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* The setup

A day after he defied his security detail and ran into a burning house to save a woman’s life, Newark Mayor Cory Booker says he’s a good neighbor, not a superhero.

The mayor of New Jersey’s largest city was treated and released from the hospital after suffering smoke inhalation and second-degree burns on his hands Thursday night.

With a bandage around the thumb and first finger of his right hand, Booker said he felt terror, not bravery as he dashed through the flames with the woman over his shoulder. Though many are hailing him as a hero, he said he did what anyone would have done.

“There are people who do this every day. There are firefighters who do this every day. I am a neighbor and I did what any neighbor would do,” Booker said at a news briefing Friday.

The woman Booker helped save is in stable condition at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston with burns to her back and neck. The mayor described her as a close friend who has been his neighbor for six years.

* The Question: With snark heavily encouraged, what do you think our state’s most prominent leaders would do if their neighbor’s house was on fire?

Happy Friday.

posted by Rich Miller
Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 11:32 am


  1. Stand there and watch it burn!! Just like tehy did with the pension mess and the rest of Illinois’ finances for the last 20+ years.


    Comment by train111 Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 11:34 am

  2. Get a stick and a marshmellow.

    Comment by PublicServant Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 11:36 am

  3. Madigan would offer to get their property tax assessment lowered, for a suitable fee, of course.

    Comment by so.... Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 11:36 am

  4. Tom Cross would go play a round of golf

    Comment by so.... Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 11:37 am

  5. Check their party affiliation before deciding how to act.

    Comment by Ahoy Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 11:38 am

  6. ==Tom Cross would go play a round of golf==

    Correction, Tom Cross would talk a big game for months about how he was going to be a hero and save this woman from the burning building, and THEN go play a round of golf.

    Comment by so.... Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 11:40 am

  7. The Dems would stand around and say “we can’t put it out with republicans sharing in the effort”

    The Republicans would stand around and say “we’re not doing anything until we see 10% across the board destruction of this house”

    Comment by Robert Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 11:40 am

  8. Quinn would pace back and forth trying to make up his mind, weighing the pros and cons, rummaging through betsy for his note cards on fire safety and emergency management…needless to say it doesn’t go so well for the house.

    Comment by Curious Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 11:40 am

  9. Gov. Quinn (being generous with the prominent leader title today) and budget director Jerry Stermer agree not to put out any fires for a year if it promises to take care of Dan Rutherford’s election HQ.

    Speaker Madigan slashes the fire trucks’ tires for parking in front of four of his yard signs.

    President Cullerton gives the victims legislative scholarships.

    Leader Radogno convinces her entire caucus to vote against borrowing the neighbor’s hose to put it out.

    Leader Cross sends Skip Saviano in his place.

    Comment by Dirty Red Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 11:42 am

  10. Madigan: take a vote on whether to rescue them, but require a two-thirds majority for approval

    Cross: give them a tax break

    Quinn: offer them a discounted night’s stay at a Motel 6

    Comment by South of Sherman Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 11:43 am

  11. [politician] would be arrested for arson. After the fire is put out [patron] would go on sunday news to call [politician] a bad apple and call for his resignation

    Comment by hammer Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 11:43 am

  12. Order the fire department to protect their home before doing anything about the burning neighbor’s house and the screaming neighbor children on the upper floor.

    Comment by Cook County Commoner Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 11:43 am

  13. Very careful to not mention Mayor Daley by name specifically, Rahm would point out that past compromises and decisions resulted in the house being on fire, would yell at any media member who dared ask him to pick up a hose, and then would promise a new public-private initiative to fund sprinkler systems in every building that would prevent this sort of thing, and then would yell again at any media member who asked him for specifics.

    Comment by Robert Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 11:44 am

  14. ==if their neighbor’s house was on fire?==

    You mean it isn’t?

    Comment by anonymice Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 11:46 am

  15. Quinn: Part of him would feel putting out the fire was very important and would call on others to help him fight it, then he would decide it would be better to go go have some nachos..

    Mike Madigan: Would run in the front yard and remove the Republican yard signs.

