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Saturday, July 20

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Revenge of the Second
City will be covering
Springfield budget time.

Chicago voters
Should know how they are getting
Hosed. To that end, haiku.

As budget wrangling
Progresses, legislators
Will keep us apprised.

How awesome is it
"Governor Blagojevich"
= seven syllables?

Also very awesome
Is that five syllables are:
Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan
Governor Blagojevich
Round Six: Fight!

Springfield is crazy
Where reason goes to hide
Lawmakers: find it!

Our correspondents
For this budget process
John Fritchey (D), Greg Harris (D)

I was not biased
Could not find Republicans
Willing to haiku.

Hon. Greg Harris, D-Chicago:

I push my green switch
Rules amendment woe
Should have just flushed

Hon. John Fritchey, D-Chicago:

Predictions Begin
Legislative Haiku Man
Keen Insights Abound

Democrat Gridlock
Budget Battle Continues
Summer in Springfield

Fitzgerald Rolls On
Government is Not Yet Clean
Indictments to Come


Cub Fans Get Their Day
No Season of Discontent
This Will Be the Year

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haiku fan / April 10, 2008 9:44 PM

Explaining budget processes through Haiku? This should be interesting--and challenging.

I will be surprised if any Springfield legislators can sustain describig the legislative process through haiku.

Rep. John Fritchey / April 10, 2008 11:24 PM

Pay close attention
You'll be pleasantly surprised
Haiku continues

Kenzo / April 11, 2008 12:55 PM

This could lead to a
new movement in politics
haikued policies

Prospective Staffers
Should include their haiku skills
On their resumes

C-Note / April 11, 2008 4:49 PM

The Cubs will never
Be the champs. No one knows why.
Maybe it’s the fans.

Ramsin / April 11, 2008 5:42 PM

C-Note is quite wise
In perpetuity, Cubs
Will suck. Sorry fans.

Cletus Warhol / April 14, 2008 12:21 PM

Bureaucrats spew air
Finances Still in Arrears
Vote Them Out Pronto

Cletus Warhol / April 14, 2008 12:26 PM

Blago, Emil, Mike
Triumvirate of Shitheads
Rank and File Lack Guts

C'mon / April 14, 2008 12:38 PM

Illinoisans Caught
In Matrix of Corruption
Need Real Leaders Now

Cletus Warhol / April 16, 2008 12:10 AM

Voted For Blago
Expecting Quick Indictment
Fitz Installs Pat Quinn


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Ramsin Canon studies and works in politics in Chicago. If you have a tip, a borderline illegal leak, or a story that needs to be told, contact him at

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