On the Street: Quinn's colors, justice served and puppy training

Posted: Apr. 26, 2014 7:37 pm Updated: May. 17, 2014 9:34 pm

WARM WELCOME: Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn dressed the part on Wednesday when he visited Western Illinois University to announce a $60 million investment in the school's Center for Performing Arts. Quinn wore the school color as he was decked out in a purple dress shirt and tie combination. When Rep. Norine Hammond, R- Macomb, stepped to the podium, Quinn compared his WIU-friendly outfit with the purple she was wearing for the occasion. "Gov. Quinn, we are delighted not just to have you on campus, but you are welcome any time," Hammond said. "But when your visit comes with money, we are really happy to see you." Her line brought plenty of laughter from the standing-room only crowd inside the WIU student union.

JUSTICE SERVED: First Assistant State's Attorney Gary Farha was asked to say the Pledge of Allegiance to begin Friday's weekly meeting of the Exchange Club, a Quincy service group. However, he didn't know that the rest of the club members were instructed not to say anything when Farha started the pledge. Farha recited to a quiet room, "I pledge allegiance to the flag ... and you can all join me any time now." After a good laugh was had at Farha's expense, the Exchange Club's weekly raffle was drawn, and Farha had the winning ticket to earn $5. He then was eligible to draw from a standard deck of cards, and if the ace of spades was selected, he would win a jackpot that had rolled over for several weeks. Sure enough, he drew the ace. "There is justice," Farha crowed afterward.

THINKING AHEAD: The excitement of a new puppy had worn off for a Quincy second-grader after about a week when his mother recently asked him to get out of bed and let the dog outside before he got ready for school. "How long is this dog going to live?" the boy groggily asked his mother. She replied that the dog might live several years. "Will the dog still be alive when I get married?" the boy asked. Mom said it was possible. "Then my wife better get ready to let the dog out," he said.

WEIGHT OF THE WORLD: When heading to the podium to present his budget for the Quincy Transit Lines to Quincy aldermen last week, Director Marty Stegeman had two large binders containing training material to become the oversight officer for the department. He described to the aldermen that work toward the state-mandated requirement has been quite intensive so far. Stegeman received an email the next day from another department head, who jokingly referring to him as Atlas, because "he had the weight of the world on his shoulders."

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