migrants.

  21. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 10:16 am:

    ===In this kind of PR, it just adds to the reasons. Their bases don’t want anyone migrants.===

    Friend, with that thinking, the politics will demand they never be satisfied or want pause.

    Your edging on “concerned trolling” as you ignore the obvious political wants by them, not the needs of the immigrants.

  22. - smile politely - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 10:49 am:


    you did read what the democratic gov of ny just said right about the migrant crisis…….. we are running out of space

    and here is your :”cite”

    So is she wrong or right?

  23. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 10:51 am:

    ===So is she wrong or right?===

    What is the *population* by square mile in rural Texas counties?

    Can staging be done in areas where the Feds can do that?

    Why or why not?

  24. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 10:55 am:

    I’d also submit NM and AZ, with the Feds taking charge and working to begin with staging, then processing, then working to help people and other states.

    I can almost *feel* your vacant stare and silly grin.

    The politics of having NY, IL, FL, TX, AZ, CA, and NM work in a bipartisan way to apply pressure to the Feds and treat people as people too… the politics of DeSantis and Abbott aren’t about that.

  25. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 10:57 am:

    ===I wonder if this will encourage Abbott and De Santis to send more buses to Chicago.===

    Only if they are stupid. With work authorization and thousands of vacant jobs in the hospitality industry in both states (and here), a lot of these Venezuelans going to work is exactly what Florida needs.

    Lunch doesn’t cook itself. Hotels rooms don’t clean themselves. Oranges don’t pick themselves. Etc. The Sun Belt is being overrun with retirees. If the labor market doesn’t keep up, these state economies are in serious trouble.

    Migrants working will solve a lot of problems. My bet is the bus stunt made its point and now it can end. DeSantis and Abbott can now exploit cheap unskilled labor instead of exporting it elsewhere.

  26. - Big Dipper - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 11:06 am:

    ==He said he doubts lawmakers will agree to modify the law, even if prosecutors provide them with evidence of how the legislation is backfiring.

    “I have no faith that any of this is going to get fixed,” Kenneally said.==

    Um, there already had been amendments. What a sorry excuse for a public official.

  27. - btowntruth from forgottonia - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 11:11 am:

    “Their bases don’t want any migrants.”
    Fixed it for you Steve.

  28. - Independent - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 1:14 pm:

    If someone had told me fifteen years ago that bomb threats against libraries would become a regular thing I would have been perplexed. But then arose the Tea Party, which then was swallowed by the MAGA movement, and sadly it all makes sense now.

  29. - Agora - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 2:18 pm:

    Vale James Hoge. I’ll have a drink at the Mirage in your memory.

  30. - DuPage - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 2:48 pm:

    I would have to side with the CO2 pipeline NIMBYs. Unlike the power lines, which help bring in cheaper wind power to customers in Illinois, the CO2 pipeline and underground dump does not benefit the Illinois public. The dump does have significant risks to aquafers and water wells over a large area.

  31. - Dotnonymous x - Thursday, Sep 21, 23 @ 3:29 pm:

    - If someone had told me fifteen years ago that bomb threats against libraries would become a regular thing I would have been perplexed. -

    I tried… to issue the warning…to no avail.

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