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Afternoon roundup

Tuesday, Oct 17, 2023 - Posted by Rich Miller

* From the FBI yesterday

The FBI’s crime statistics estimates for 2022 show that national violent crime decreased an estimated 1.7% in 2022 compared to 2021 estimates:

    • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter recorded a 2022 estimated nationwide decrease of 6.1% compared to the previous year.
    • In 2022, the estimated number of offenses in the revised rape category saw an estimated 5.4% decrease.
    • Aggravated assault in 2022 decreased an estimated 1.1% in 2022.
    • Robbery showed an estimated increase of 1.3% nationally.

Click the pic for the entire graph, but this is the rate per 100,000 people, by year, with Illinois in blue and national rate in grey

That’s quite a steep drop-off compared to the national numbers (287 vs. 381 per 100,000 last year)

* Illinois Policy Institute

Illinois Policy Institute polling found 60% of Illinois voters would not support Gov. J.B. Pritzker in seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in 2024.

The Lincoln Poll found 60% don’t want Pritzker to run for president, 28% do and 12% were unsure. The survey of 800 registered Illinois voters from Sept. 20-24 was conducted by Echelon Insights for the Illinois Policy Institute.

No reasons were given for why they don’t want him to run, but Biden is running, so the question is moot. The poll also found Pritzker’s job approval was at 48-47. It also found that 68 percent of Republican voters and 69 percent of Republican-leaning voters oppose vote-by-mail for elections in Illinois. Just 13 percent in both GOP categories strongly support mail-in voting. 89 percent of Democrats and 87 percent of Democratic-leaners support mail-in voting, while 7 and 9 percent, respectively, strongly oppose.

* The video is here. Press release…

llinois Secretary of State employees will begin sporting brand new navy-blue vests at all 138 DMV facilities statewide as part of a rebranding effort aimed at improving the overall customer experience, Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias announced today.

As part of the announcement, Giannoulias’ office released a video displaying the new vests, which were union made in Illinois, that the more than 1,800 DMV employees started wearing today.

“The vests will make it easier for all DMV visitors to immediately identify employees as they walk in while creating a sense of professionalism and approachability that will improve customer satisfaction,” Giannoulias said. “They will also help build a sense of teamwork and enhance the workplace environment for employees.”

A few hours after sending out that press release, he sent out a fundraising email about the vests and other office improvements.

* Letter to the editor published by Crain’s

Crain’s should spend less time falsely attacking me from afar and instead focus on the real issues important to the future of the people of Chicago.


I mean, if you’re gonna leave, then leave already.

* Thoughts?…

* Heh

* Background is here. I’ll finish with an animal story. Firefighters rescued a python yesterday during a fire at Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington

* Isabel’s roundup…


  1. - Roadrager - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 2:50 pm:

    See my vest, see my vest
    When you take your driving test
    Get your sticker, won’t be quicker
    But I swear I’ll try my best

  2. - Lucky Pierre - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 3:14 pm:

    The other 95% of Ken Griffins letter is worth a read and of course was not rebutted.

  3. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 3:21 pm:

    ===is worth a read===

    To you, his greatest apologist outside the biz press.

  4. - Soccermom - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 3:26 pm:

    Dear Ken,

    How can I miss you if you won’t go away?

    (Fun fact — My beloved alma mater, the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, sent me a fundraising letter showcasing a professor in the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics. I did not respond.)

  5. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 3:28 pm:

    ===Crain’s should spend less time falsely attacking me from afar and instead focus on the real issues important to the future of the people of Chicago.


    Ken is just adorable. Thin skinned and cold to his soul.

    Nick Offerman likely got Ken “too close” and Ken didn’t like the mirror. Truly a phony that Griffin, the only guy I could think of that hates a city and state so much he’s gonna require a museum to bare his name in the place he loathes.

    Just so adorable.

