Some levity amidst the stuffing: What we’re thankful for in Illinois
Sometimes, amidst such a steady stream of headlines about corruption, strikes and credit downgrades, it’s hard to focus on the positive in Illinois. This week, we’re taking a break from data crunching to take stock of all of our blessings. A few of our sources, analysts and readers
shared their thoughts, too.
Here they are. As we begin the holiday season, we’re thankful for your support and honest takes on the issues. “No man,” as Mark Twain (and later, It’s a Wonderful Life’s Clarence) famously noted, “is a failure who has friends.” We’d love, as always, to hear your thoughts, too. Drop us a line.
“Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It settles my mind and halts the sometimes frantic activity of daily life. I’m grateful for the opportunity to slow my mind down, enjoy the moments of the day and refocus.”
Illinois State Senator
“I’m grateful for the amazing people I’ve met this past year. From Cairo to Chicago, Illinois is filled with loving, compassionate and strong people with big dreams. I feel blessed to fight for a brighter future alongside them.”
Illinois Policy Institute
“From a student’s point of view, I would say Illinoisans should be thankful for the close friends we have in our lives. The ones that are there for us through the good and the bad. Also definitely the abundance of coffee shops. Where would we be without coffee?”
Public Policy student
University of Illinois Chicago
“This Thanksgiving my husband and I will be celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary. I’m thankful for all of the love and support he has given me during my first term as a senator. Couldn’t have done any of this without him by my side.”
Illinois State Senator
“I’m thankful that the federal prosecutor is dogged and persistent in rooting out political corruption in the state. My wish is that ALL public officials in IL will learn to fear them and therefore behave as they should on a daily basis. That and world peace, so I’m all good.”
Christopher Z. Mooney
W. Russell Arrington Professor of State Politics
University of Illinois, Chicago
“I’m grateful to all of the organizations and individuals who partner with us to make sure DuPage County is a place where families and businesses thrive. I look forward to working with all of our partners again in 2020.”
Chairman, DuPage County Board
“I’m thankful for the ethics reforms on Aldermanic Prerogative, increasing the powers of the Inspector General, and amendments to the ethics ordinance pushed by Mayor (Lori) Lightfoot.I hope after the scandals, next year we can be thankful for changes in ethics and good government enacted in Springfield. That is the challenge ahead.”
Former Chicago Alderman
University of Illinois at Chicago Political Science Professor
“Illinoisans should be most thankful for new laws requiring high-quality civics instruction in middle and high school classrooms. By investing in the civic capacity of youth, we will empower them to collectively address the generational challenges facing our state.”
Director, Democracy Program
Robert R. McCormick Foundation
“I think Illinoisans should be thankful for living in a state with one of the greatest cities in the world-Chicago. In Lake County, where I live, we are so close to Chicago but we are surrounded by astounding natural beauty. There are over 500 miles of biking and walking trails that wind through gorgeous oak savannas and spectacular prairies We have gorgeous lakes for kayaking, boating, fishing, and bird-watching, There are endless things to do and yet we are just a train ride away from downtown.”
Lake County Board Chairwoman
"As one who is engaged on a daily basis in Illinois politics it is easy to be disgruntled and dismayed. However, this past year I am thankful that some bad actors are being exposed and hopeful that positive change will result. It’s important for those elected officials with pure motives to not be dissuaded and carry on, perhaps this will provide some motivation."
Executive Director, State Government Affairs, BNSF Railway
"We can enjoy the healthy foods, good transportation, great places to work, live and raise children. And there is no concern for the natural disasters like hurricanes, tsunamis and earthquakes. "
School Board Member, Maine Township 207
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