Monk Parakeets in Marquette Park







Monk Parakeets have made their way to Marquette Park. Actually they are quite common here. They are not just in Hyde Park anymore. I remember the late mayor Harold Washington seeing them out his window when he lived in Hyde Park. The late Mayor did not want anyone to harm these birds, he enjoyed watching and listening to them. Now current Mayor Daley lives in Hyde Park, I wonder if he enjoys them as much as the late mayor did? Hyde Park for non-Chicagoans, is where the University of Chicago and our Science Museum are located at east on 55Th Street South and to the lake will get you roughly in the middle of Hyde Park. I might add a Volvo is something that is more out of place here! Where the owner is and why it's there? Maybe it's someone who couldn't find parking at Holy Cross Hospital? Marquette Park by the way is having it's lagoon dug out, that's what all the fencing is about.

"This time around, the governor's events are much more limited: a Monday morning prayer service, the oath of office at midday, a reception at the Executive Mansion and, finally, dancing at the inaugural ball with First Lady Patti Blagojevich in time for the live shots on the 10 o'clock news. After taking the oath, Blagojevich will deliver a speech in which he will offer some new details on health care, education, bolstering the economy and other priorities he embraced in his campaign.
This year's inaugural celebration is expected to cost about a third of the $1.5 million Blagojevich raised in private funds for his first inaugural. Early donors are State Farm Insurance, Constellation New Energy, J.P. Morgan Chase and the Illinois Association of Realtors. Enterprise Rental Car is also supplying transportation.
"The governor made it clear he did not want this to be a taxpayer-funded event," said Doug Scofield, a top Blagojevich campaign aide. "There's not going to be any taxpayer dollars."
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"The Illinois legislature returns to the state Capitol on Sunday for the final days of its lame-duck session before a new General Assembly is sworn in on Wednesday. Here are some of the last-minute issues they may address:
- Freezing or phasing in electric utility rate increases.
Allowing counties a tax of up to $2 a pack on cigarettes.
- Funding legislative pay hikes of about 15 percent.
providing relief to some Cook County property-tax payers.


And the results from Eric Zorn, Chicago Tribune Poll

"- Cook County Board President Todd Stroger will be viewed as a weak, ineffective hack (87 percent)." And I only gave one vote!

3 Comments:

  1. Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...
    "This year's inaugural celebration is expected to cost about a third of the $1.5 million Blagojevich raised in private funds for his first inaugural. Early donors are State Farm Insurance, Constellation New Energy, J.P. Morgan Chase and the Illinois Association of Realtors. Enterprise Rental Car is also supplying transportation"

    Blagojevich sounds like Arnie. People are pissed off at Arnie in CA for his inaugural and his donor from the oil company. It is amazing that these officials would be moola money in a state that has no money. Go figure..

    Hey, great pic.. I noticed that there is no snow. How is your weather? It is very windy here. It took me a while to get home on Friday since the winds were over 70 mph...
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    Raining and raining, it melted all the snow, hey no problem there. Like low to mid 40's which is really good this time of year. I don't like to freeze!
    Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...
    Good Morning/Afternoon:

    A windy 50 degrees today. The weather is supposed to drop in a few days and then we have rain towards the end of this week.. So, what's up in Urkelville? I can tell you that people are pretty pissed at Arnie for his re-election party and the donor for his party: oil company. Not good for the gropinator as the new appointed governor...

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