  6. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 3:32 pm:

    ===It also found that 68 percent of Republican voters and 69 percent of Republican-leaning voters oppose vote-by-mail for elections in Illinois===

    I’m old enough to remember the ILGOP vote by mail program as the cornerstone to the ILGOP sweep, Edgar on down, Pate and Lee… and that VBM program, mail universe merged with sample ballot…

    The cult don’t like it, ‘cause the cult leader trained the cultists.

    My hope it is ruinous for years to come for this ILGOP.

  7. - Frida’s boss - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 3:33 pm:

    They saved Squeezy the Pension Python

  8. - Pundent - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 3:34 pm:

    =The other 95% of Ken Griffins letter is worth a read and of course was not rebutted.=

    Ken Griffin, and his last two chosen candidates, were heavily rebutted at the polls. In fact the loss was so stinging last time around he didn’t even stick around for the general election. So you’ll have to excuse me if I ignore his opinions on what ails Illinois.

  9. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 3:37 pm:

    ===he didn’t even stick around for the general election===

    He actually testily bugged out before his candidate finished third in the primary.

  10. - Stuck in Celliniland - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 3:38 pm:

    Stop referring to Drivers Services Facilities in Illinois as DMVs. Whenever I hear “DMV” I always think of the ones in California, or the one in the Simpsons where Marge’s twin sisters Patty and Selma worked.

  11. - Red Ranger - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 3:40 pm:

    A quarter of the people in Idaho think they live in the Midwest? 2/3 of Oklahoma? I dunno about that.

  12. - Lucky Pierre - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 3:40 pm:

    His 1.3 billion in charitable contributions in Illinois were not heavily rebutted

  13. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 3:41 pm:

    Alexi proves time and again he is not about anything but promoting Alexi… the living embodiment of “never mistake activity for achievement”… Alexi is nothing but a prop up phony of a “leader”

    Do you know how insincere you have to be to make Mike Frerichs look engaged in doing things outside of doing it for his own promotion? Alexi has achieved that, so…

  14. - Anon221 - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 3:46 pm:

    To me if you live on the border of the Mississippi River (and maybe throw in MI, IN, and OH), you live in the MidWest. From the Dakotas to OK that has always been the Great Plains to me. Of course, there was a time when Illinois was considered the “West”, too:)

  15. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 3:49 pm:

    ===His 1.3 billion in charitable contributions in Illinois===

    So, he was buying love?

  16. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 3:52 pm:

    ===were not heavily rebutted===

    The narcissist wants a museum to bare his name in a city and state he despises, contrary to his phony remarks.

    It’s not altruism guiding Griffin, it’s tax breaks and self serving monuments named by him to his own perverse “greatness”… like shorting stocks…

    Good riddance. Sometimes it’s not about the money.

    Maybe your hero Griffin can fund Invest in Kids in perpetuity?

    They can even name the program for him, LOL

  17. - Jeremy Karlin - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 3:57 pm:

    Even Buffalo, New York is considered Midwest by some

  18. - Donnie Elgin - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 4:03 pm:

    “1,800 DMV employees started wearing today”

    Funny how crass Alexi is, he’s out begging for donations before most of the SoS staff have even donned their new togs. Let’s hope they do not have a problem with the vest like American Airlines or Delta had with new uniforms

  19. - Lucky Pierre - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 4:10 pm:

    He was quite clear who he despised, the corrupt Illinois Democratic party run by Michael Madigan.

    Not sure what is LOL funny about the Invest in Kids program going away.

    That scholarship, that benefits thousands of poor kids, is going away because the Teacher’s Union, led by Stacy Davis Gates, opposes other people’s children taking advantage of the same opportunities her family does.

  20. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 4:13 pm:


    You’re a joke. Have a nice day.

