Login/Sign up

World Association of International Studies

PAX, LUX ET VERITAS SINCE 1965
Post Writing to the Governor of Illinois
Created by John Eipper on 01/06/17 1:04 PM

Previous posts in this discussion:

Post

Writing to the Governor of Illinois (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 01/06/17 1:04 pm)

I never wrote to any Italian politician; there's no use in writing insults. However my wife wrote to the Governor of Illinois. I believe I already sent a WAIS post about the experience.

Well, we had gone to get a US driving license. Even if this operation in the States is extremely speedy and inexpensive compared to Italy, many people were in the motor vehicle office and we had to await for rather a long time.

At a certain point my wife looked for the restroom, but she was told that they were available only for the employees. Returning home after getting her driving license, my wife wrote a letter of complaint to the Governor of Illinois.

Surprise, within 5 days we received a letter of apology, in which it was stated that within 15 days for sure the restroom would be available.

Accustomed to the empty promises of politicians in my country, I did not believe the statement, so I went to check. Much to my surprise, the facilities were in place!

Glory to the Illinois governor and to the US system.

JE comments:  Fifteen days can be a long time when you really have to "go," but the Battaglias' experience renews your faith in the power of the concerned citizen. 

Don't know if there's a connection here, but Illinois governors are notorious for spending their retirements in jail--four of the last seven.  Perhaps corrupt politicians get more accomplished than the honest ones?


SHARE:
Rate this post
Informational value 
Insight 
Fairness 
Reader Ratings (0)
0%
Informational value0%
Insight0%
Fairness0%

Visits: 120

Comments/Replies

Please login/register to reply or comment: Login/Sign up

  • Writing to the Governor of Illinois (David Duggan, USA 01/07/17 2:30 PM)
    As I recall Eugenio Battaglia's CV, he lived in the Chicago area in the early 1980s, which would have put him squarely within the era of James R. Thompson, who put the first of those Illinois ex-governors in the slam.

    JE comments: Thompson would be a good bet--he was governor from 1977 through 1991, longer than any governor in Illinois history.


    I could look this up, but David Duggan will give a better answer: Didn't Thompson run for president once, or am I confusing him with Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson?

    Please login/register to reply or comment:

    • Illinois Governor James R. Thompson (Michael Sullivan, USA 01/08/17 7:50 AM)

      I observed Governor Thompson of Illinois in the mid 1980s while waiting in line to see the movie Top Gun in Chicago. He was standing about 10 folks further up in the line and several people kept coming up to him and shaking hands. He was dressed in a sport coat and Levis. I asked the person next to me if he knew who the person was, and he said it was Gov. Thompson.  The next morning I flew out to Southern California to attend my oldest son's college graduation and surprise, surprise Gov. Thompson was the graduation's guest speaker!


      JE comments:  A very happy New Year to Michael Sullivan on the occasion of his first post of 2017.  I cannot resist asking a real-life Top Gun, because I know others in WAISworld have the same question:  what did you think of the film?


      David Duggan has sent a followup on Gov. Thompson.


      Please login/register to reply or comment:

      • "Top Gun": How Accurate a Film? (Michael Sullivan, USA 01/09/17 4:12 AM)
        Answering John E's question as to what I thought of the movie Top Gun, I will say it was a fairly true picture of the life of a Top Gun student during those years, with the usual Hollywood embellishments thrown in. The Naval Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun) was held at NAS Miramar, San Diego, California, during that period and today it's held at NAS Fallon, Nevada.



        The Happy Hour scenes at the Miramar Officers' Club were spot-on, and the movie became the greatest recruiting event for Naval aviation ever! For a year or so after the film came out, there were lines around the block at the Miramar's Officers' Club of single gals waiting to get in to meet a Naval aviator. If you had a flight suit on you got immediate entrance. The two big nights were Wednesday and Friday, as Miramar was known for being the prime social gathering spot for the single set in the San Diego area after Top Gun was released! I have attended many Happy Hours at Miramar over the years even before Top Gun, and it was truly an awesome Officers' Club! Its counterpart on the east coast was the NAS Oceana, Virginia, in Virginia Beach.



        Today Officers' Clubs are disappearing from all services, as they've gone to joint all-ranks clubs which are sparsely attended, losing money and destroying tradition in the Naval service. Political correctness has banned the use of the words "Happy Hour" in the military today to de-emphasize alcohol...