    Tom Cross: Seeing it was Oswego Willie’s home (with no one home at the time) he would launch golf balls at the windows claiming he was trying to ‘vent’ the fire out.

    Comment by OneMan Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 11:47 am

  16. Vote “Present”

    Comment by IL8now6 Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 11:48 am

  17. Quinn would hold a Sunday afternoon press conference to criticize the sprinker manufacturer.

    Madigan would buy the property, have it rezoned and the taxes abated and sell it at a huge profit to the Metropolitan Water Reclaimation District.

    Cross would ask Dallas Ingemunson what to do.

    Radogno would send Chris Lauzen, Kyle McCarter and Sam McCann in to rescue people and then lock the door behind them.

    Cullerton’s kid probably started the fire.

    Comment by Oh well Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 11:48 am

  18. The Governor would call for a Task Force on Emergency Rescue and set a midnight deadline for a proposal. The Governor’s office would issue a proposal at the first meeting but insist it’s not a proposal and would make all of the members give back their copies before leaving the meeting. They would pronounce it a “healthy discussion” and then extend the deadline. The Governor would then blame the General Assembly for failing to act but would attend the homeowner’s funeral, as long as he was a member of the military.

    Comment by View from the Cheap Seats Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 11:49 am

  19. Cross would go in & save any and all golf clubs.

    Madigan would only send in Reps who are from ’safe’ districts.

    Cullerton would call Exelon first to get permission.

    Radogno would get her caucus together to vote on taking action.

    Quinn would be busy blaming the legislative leaders for inaction.

    Another basement successfully saved by our crack state firefighting team.

    Comment by Judgment Day Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 11:54 am

  20. make fundraising calls FROM THE FIRE!

    Comment by colt45 Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 11:58 am

  21. GOP: It’s every man for himself. Government is the problem. They should have hired their own private firefighters.

    Dems: If only they had put in a sprinkler system like the regulation we tried to pass. Let’s wait for the fire department to do something.

    Actually I wouldn’t be surprised to see Madigan, Cross, Cullerton, Radogno, or Quinn brave the flames to save someone. JBT would blow the fire out.

    Comment by mark walker Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 11:59 am

  22. Give the firefighters a pension benefit increase.

    Comment by Bluefish Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:01 pm

  23. Whomever runs in will immediately file for workman’s comp afterwards.

    Comment by Wensicia Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:02 pm

  24. Wensicia …and there will be a trial lawyer standing right there watching.

    Comment by In absentia Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:11 pm

  25. The Republican caucuses would call a news conference to blame the Democrats for the fire and then unveil their plans for putting the fire out, but never actually follow through on implementing those plans.

    Comment by Michelle Flaherty Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:12 pm

  26. Look, when State employees other than those classified 14439 - “Facility Firefighter” or 42650 - “Stationary Fireman” go running into a burning building, attempting to save lives, that’s a violation of the AFSCME contract. It’s the sort of thing that just can’t be tolerated, and it *will* result in grievances and lawsuits. It’s an especially egregious violation when non-union employees or managers are engaging in that sort of behavior, as it tends to erode the bargaining power of the union, and results in lost union jobs.

    It’s especially galling when elected officials are stooping that sort of thing, since it evinces a very troubling sort of disrespect for the hard-working men and women of state government, all across this state. Elected officials who run into burning buildings ought to face real challenges in upcoming election cycles, in both the primary and general, and can expect fundraising issues as well.

    Comment by lincoln's beard Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:13 pm

  27. Fiddle.

    Corey Booker’s a trip. That dude could have gone anywhere, done anything and made a boatload of money. But he chose Newark and devoted himself to making it work. Now, there he is, running into burning buildings.

    Comment by wordslinger Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:14 pm

  28. Madigan would have a dozen staffers put out the fire. That’s what they were hired to do.

    Comment by Pot calling kettle Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:18 pm

  29. Jason Plummer would call 119.

    Comment by Anonymous Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:19 pm

  30. Tax it based on the BTUs generated by the fire.

    Fine them for failing to get a permit for open burning.

