Everything Leslie Knope Supports (The funniest ones have asterisks) 1. Parks 2. Public Safety 3. Environmental regulation 4. Local proposition 45 5. Local proposition 86 6. Local proposition 102F 7. More Dog Parks 8. Senior Citizens Rights 9. Safe Streets 10. Safe Sidewalks* 11. Better Schools 12. Lower Taxes 13. Better Parks 14. Better business climate 15. Better Better Business Bureau* 16. Cleaner Streets 17. Improve greenways 18. More snow plows 19. Protecting Pawneeans 20. Improving tourism 21. More trash cans 22. Energy-efficient street lights 23. Westside Detoxification and Revitalization Project 24. Repaving Grand Avenue 25. More Teachers 26. Fewer Libraries* 27. Improve intergovernmental agency communication 28. Clean-up barefoot lake 29. Passing Pawnee Jobs Bill P-129.4 30. Playgrounds in every park 31. Playgrounds in every schoolyard 32. Playgrounds in every residential block 33. Clean energy 34. One police officer for every 5 citizens* 35. One park ranger for every 10,000 raccoons* 36. Resodding Hilltop Cemetery 37. Start talking to Cuba again* 38. Emergency evacuation drills 39. Plow For Charity 40. Forming an Ad Hoc Sub-Committee Oversight Committee* 41. Challenging the norm* 42. Pawnee Corn Subsidies 43. Finally Passing PR-61, formally recognizing South Korea* 44. Official peace treaty with Wamapoke Tribe* 45. Four-way stops at every intersection* 46. Unionizing ice cream trucks* 47. Get Europe out of debt* 48. Free trade with Illinois* 49. Enact RRP- Raccoon Relocation Project* 50. Pawnee Community College tuition in exchange for 4 years of public service 51. Doubling Pawnee Hospital’s emergency room nurse staff 52. Legalize Korean* 53. Lower the obesity level* 54. Stop global terrorism* 55. Re-open the toucan exhibit at Pawnee Zoo* 56. Find Gabe the Toucan* 57. More community gardens 58. Ordinance 11F: To re-pave City Sidewalks 59. Budget Reform 60. Updated Technologies for Local Schools 61. Better retirement benefits for city employees 62. Edward Phillips Senior Center Remodeling 63. Speed bumps in front of elementary schools 64. Unemployment benefits 65. Re-installing the Main St. Farmers Market 66. No turtles as pets* 67. New uniforms for youth sports programs 68. Free Public Wi-Fi 69. Updated childcare facilities 70. Shutting down the Child Left Behind program* 71. Handicap parking placards for the obese* 72. FREE PARKING EVERYWHERE* 73. Cleaner drinking water 74. Regulate heights of trampolines* 75. Memorial for those lost in the trampoline “incident”* 76. Control the floods* 77. Funding for public art commission 78. Fencing in correctional facilities* 79. New police patrol cars 80. Funding overtime for police 81. Rebuilding the PTA 82. Prosecuting former PTA president Linda Trifle* 83. Profitable government organizations 84. Shutting down underground shooting ranges* 85. Making sure city contracts employ local workers 86. Providing more economic development grants and micro-loans to small businesses 87. Foster partnerships with sister cities 88. More buses to speed up morning commutes 89. More streets to accommodate additional buses* 90. Require all city employees to check and respond to email* 91. Working sewers* 92. More parades 93. Grants for scientists to discover new forms of energy 94. Leave a lasting impression on all visitors 95. Challenge the norm** (Ed. note: So important it’s listed twice.) 96. Finish the statue of Burt Bacharach* 97. No more conflict diamonds* 98. Bulletproof glass everywhere* 99. Free cookies at every street corner* 100. One school for every student* 101. Require flattering mirrors in public restrooms* 102. Develop a municipal composting operation 103. Enforce existing speeding and noise ordinances 104. Upgrade existing parks 105. Create an anti-graffiti youth outreach program 106. Free cake when it’s your birthday* 107. Reevaluate NAFTA* 108. Rickshaw Wednesdays* 109. Making it illegal to refuse a hug* 110. Make downtown more people-friendly 111. Sell candy in government buildings to pay down the debt 112. Get Pawnee a licensed pharmacy* 113. Better screening processes at local adoption agencies* 114. Finding homes for the adopted children of Day Labor Corp.* 115. Prop 6A: To Recognize All Five Food Groups* 116. Pawnee 117. Hot Dogs
“The Gingrich campaign has presented the holesome story of Newt and Callista’s courtship as a redemption narrative: Newt is a better man today thanks to Callista, he’s better suited to be president thanks to Callista, and he’s better prepared to defend traditional marriage thanks to Callista. Callista even brought Newt to the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church! So it’s fair game to inquire if Callista knew in advance that Newt was going to ask his second wife for an open marriage and approved of the arrangement. (It might be more accurate to say that Newt informed his second wife that she was already in an open marriage and asked if she wanted to remain in it.) Would Callista still be Newt’s mistress today if the second Mrs. Gingrich had agreed to remain in the marriage that Newt had already opened?”—Dan Savage, slog.thestranger.com
Sometimes snowstorms are all about timing. Several factors are coming together to produce what looks to be a medium to high impact snowstorm for Chicago area commuters. A few of these factors are:
1) The majority of the snow will fall during the day.
2) The heaviest snow is expected during the afternoon and evening.
3) It’s a weekday.
4) It’s a Friday.
5) Cold temperatures- Road crews will be challenged by temperatures well below freezing, in the teens to around 20 degrees. Chemicals used to melt snow and ice don’t work as well, or as quickly as they do at 30 to 32 degrees.
The bottom line- all 4 to 8 inch snowstorms are not equal. Chicago snowstorms that hit at night, or on the weekend, tend to have a much lower impact on travel.