        What impressed me watching the movie in Chicago was the audience kept cheering and applauding when the "good guys" won or did well, proving patriotism thrives in the Midwest.

        JE comments: Here's a reality check:  Top Gun (1986) is already 31 years old, or significantly older than Tom Cruise was (24) when he made the film.


        Michael:  Did the Navy move its training to the wilds of Nevada to minimize distractions?  Who would have thought there's a naval base in landlocked Nevada?


        I can sort of see the point of banning the Happy Hour, at least in name.  Not only do they incentivize binge drinking in the afternoon, they also subliminally--or not so subliminally--equate happiness with intoxication.  How about a Happy Hour of poetry reading, Scrabble, or amateur theater?  (LOL)

        Please login/register to reply or comment:

        • Fallon, Nevada (Timothy Brown, USA 01/09/17 2:12 PM)

          Fallon, in the wilds of Nevada? I beg to differ with John E's statement of January 9th.


          Eons ago, while I was a student at Sparks (Nevada) High School, I played football, basketball and track against Fallon High, participated in glee club and forensic club competitions there and, on occasion, went to its rodeo (and tried unsuccessfully to date one of Fallon High's prettiest girls.)


          As for NAS Fallon, it has considerable value to the Navy for several reasons, because it has one of the longest runways in the United States and almost always good flying weather. It hosts the CAGs off aircraft carriers when they are on the West Coast and has a very large first-rate training range for military aircraft close by.


          Once, decades later during my four years while I was the State Department's SLO in Central America stationed in Tegucigalpa, NAS Fallon's communications center handled my classified communications. When a classified message came for me or I needed to send a classified cable, the NAS communications center would even send a vehicle to escort me on and off the base. At the time my mother was living in Fallon. When she passed, she left me a few acres on the NAS's flight path. She was buried in Fallon and every time we visit her grave, we get buzzed by Navy fighters.


          JE comments: My apologies; I shouldn't have dismissed Fallon!  I was contrasting it on the fly with San Diego, Top Gun, and palm trees, but that was thoughtless of me.


          Some translations:  CAG is a Commander, Air Group.  SLO is Senior Liaison Officer.  Did I get those right, Tim?

          Please login/register to reply or comment:

          • Fun with Acronyms--and a Top-Secret Mission (Timothy Brown, USA 01/11/17 9:28 AM)
            To clarify the acronyms in my post of January 9th: CAG is used by the Fallon folks as standing for Carrier Air Group. SLO stood for Special Liaison Office (r).

            As to the acronym SLO--at the height of the Iran-Contra imbroglio, Pres. Reagan went to Congress, asked for, and was authorized $100 million to continue support for the Nicaraguan Democratic Resistance, better known as the Contras. But Congress added as a condition that the Secretary of State take personal responsibility to see to it that there were no more Iran-Contra end-runs around them. State then opened two offices to monitor the program, one in DC at State and one in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. At the time they were both secret compartmentalized offices, and communications were labeled SECRET/EXDIS/CONTRA (the working title of my next book).


            None of this was public at the time and I was happily ensconced in Martinique as Consul General when first Lynn Nofziger and then Senator Laxalt contacted me. They knew me and that I was both a former Marine with both pro and counter-insurgency experience and a Central America specialist. (They also knew I owed them--I'll explain that in my next book.) They both said they had a job the White House wanted me to take. Very reluctantly, I tossed my hat into the ring and got orders about a week later. I wound up as the Central America head of what I was told was the first compartmentalized office State had ever had.


            In Tegucigalpa I worked out of an office inside a vault inside a vault inside the embassy in Tegucigalpa. What then happened has been largely untold history. But recently that caption was declassified in response to a FOI (Freedom of Information) request I made.


            JE comments:  Goodness, Tim:  what a teaser for your next book!  But please don't--to paraphrase Trump--keep us (totally) in suspense.  Can you give us a preview?


            Please login/register to reply or comment:





    • Illinois Governor James R. Thompson (David Duggan, USA 01/08/17 8:34 AM)
      James R. Thompson, who won four elections as governor of the Prairie State (1976, 1978 [they changed that term to 2 years to make the governor's election off the presidential election cycle], 1982 and 1986), never ran for president of the United States.