    Deny its on fire.

    Deny the Civic Federation’s charge that people are now setting their houses on fire becasue of the pension crisis.

    Comment by Tommydanger Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:24 pm

  31. Rep. Derrick Smith would solicit $7,000 as a ‘facilitation fee’ to call 911.

    Comment by How Ironic Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:26 pm

  32. Madigan would send in Brown and tell the Owner, “Don’t Worry, you’ll be fine”…

    Cullerton would draw a map making the neighbor “not a neighbor”….

    Radogno would think the person is a neighbor, save them, then learn that Cullerton moved her out of the neighborhood ….

    Tom Cross …

    First Tom would issue a press release saying how he saved the neighbor from “a flood” … then Tom would save the neighbor after appointing a committee condeming “the flood” … Tom would then give the clothes off his back to the neighbor, consisting of a golf pullover, knickers and argyle socks. The nieghbor would turn down the golf shoes. Tom would describe the rescue as such …”My neighbor lives about a ‘9-iron away, a wedge with the wind, so I grabbed my pull cart after carefully removing my golf bag, and went into the house, and luckily found it wasn’t a flood …looked to see the was a left-to-right tilt to the driveway and rolled the cart up to the garage, leaving me a 3 foot walk to grab them. Scored that an ‘up and out’ on the card, and went to the next emergency.”

    Comment by Oswego Willy Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:27 pm

  33. ===- Anonymous - Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:19 pm:

    Jason Plummer would call 119. ===

    W I N N E R !!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Oswego Willy Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:29 pm

  34. Our “fearless leaders” would not let a decision come to a vote by sending it back to commitee. Then they would figure out a way to tax the entire disaster.

    Comment by Dan Shields, Springfield, IL Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:30 pm

  35. We think this constant comment on Billboards and golf is totally unfair. We all know he would first call a caucus BEFORE heading to the links.

    BTW how is the fly-around with AS going? Missed the live video feed

    Comment by CircularFiringSquad Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:31 pm

  36. Plummer would also ask the Firemen to “play the sirens, PLAY THE SIRENS!” and would want to pet the firedog, and ask for balloons and cake, thinking it was his themed birthday party again.

    Comment by Oswego Willy Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:32 pm

  37. While a crowd of on-the-scene reporters did remotes discussing the tragedy with Cross and Quinn and wondering what would happen next, CapFax readers would learn that Madigan, Radogno, and Cullerton had met behind the house, organized a rescue and put out the fire with water borrowed from a nearby pool with the promise to replace the water as soon as there was some extra available.

    Comment by Pot calling kettle Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:40 pm

  38. They would say “We will let the courts decide what to do with it.”

    Comment by Son of a Centrist Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:41 pm

  39. ==Jason Plummer would call 119. ==

    Stop picking on Jason. He’s not allowed to have his own phone, but he followed the fire trucks on his bike and thought it was “neat” and decided he wanted to run for Fire Chief.

    Comment by Pot calling kettle Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:42 pm

  40. Quinn would talk about saving everyone for so long, the house itself burns to ashes.

    Simon would be present, but quietly, not really say or do too much that can attract attention during the save.

    Lisa would save the neighbor, but Pat Brady will say saving the neighbor should have been done before the FBI did, which will leave everyone scratching their heads.

    Jesse will tumble in the building and in a perfect triple back flip, with the signature twist, place each neighbor on their feet, gpraise the dogs for all offical “tumbler t-shirts”

    jbt will send in rescued, rescue dogs!

    Rutherford will tweet about it … then complain that everyone is upset he tweeted about the rescue, then Rutherford will tweet that the rescue was not at “taxpayers expense”, then tweet to everyone that you don’t have to follow his rescuing prowess, or his tweets.

    Comment by Oswego Willy Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:45 pm

  41. Throw more gasoline on the fire.

    Comment by AmPhotog Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:46 pm

  42. Hire consultants to put out the fire, since all the fireman retired.

    Comment by PublicServant Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:46 pm

  43. Most would suggest that the house wasn’t in fact burning, then they would say that if there were indeed a fire, the state workers were responsible.

