M.Leddy + illinois   68

Union Iron Works
[“Union Iron Works. Decatur, Ill.”
Illinois  photography 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
Not exactly a profile in courage
Our representative in Congress, John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15), commenting on the possibility of Chinese tariffs on soybeans and other crops: “I’m just a legislator.”
Illinois  politics 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
The real fake news in Illinois
The Chicago Tribune reports on Liberty Principles and Think Freely Media, purveyors of pseudo-newspapers.
Illinois  politics  truth 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
Illinois in the NYT
The Times casts the Democratic primary as a contest between just two viable candidates, Kennedy and J.B. Pritzker, a millionaire and a billionaire.
Illinois  NewYorkTimes  politics 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
All Illinois is divided into three parts
A candidate for governor wants to divide the state into three.
Illinois  politics 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
Another biblical tweet is causing him some difficulty.
Illinois  politics  Twitter 
february 2018 by M.Leddy
Shame on John Shimkus
My representative in Congress, John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15), likes to post Bible passages on Twitter. Today he posted one about hanging bodies from trees.
Illinois  politics  race  Twitter 
february 2018 by M.Leddy
“A Billionaire for the Rest of Us”
I offer this parodic campaign slogan to any billionaire who’d like to use it.
Illinois  money  politics 
july 2017 by M.Leddy
Budget!
For the first time in more than two years, Illinois has a budget.
education  Illinois  politics 
july 2017 by M.Leddy
A voter-suppression effort, rerouted
Here is yet another example of the new administration’s failure to employ people who understand the workings of the institutions that the administration seeks to undermine.
Illinois  politics 
july 2017 by M.Leddy
Illinois, Illinois, Illinois
“This impasse has been very cleverly designed to minimize the immediate obvious impact on middle-class families that don’t have a need for state-funded social services.”
education  Illinois  politics 
july 2017 by M.Leddy
Dust storm
A wall of light brown.
Illinois  weather 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
An Obama thought
I’m not Barack Obama. And neither, in some ways, is he.
BarackObama  education  Illinois  politics 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
John Shimkus in the news
Our representative in Congress, John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15), is in the news, having questioned whether prenatal care should be part of the cost of men’s health insurance. After all, men don’t have babies. That’s like a totally female thing.
Illinois  politics 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
Deep story, deep resentment
It’s still remarkable to me that any resident of a town that depends upon a public university for its economic well-being would not be troubled to see that university in decline. It’s like cheering as your own house burns.
education  Illinois  politics 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
DFW and Illinois
A brief tour in The New York Times.
DavidFosterWallace  Illinois 
december 2016 by M.Leddy
Stranded by the State
A video series examining the effects of Illinois’s budget crisis on the state’s people.
Illinois  education  politics 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
Other states
In The New York Times , a state-by-state analysis of how many students leave their home states to attend public universities elsewhere.
education  Illinois  politics 
august 2016 by M.Leddy
About last night
Our trip to hear our state representative speak on funding for our university turned out to be an interesting waste of time.
education  Illinois  politics 
july 2016 by M.Leddy
Creative accounting
Our representative’s explanation of funding for education.
Illinois  education  politics 
july 2016 by M.Leddy
“Illinois, Illinois”
The legislature works out a short-term fix at the last minute.
education  Illinois  politics 
july 2016 by M.Leddy
Illinois budget crisis on The Daily Show
Last night The Daily Show had a six-minute story about the Illinois budget crisis. Spoiler alert: there is no happy ending.
education  Illinois  politics 
june 2016 by M.Leddy
Destruction, degree by degree
Getting rid of philosophy, etc. The present (manufactured) budget crisis in Illinois offers an easy excuse for “flexibility,” really another name for destruction.
Illinois  education  philosophy  politics 
june 2016 by M.Leddy
Rauner sues Rauner
Diana Rauner, wife of Illinois governor Bruce Rauner, leads a child-advocacy group suing the governor and various state agencies for breach of contract.
Illinois  politics 
june 2016 by M.Leddy
Woe is Illinois
Our “pro-business” governor seems incapable of understanding that shutting down social-service agencies, decimating public higher education, and failing to pay the state’s bills do little to foster economic growth or human well-being.
education  Illinois  politics 
may 2016 by M.Leddy
Goodbye, Thompson’s General Store
“Don’t it always seem to go,” &c.
Illinois  shopping 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
Illinois, summer and beyond
Some money is better than no money, but today’s vote does nothing to provide a secure future for public higher education in Illinois, no more than having three months’ rent on hand would provide a secure future for a tenant.
education  Illinois  politics 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
Dick Cavett on Donald Trump
His observations apply to Bruce Rauner too.