      In 1988, he was mentioned as a vice-presidential running mate for George Herbert Walker Bush, but there were concerns as to his proclivities, which, like those of the ex-governor whom he convicted of tax evasion and perjury, Otto Kerner, had been kept in the closet. Nevertheless, he has had a distinguished post-gubernatorial career as the managing partner of one of Chicago's leading law firms, Winston & Strawn. He is married to former Assistant Attorney General of Illinois, Jayne Carr, who co-authored the article, with the Hon. Joel Flaum (now a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit), advocating the prosecution of corrupt public officials under the mail fraud statute for depriving citizens of their expectation that the officials render "honest services" for their salaries.


      JE comments: "Proclivities" can still be a barrier to the highest political offices in the US, as there has never been an openly gay governor (or president).  (Jim McGreevey of New Jersey resigned in 2004 after he was "outed" for having a male Israeli lover.)


      This ceiling will almost certainly be shattered soon.  I can even foresee a time when the expression "openly gay" will pass into the dustbin of history (meaning, the adverb will be viewed as an archaic redundancy, akin to "openly left-handed").

      Please login/register to reply or comment:



Trending Now



All Forums with Published Content (44640 posts)

- Unassigned

Culture & Language

American Indians Art Awards Bestiary of Insults Books Conspiracy Theories Culture Ethics Film Food Futurology Gender Issues Humor Intellectuals Jews Language Literature Media Coverage Movies Music Newspapers Numismatics Philosophy Plagiarism Prisons Racial Issues Sports Tattoos Western Civilization World Communications

Economics

Capitalism Economics International Finance World Bank World Economy

Education

Education Hoover Institution Journal Publications Libraries Universities World Bibliography Series

History

Biographies Conspiracies Crime Decline of West German Holocaust Historical Figures History Holocausts Individuals Japanese Holocaust Leaders Learning Biographies Learning History Russian Holocaust Turkish Holocaust

Nations

Afghanistan Africa Albania Algeria Argentina Asia Australia Austria Bangladesh Belgium Belize Bolivia Brazil Canada Central America Chechnya Chile China Colombia Costa Rica Croatia Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark East Europe East Timor Ecuador Egypt El Salvador England Estonia Ethiopia Europe European Union Finland France French Guiana Germany Greece Guatemala Haiti Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran (Persia) Iraq Ireland Israel/Palestine Italy Japan Jordan Kenya Korea Kosovo Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Latin America Liberia Libya Mali Mexico Middle East Mongolia Morocco Namibia Nations Compared Netherlands New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria North America Norway Pacific Islands Pakistan Palestine Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland Polombia Portugal Romania Saudi Arabia Scandinavia Scotland Serbia Singapore Slovakia South Africa South America Southeast Asia Spain Sudan Sweden Switzerland Syria Thailand The Pacific Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan UK (United Kingdom) Ukraine USA (America) USSR/Russia Uzbekistan Venezuela Vietnam West Europe Yemen Yugoslavia Zaire

Politics

Balkanization Communism Constitutions Democracy Dictators Diplomacy Floism Global Issues Hegemony Homeland Security Human Rights Immigration International Events Law Nationalism NATO Organizations Peace Politics Terrorism United Nations US Elections 2008 US Elections 2012 US Elections 2016 US Elections 2020 Violence War War Crimes Within the US

Religion

Christianity Hinduism Islam Judaism Liberation Theology Religion

Science & Technology

Alcohol Anthropology Automotives Biological Weapons Design and Architecture Drugs Energy Environment Internet Landmines Mathematics Medicine Natural Disasters Psychology Recycling Research Science and Humanities Sexuality Space Technology World Wide Web (Internet)

Travel

Geography Maps Tourism Transportation

WAIS

1-TRIBUTES TO PROFESSOR HILTON 2001 Conference on Globalizations Academic WAR Forums Ask WAIS Experts Benefactors Chairman General News Member Information Member Nomination PAIS Research News Ronald Hilton Quotes Seasonal Messages Tributes to Prof. Hilton Varia Various Topics WAIS WAIS 2006 Conference WAIS Board Members WAIS History WAIS Interviews WAIS NEWS waisworld.org launch WAR Forums on Media & Research Who's Who