    A leaders conference would be called to decide what their response should be, during which time they would discuss lunch options.

    Comment by Sunshine Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:48 pm

  44. Blago would be placing collect calls from Colorado to his attorneys trying to convince them that this is a “bleeping” golden opportunity for a press conference detailing the arguments for his appeal.

    Comment by Little Egypt Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:49 pm

  45. Offer to buy the house at a lower rate than its worth (well, it IS on fire), let it burn, and turn it over to a developer buddy who sells it back to you at an inflated cost.

    Comment by Malicious Swami Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:49 pm

  46. try this again …

    Jesse will tumble in the building and in a perfect triple back flip, with the signature twist, place each neighbor on their feet, and presenting them each an offical “tumbler t-shirt”

    Comment by Oswego Willy Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:50 pm

  47. @LINCOLN’S BEARD: wonderful!

    Comment by mark walker Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:52 pm

  48. Pot Calling Kettle……12:42 pm post priceless. Actually LOL.

    Comment by Little Egypt Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:53 pm

  49. Pongee

    Pongee would drive through the burning house, open all its doors, allowing the neighbors to pile in, speed backwards out the burning house, do a 180 degree turn, drive the neighbors to safety and open the doors to let them out, and look for “his Treasurer” so they can go home together.

    … or so Pongee’s Facebook Page says ….

    Comment by Oswego Willy Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:53 pm

  50. Actually, Plummer would do NOTHING. Plummer would stand on the sidewalk and tell everyone, “Relax, the Power Rangers will be here ANY MINUTE to save the neighbors … watch!”

    Comment by Oswego Willy Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:55 pm

  51. Plummer realizes it Oswego Willy’s house and hops on his bike and rides away, not telling a soul …

    Comment by Oswego Willy Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 12:58 pm

  52. I agree with Oswego Willy: Anonymous @ 12:19 is today’s winner.

    Well done, sir or madam!

    Comment by Northsider Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 1:03 pm

  53. Aaron Schock does a fireman themed photo shoot for GQ.

    Comment by Dirty Red Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 1:05 pm

  54. In trying to rally the neighborhood to put the fire out, Gov. Quinn, in perfect Inspector Clouseau form, would inadvertently throw some TNT into the burning house, blowing it up as well as neighboring houses.

    Comment by Fire? Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 1:09 pm

  55. Cross would have a meeting with his gaggle of “empty suits” that would in the end decide to quietly support whatever Madigan wanted to do.

    Madigan would already have the fire trucks lined up around the corner just waiting for the other caucuses to come to him for help. “Good way to pass a budget” Brown would say.

    Cullerton will be under siege by his caucus so he will have to go along with whatever Madigan puts together in the end.

    Radogno will have a plan put together…but she will not tell anyone what it is and will not show it to anyone. Then she will call Cross and secretly back whatever he has going on with Madigan (without the support of her tea party members of course.)

    Quinn will swoop in and hug the victims on TV and then try to veto the budget. Then he will back out because the budget will have a non-severability clause attached to some COMED/CUB bill that increases wind farm construction in Illinois that Quinn wants super bad(as well as a bunch of other things that his staff doesn’t understand).

    TaDa! Fire out and budget passed. Madigan wins again.

    Comment by Anon Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 1:13 pm

  56. Aren’t Magidan and Quinn neighbors? Somebody would die!

    Comment by WazUP Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 1:19 pm

  57. Some of the comments made me smile but Anonymous @ 12:19 is the only one I got a good laugh out of!
    Jason could also ran around asking everyone what the number is for 911.

    Comment by Dinsdale Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 1:27 pm

  58. Tax the house even more!

    Comment by ah HA Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 1:28 pm

  59. Re-zone it.

    Comment by The Captain Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 1:30 pm

  60. Quinn would talk about being known as the “Firefighting Governor” as he stands in front of the burning house.

    Aaron Schock would stand outside and get in fireman’s uniform, sans shirt and pose for pictures.

