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TALKING POINTS: Leaving Illinois

Every day it seems another Illinois citizen is whining about having to leave Illinois because of everything from corruption to high taxes.

It’s easy to leave. There are major interstate routes to surrounding states. You can leave by air from many large and small airports. You can leave by rail, although unless you leave from Chicago east or northbound, or a depot near the state line, it’ll take awhile to kiss the Prairie State goodbye out the window of the lounge car.

And of course you can always hike out, or maybe build a covered wagon, buy some horses or mules and leave like the ancestors.

By any means if you must go, go.

Most who stay won’t miss the constant whining.

Good luck, Gov
and Mr. Speaker

Good luck to our fearless Illinois leaders who officially take office or start new terms next week.

Gov.-elect Pritzker is new to state government so let’s give him a week or two to set things straight. Be nice to him and maybe he’ll just write a personal check to bail the state out.

And remember, you can rest easy, with Speaker Michael Madigan guiding the way.

Seriously, there’s no reason to leave Illinois now.

Hopes for 2019

Hopefully the Illinois and Michigan Canal re-watering project in Ottawa can be completed at a reasonable cost.

Hopefully temperatures will hold below freezing long enough to sustain ice skating on the temporary facility in Ottawa’s Thornton Park.

Hopefully IDOT, city, township and county crews finish or at least catch up with road and street repairs. Potholes have seemingly been getting worse this winter, especially those neglected from last year.

Hopefully this is already turning out to be a great year for you even without a one-way ticket out of Illinois.

Turn off the lights

If you haven’t taken down the Christmas and other holiday decorations yet, don’t you think it’s about time?

Holiday lighting, downtown street banners and other decoration seem to linger longer every year.

While many folks like the joys of the holiday season to linger as long as possible, it won’t be long until the pre-Christmas shopping begins anew.

Geez, the Valentine’s Day specials, President’s Day and Lincoln’s Birthday sales will soon launch if they haven’t already.

While Easter isn’t until April, the big box stores need to move other special stuff fast to get ready.

JIM FRENCH, of Ottawa, is retired after 43 years in radio broadcasting, including 33 in Ottawa. You can reach him through The Times by emailing

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