Guess what year the following comment was made by a state lawmaker regarding the state budget:
"... a budget that is not expected to last throughout the year, but long enough to last through the elections. You know what's going to happen? Come January and February, we're not going to have money for this program or that program.
1994. Then-state Rep. Lauren Beth Gash, a Highland Park Democrat, was explaining to Lakeland Newspapers reporter Kevin Hanrahan why she was one of a select few lawmakers to vote against the state budget.
Keep in mind, this was back during Republican Gov. Jim Edgar's tenure, which in retrospect is perceived as being extremely fiscally responsible.
On Friday, Gov. Rod Blagojevich traveled to Harrisburg way down in Saline County to announce he's moving more than 100 state traffic safety division employees there from Springfield. That's a few hours away from the Capitol and, perhaps not surprisingly, few of the employees plan to uproot and move if this ever comes to fruition.
The governor said he's moving the jobs there because Saline County's unemployment rate is among the state's worst and he's trying to help.
With that sentiment in mind, if you were supreme ruler/governor, what state agency or department would you move where for maximum economic impact?
You know that scene in "Amadeus" where Salieri is looking over the manuscripts of Mozart's music, and Salieri is devastated by the genius he is looking at?
That's more or less how I felt while watching "WALL•E."
How did the tale of a lonely robot bring tears to my eyes? How is it both a searing indictment of, and a love letter to, the human race? How did Disney release a movie that seems to be against everything an enormous media conglomerate stands for? How did the director of "Finding Nemo" top himself?
You'll find out when you see it.