Other election tidbits
: If there’s justice in this world, Dan Grabauskas
would be elected state treasurer. He won’t. (See Herald poll story above for gory details.) ...
... Hub Blog was all set to take an unfair swipe at these stories by Joanna Weiss
and Brian McGrory
. You know, the typical bemoaning-of-negative-campaigning pieces. (Is there a checklist of stories political reporters feel compelled to do?) I decided it was unfair for two reasons: A.) Both Weiss and McGrory have written superb campaign stories/columns over the past few months, so they don’t deserve cheap shots from moi (at least not today) and B.) There’s this column by Godfrey Sperling
about political reporters of yesteryear, making one feel lucky we have political reporters like Weiss and McGrory today. It’s a hilarious piece, bringing back fond memories of the days when Hub Blog was a Statehouse reporter in Illinois. Sperling is right: No reporters in Illinois today take bribes, though they still like to rub shoulders with pols and give them free advice, particularly pols like former Gov. Jim Thompson or current Gov. George Ryan, who traditionally threw the best damn booze-soaked parties in Springfield, Ill. (George’s fun bashes occurred before a number of his key staff members were indicted by the feds, but that’s another story.)