    Comment by OurMagician Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 1:35 pm

  61. Form a commission to study the problem.

    Comment by Esteban Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 1:38 pm

  62. Meet as a group across the street, look very concerned, issue several statements about how close the homes next door are, ponder the next move, then be very relieved when the fire trucks show up, finally issue more statements on the dangers of fire and the bravery of the fire department.

    Comment by zatoichi Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 1:49 pm

  63. Quinn would send his staff in to quickly re-arrange the furniture and drapes, run back out and proclaim “Tough Choices were made today, and so good people of Illinois the problem has been addressed”.

    Comment by How Ironic Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 1:58 pm

  64. Save and sell the valuables.

    Comment by Wumpus Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 2:06 pm

  65. Another vote for Anonymous @12:19. This is good. If I were wittier, I would say something about the homeowner being a funeral director….

    Comment by Excessively Rabid Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 2:08 pm

  66. Send the matter to the Rules Committee…to never be heard about again

    Comment by titan Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 2:08 pm

  67. While remaining at a safe distance Rahm, speaking in a soft sincere tone that reminds me uncomfortably of Blago, would express great concern for the family while doing little or nothing to actually solve the problem.

    After the fire is out, Rahm would offer to help the family with repairs — NO BID CONTRACTS, BABY!

    Comment by Skeeter Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 2:17 pm

  68. Aaron Schock would pose shirtless next to a firehose.

    I’ll leave it at that before RM bans me.

    Comment by IrishPirate Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 2:18 pm

  69. Madigan would call Shaw since he’s willing to run into a burning building for the Speaker.

    Comment by reformer Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 2:19 pm

  70. Jesse Jackson Jr. would hold a competing photo op to Schock’s, where he would dress up in his kung fu outfit and tell the fire he was going to kick its ass right after he got his airport built.

    Comment by IrishPirate Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 2:23 pm

  71. Now I hear that the VT Gov just out ran 4 bears in his back yard. When do you think our state pols will get a chance to prove their heroics? What do you think they would have done?

    Comment by Anonymous Me Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 2:24 pm

  72. They’d just kick the embers down the road.

    Comment by Anonymous Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 2:24 pm


    This is my favorite comment from that story:

    Not to be outdone by Cory Booker, Governor Chris Christie just ran into a bakery and saved a tray of Cinnamon Rolls from burning.

    Comment by IrishPirate Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 2:28 pm

  74. In Illinois, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the elected official (or one of his/her kids) that had set the fire.+

    Comment by Brendan Dickus Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 2:28 pm

  75. So they could buy the property themselves and enlarge their own house.

    Comment by Brendan Dickus Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 2:30 pm

  76. Jessie White would have the tumblers secretly throw Derrick Smith in to the house. Or was that already an episode of “The Boss”

    Comment by frustrated GOP Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 2:30 pm

  77. Gov. Quinn would tell the owners “don’t worry, I’ll notify FEMA of your disaster and they’ll help you out”.

    Comment by Casual observer Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 2:35 pm

  78. Committee of the Whole!

    Comment by Coach Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 2:38 pm

  79. Quinn - Run towards the building. Stop, turn around. Run towards the building again, turn around again.

    Cullerton - Wait to see what Madigan does. Talk about how he would do things differently. But then do the same.

    Madigan - would not have to do anything. The Moody Brothers would run into the burning building for him.

    Cross & Radogno - who you kidding, it doesn’t matter what they would do.

    Comment by siriusly Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 2:41 pm

  80. Anita Alvarez would say that she has no plans to look at any of Daley’s nephews for the crime even though one was captured on video with a torch and a can of gasoline walking up to the house saying “BURN IT BURN IT BURN IT BURN IT”

    Comment by Skeeter Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 2:44 pm

  81. AJ drives home Paulie (and his piano) from first with a stand-up triple on Friday the 13th.

    The cosmos are in motion. Anything is possible.

    Comment by wordslinger Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 2:57 pm

  82. Mike Bost would actually put out the fire. Some may remember on election night 1998 Rep Bost spent the evening fighting a fire and did not get the election results till the next morning.