Illinois  politics 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
Bruce Rauner: “an epic F”
The Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn gives Illinois’s governor Bruce Rauner “an epic F” at midterm.
education  Illinois  politics 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
The Illinois higher-ed crisis makes it into The New York Times
It is good to see the Times paying attention. But I don’t know of anyone in Illinois who sees the current budget crisis as a matter of “politics as usual.”
education  Illinois  politics 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
Marketplace on Illinois
A helpful introduction to the public higher education crisis in Illinois.
education  Illinois  politics 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
Orange Crate Art: Illinois primaries
It appears that Illinois voters don’t think much of Bruce Rauner.
education  Illinois  politics 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
Back to earth
The mantra of “flexibility” now in play in Wisconsin would seem to be a strategy to diminish or eliminate whole fields of academic endeavor: African-American studies, art history, classical studies, cultural studies, foreign languages, literature, philosophy, queer studies, women’s studies, whatever might be deemed impractical, unprofitable, unacceptable.
education  Illinois  politics 
march 2016 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
Chicago State sends out layoff notices.
education  Illinois  politics 
february 2016 by M.Leddy
Sanders at Chicago State
Bernie Sanders, speaking at Chicago State University last night: “Why is anybody in the world talking about shutting down colleges?” And: “Where are our priorities?”
education  Illinois  politics 
february 2016 by M.Leddy
Obama on the Titanic
As with Bruce Rauner’s State of the State address, the subject of the budget was barely there. Obama’s reference came only in passing, as the ship continues to sink.
BarackObama  Illinois  politics 
february 2016 by M.Leddy
Back to Springfield
Obama returns to address the legislature in a dysfunctional state.
BarackObama  Illinois  politics 
february 2016 by M.Leddy
Three Rauner thoughts
In a prepared text of 4,229 words, Rauner’s first direct reference to the lack of a budget appeared with only 236 words to go,
education  Illinois  politics 
january 2016 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
A sad indication of what now counts as good news in Illinois.
education  Illinois  politics 
january 2016 by M.Leddy
“Horrible”
The present catastrophe-in-the-making threatens to damage public higher education in Illinois for years to come.
education  Illinois  politics 
january 2016 by M.Leddy
Illinois’s higher-ed crisis
Bruce Rauner may not be the worst governor in the United States right now — that honor must go to Michigan’s Rick Snyder. But Rauner is certainly in the running.
education  Illinois  politics 
january 2016 by M.Leddy
Welcome to Illinois
“The rich families remaking Illinois are among a small group around the country who have channeled their extraordinary wealth into political power, taking advantage of regulatory, legal and cultural shifts that have carved new paths for infusing money into campaigns.”
Illinois  politics 
december 2015 by M.Leddy
A petition to protect higher education in Illinois
The situation for public universities and community colleges is growing worse and worse.
education  Illinois  politics 
october 2015 by M.Leddy
Illinois political geography
The New York Times breaks it down.
Illinois  politics 
march 2012 by M.Leddy
Blagojevich sentencing poll
It’s not every state whose news organizations get to poll audiences on appropriate prison time for an ex-governor.”
Illinois  news  politics 
december 2011 by M.Leddy
Rod Blagojevich found guilty
In the Dog-Bites-Man Department: an Illinois politician has been found guilty on corruption charges.
Illinois  politics 
june 2011 by M.Leddy
Need worked
A regionalism, "need + past participle"
Illinois  language  words 
august 2010 by M.Leddy
"Menu"
A buffet menu with lots of quotation marks
Illinois  punctuation  quotationmarks 
may 2010 by M.Leddy
Illinois Central Railroad Pencil
A railroad pencil, and the role of the Illinois Central in blues
blues  Illinois  Museum-of-Supplies  music  pencils  stationery  trains  writinginstruments 
december 2009 by M.Leddy
Pluto Day
"POLS FETE UNDERWORLD BOSS": fake headline for Pluto Day in Illinois
Illinois  Pluto 
march 2009 by M.Leddy
Naming names
The proper names in Rod Blagojevich's closing argument to the Illinois Senate
Illinois  politics 
january 2009 by M.Leddy
Life imitating life
Blagojevich not imitating Nixon
Illinois  politics 
january 2009 by M.Leddy
What irony?
"As legislators weigh impeaching Gov. Rod Blagojevich and federal prosecutors prepare to indict him on corruption charges, his acting chief of staff and a deputy governor will be keynote speakers Wednesday at an "Ethics in the Workplace" seminar for some 200 state employees. . . ."
Illinois  irony  politics 
january 2009 by M.Leddy
Gubernatorial ethics test
Illinois requires all state employees to take an annual ethics test.
Illinois  politics 
december 2008 by M.Leddy
Illinois roadkill
State lacks $$ to pick up roadkill this summer
Illinois 
may 2008 by M.Leddy

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