Lots of animals mark their territories.
Dogs pee. Politicians put up signs with their names on them.
During a campaign, yard signs mark current and, sometimes, eventually hoped for territories.
When a new president of the Cook County Board takes office, the signs in the Forest Preserve are changed to reflect that fact.
Back in 1973, the “People’s” Governor, Dan Walker, the man who somehow captivated the media by walking from the bottom of Illinois to the Wisconsin border, decided that he did not need to put his name on the state’s welcoming signs.
When Walker made the announcement, I was in my first year in Springfield, just as was he. I sent him a congratulatory letter and a press release of praise to local papers.
How ironic that it took over 30 years for a subsequent governor--Rod Blagojevich--to decide to undue that good work of his Democratic Party predecessor.
No longer do just the people of Illinois welcome visitors. Not now that Rod's name is on the sign.
Even the little "welcome to Illinois" on Route 47 north of Hebron has it.
But, that was not enough.
As Jon Hilkevitch writes in his “Getting Around” column in today’s Chicago Tribune, the new
Open Road Tolling – Rod R. Blagojevich, Governorsigns sprouting on all the toll roads cost $15,000 apiece.
“The signs, mounted on steel monotubes above the open-road tolling lanes, require special materials and galvanized brackets that the tollway sign shop cannot install,” the reporter explained.
Tollway spokesman Kathleen Cantillon explained,
We consider it an important sign.Right.
At least pee is free. It doesn’t waste our tax money.
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The Chicago Tribune has a poll on its web site on whether the new blue Blagojevich signs are worth $15,000.
At 2:15 Monday afternoon 7.7% (600) were in favor, while 92.7% (7,756) voted, "No."
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More good stuff at McHenry County Blog.