    Comment by John A Logan Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 3:02 pm

  83. quinn- that looks like my fiscal house, wait are those capitol fax people having another party with out me?
    the republicans- is that another dupage shredding party?

    Comment by stu Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 3:05 pm

  84. Madigan’s house is fireproof. He would eat an apple and watch it burn.

    Comment by Hopalong Cassadeech Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 3:06 pm

  85. Dinsdale @ 1:27 p.m.,

    Call me.

    – Spiny Norman

    Comment by Northsider Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 3:09 pm

  86. ==Now I hear that the VT Gov just out ran 4 bears in his back yard. When do you think our state pols will get a chance to prove their heroics?==

    We gotta get some of them bears.

    Comment by Excessively Rabid Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 3:11 pm

  87. Madigan, Cullerton and Cross would conspire to take away the firefighter pensions.
    Quinn would blather on and on about Mrs. O’Leary’s cow.

    Comment by Jake From Elwood Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 3:27 pm

  88. Northsider. Damn, Doug and I thought we’d be safe here.

    Comment by Dinsdale Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 3:30 pm

  89. Quinn, Cullerton and Madigan would busily be trying to hide the kerosene and the matches in the back yard.

    They would explain to the other neighbors how a lot of houses are currently on fire and our problems are similar to the ones all of the other neighborhoods are experiencing.

    They would then tell the neighbors they need the do nothing Republicans, Cross and Radogno, to get in there and put out the fire.

    Comment by The Roof, The Roof Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 3:49 pm

  90. Monique Davis would grab as much as she can to put on display in her office.

    Shane Cultra just starts screaming, “NO!”

    Mike Jacobs punches Kyle McCarter. (Why? Nobody really knows.)

    Dan Brady yells about why no one consulted him on what to do in the event funeral arrangements are necessary.

    Dan Duffy is on his way to help, but he was stopped for running a red light.

    Martin Sandoval wants to know what’s in it for him if he puts out the fire.

    Comment by Dirty Red Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 3:54 pm

  91. Pat Quinn would just say those folks got a “haircut” and that they’ll be just fine in his opinion. Lawmakers from both parties would say the house was too costly for the state to save and we had to let it burn down to actually save the people who lived there. Burning the house down was really a concern to make sure those people could still live a decent life.

    Comment by laughing Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 4:02 pm

  92. Rahm’s handlers decide that hip hop is in, so he stands, points, and exclaims “the roof, the roof, the roof is on fire!”

    Comment by amalia Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 4:04 pm

  93. Sox win.

    Comment by wordslinger Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 4:06 pm

  94. The Tribune will have an editorial bashing Madigan as the common denominator throughout the whole mess. He was Speaker when the house was built. He did nothing to prevent the fire, and the house burned down on his watch. Tom Cross and Christine Radogno don’t have the votes to stop fires, so they can’t be blamed. If only the voters of the 13th Ward could see that Madigan is essentially an arsonist and would burn down their homes too, maybe then they’d vote him out of office.

    In other news, a Tribune poll found that 30% of midsized homes considered burning themselves down due to the inept leadership of Madigan and the state’s Democrats.

    Comment by 47th Ward Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 4:20 pm

  95. @Wordslinger….YES!!!!!

    Comment by amalia Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 4:22 pm

  96. Rahm would tell the f@$#ing fire to stop f$#@ing burning.

    And it would.

    Comment by Michelle Flaherty Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 4:36 pm

  97. ===We gotta get some of them bears. ===

    Best comment of the day. Laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes.

    Comment by Rich Miller Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 4:43 pm

  98. 47, that’s inspired. If only he would use his sorcery for good.

    Comment by wordslinger Friday, Apr 13, 12 @ 4:54 pm

  99. Well, we actually had something sort of similar happen in Chicago. I believe it was the summer of 1980 when there was a fire inside the Conrad Hilton and one soot covered lady came running down the stairs right into the comforting arms of Mayor Jane Byrne.

    Like I said, sort of similar.

    Comment by Cheswick Saturday, Apr 14, 12 @ 8:07 pm

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