  21. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 4:16 pm:

    ===That scholarship, that benefits thousands of poor kids===

    Like Griffin’s donations, it’s phony altruism for tax breaks, benefiting the schools first, the students, a great many, are already attending the schools, now the schools get “full price”

    So, why not, call it the “Griffin Scholarships”… but of course the tax breaks don’t really help to fully fund it, so it can’t be too altruistic…

    … tax breaks for wealthy folks who likely aren’t going to give without the breaks, benefiting the schools with cash, with students now getting full tuition to give to the schools, with the same education given before the scholarships.

    Perfectly matched for Griffin.

  22. - Lucky Pierre - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 4:17 pm:

    Intelligent ad hominem rebuttal as usual, but only one this time?

    You have a nice day as well

  23. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 4:19 pm:

    ===Michael Madigan===

    Madigan is gone. It was in all the papers… including Crain’s.

    Imagine being the richest person in a state and to be even recognized that you matter… you force your name on a museum… even as you leave the state anyway… pathetic to one’s character.

    The seemingly only Illinois homage is Illinois’ own Nick Offerman capturing his narcissism so perfect in film Griffin is beside himself trying to rehabilitate an identity that no one really cared for before he wanted to be known.

    Good riddance, enjoy Florida.

  24. - Pundent - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 4:21 pm:

    =He was quite clear who he despised, the corrupt Illinois Democratic party run by Michael Madigan.=

    So what? His policies and candidates were soundly rejected. Which suggests that whatever animus the voters may feel towards the Democratic Party is eclipsed by Ken Griffin and his candidates.

  25. - Jed bartlett - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 4:29 pm:

    That crime data smells a little fishy when you look at the drop off in participating departments for 2021 and 2022. The vehicle theft data does paint a pretty stark picture though.

  26. - Lucky Pierre - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 4:29 pm:

    JB was a lot more magnanimous about Ken Griffith and Citadel than your sour grapes

    “I’ve talked to Ken Griffin. I’ve known him for a number of years. We still have a major Citadel headquarters in Chicago and quite a number of people still working there. They haven’t moved jobs and we’re glad to have them in Illinois. But I’m sorry he left

    You do realize it will cost a lot more than the lost tax revenue its absorb the thousands of kids into the public school system with the end of the Invest In Kids act

  27. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 4:34 pm:

    ===You do realize===

    … you cited an editorial?

    Further? Easy. It’s the tax breaks driving the donations, otherwise folks would easily and readily donate all the needed funds.

    You do realize that, lol

  28. - don the legend - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 4:39 pm:

    LP. I hope Ken is paying you a few million for his defense. If so, you can contribute to the schools that will be hurt by the end of the Invest in Kids program. That assumes you currently don’t.

  29. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 4:41 pm:

    ===We still have a major Citadel headquarters in Chicago and quite a number of people still working there. They haven’t moved jobs===

    So like a spoiled 8-year old, nothing really changed except the childish action of Griffin leaving the state, and to soothe Griffin’s fragile own self worth, Pritzker says nice things, like you do for that child?

    It’s like you have this need to make Griffin seem to matter…

    … the dude was the richest guy in the state and he needs you to make him “good and relevant”?

    Of course I’d laugh out loud at that. It’s pathetic …to Griffin.

  30. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 4:46 pm:


    Nobody is stopping these rich people from investing in scholarships for kids. They are free to continue doing so. They just won’t get a 75% tax break for doing so.

  31. - Anyone Remember - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 5:24 pm:


    “That scholarship, that benefits thousands of poor kids, … .”

    How many of those “poor kids” have physical / developmental “issues” … have an IEP … their private schools provides ADA sufficient transportation? We’ll wait for the answer.

  32. - uialum - Tuesday, Oct 17, 23 @ 6:26 pm:

    Can’t wait for the FOIA results on how much those new vests cost…

  33. - Rabid - Wednesday, Oct 18, 23 @ 6:24 am:

    Griffin writes a movie review about himself

  34. - Betty Draper’s cigarette - Wednesday, Oct 18, 23 @ 8:45 am:

    Here’s hoping Christopher Solomon is reunited with his baby soon.

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