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Friday, Nov 15, 2019

* This cannot be said enough…

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* Wilco will play us out

It’s frozen in the flames

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Slow down!

Friday, Nov 15, 2019

* From the Illinois State Police’s Facebook page

On November 12, 2019 during an ice storm, a stranded motorist who was being helped by two Illinois State Police Troopers experienced a “Miracle on the Ice.” That’s what it’s being called around ISP District 19 - Carmi!

Probationary Trooper Pflaum and his Field Training Officer, Trooper Zimmerman, were changing the tire on a vehicle on Interstate 64 at milepost 101 near Wayne City, when they came inches from losing their lives. Listen closely as the two ISP HEROES start yelling “Watch out!” and pull the woman out of the way. Fortunately, she was down in the ditch line as the box truck literally passed over the top of her and barely missed the two Troopers. She was treated and released from a local hospital and the two Troopers were not injured. While this was not a Scott’s Law violation because the box truck driver had already moved over to the left lane, he was not showing due caution as he proceeded past the scene. The driver of the box truck was cited for Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid a Crash. (All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.)

We were inches away from a different story being told. Literally inches.

Folks, we can’t stress this enough! SLOW DOWN! Move over when you see vehicles on the shoulder of the roadway with their lights on. Proceed with caution. It is especially important during the snow/ice conditions. As you can see, sometimes it’s a matter of life or death as a stranded motorist. It’s not just about us out there, it is people you know and love that we are assisting also.

* The video is quite dramatic. I presume the troopers are yelling “Truck! Truck! Truck!” and not something else, so just say that’s what it is if you’re at work

Whew. Man.

- Posted by Rich Miller   11 Comments      

*** UPDATED x1 - Feller drops out *** Arroyo replacement still in doubt

Friday, Nov 15, 2019

* Alex Nitkin at the Daily Line has a great piece on the scheduled vote tonight to replace disgraced former Rep. Luis Arroy (D-Chicago). A small excerpt

Nearly a dozen Northwest Side Democratic Committeepeople are due to meet on Friday to pick a replacement for arrested State Rep. Luis Arroyo (D-Chicago) following his resignation from the General Assembly earlier this month. […]

Arroyo has not told [30th Ward Ald. and Democratic Committeeman Ariel Reboyras] whom he plans to enlist as a proxy to cast the plurality of the votes — but Reboyras “hope[s]” that the former representative gives him that power, making the 30th ward alderman the sole decider for who gets to fill the seat, he said. […]

Other party leaders said they believe Arroyo and Reboyras have agreed to appoint Eva-Dina Delgado, who is chief of staff to the president of Peoples Gas and a former CTA lobbyist.

But Reboyras said on Wednesday that he does not know if Delgado still wants the job.

“I called Eva-Dina, and she did not respond,” Reboyras said. “I don’t know if she’s going to present her credentials.”

I told subscribers about Delgado earlier this week and suggested it would be wise of her to stay away from this whole thing. House Speaker Michael Madigan has decreed that if a replacement is selected with proxy votes from Arroyo’s 36th Ward then that person will face a qualifications challenge. The resulting uproar could easily splash onto her utility company employer. Not a good thing in these trying times. To be clear, though, she’d probably be a solid candidate if it wasn’t for all of this mess.

* Mayor Lori Lightfoot is allied with Ald. Reboyras, so I asked the mayor when she was in Springfield this week what she made of his threats to file a federal lawsuit if his and Arroyo’s decision was not honored by the Illinois House

I was a little surprised to see Ariel Reboyras’ comments. I know him quite well and they seemed a little out of character. But in my conversations with him is he’s concerned that there’s a movement by some to try to take this out of the majority Latinx community’s hands. And that’s I think where he was coming from. But I think the speaker has said what he said and I think that it’s the right approach.

The progressives in that district have their own candidate, a Latina, so we’ll have to see how this plays out in the primary.

*** UPDATE *** This development takes a huge argument away from Ald. Reboyras and hands the progressives a late win…

- Posted by Rich Miller   5 Comments      

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