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Illinois highway workers put the brakes on roadkill pick-ups
WQAD.com ^ | May 17, 2008 | Chris Minor

Posted on 05/18/2008 5:27:43 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

QUAD CITIES -- Illinois officials have grounded state highway workers, and that means you'll be seeing more dead animals along highways and interstates.

''There's alot more road kill, it's disgusting'', said a driver parked at a rest-stop along Interstate 74. ''It's not a very good image for the state. People drive through and see all that stuff in the road. ''

Al Mustafa says he drives all over the country and noticed this week how bad it was on roads in Illinois.

''Dead deer. I've seen alot more. I seen a trucker almost have an accident trying to avoid one. It's dangerous,'' Mustafa said. ''It's nasty''.

The Illinois State Transportation Department says highway workers can only use thier trucks for emergencies, because their fuel fund for the year is all dried up. A statewide gas freeze now in effect, they blame the state's tough winter and high gas prices for blowing the budget. IDOT says it spent double what it expected, and is overbudget 46-million dollars.

''They can't fix roads, they can't pick up animals, but we can afford the Governor to go from Chicago to Springfield all the time'', said a frustrated Reba Diviney, a passenger passing through from the Peoria area.

State workers won't be picking up road kill, or cutting the grass or picking up trash along highways and interstates. They're still being paid, however.

A 20 million dollar emergency spending bill could be passed next week to get the trucks up and running again. The fiscal year ends June 30th.

''They say they're broke. If they took one cent for every lottery ticket they sold, they will scatter the highway with gold, not jut dead animals'', Mustafa said.

''The state is broken politically and financially'', said one driver.


TOPICS: Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: highways; highwayworkers; illinois; roadkill
Eewww.
1 posted on 05/18/2008 5:27:43 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The future of the USA. Obama, Durbin, Dailey, etc. Rationing, inane thinking.


2 posted on 05/18/2008 5:30:36 PM PDT by whitedog57
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“Al Mustafa says he drives all over the country...”

With a fuel tanker truck loaded with explosives?


3 posted on 05/18/2008 5:30:47 PM PDT by frankjr
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To: kingattax

Ya think you could send up some redneck volunteers, what with food prices gettin so high?


4 posted on 05/18/2008 5:33:07 PM PDT by taraytarah
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

IDOT says it spent double what it expected

Just an I short of idiot.


5 posted on 05/18/2008 5:35:14 PM PDT by listenhillary (There's more people in the wagon, than there is pushin')
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Ill noise from Illinois.

Who the hell is running that state?

What are some of the names of prominent Illinoise politicians? Any names we'd recognize?

6 posted on 05/18/2008 5:45:30 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (Could pacifists exist if there weren't people brave enough to go to war for their right to exist?)
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To: taraytarah

7 posted on 05/18/2008 5:52:39 PM PDT by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: Texas Eagle

What are some of the names of prominent Illinois politicians? Any names we’d recognize?

Illinois has a governor, but I can’t pronounce his name nor can I spell it. Goblowabitch or something like that. Right now he is being investigated and my end up as a roommate to our previous governor.


8 posted on 05/18/2008 5:58:45 PM PDT by chainsaw ( No black racist Muslims in the WH either)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
So, their job is not to make the roads passable anymore.

It is to buy radio, television, and newspaper advertisements lecturing us to "Click It or Ticket".

I have lived too long.

9 posted on 05/18/2008 6:03:18 PM PDT by elkfersupper
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Obama's from Illinois, maybe he could donate a couple of hundred thousand out of the 200 mil. he has set aside for the publics safety.

Yeah, that'll happen.

10 posted on 05/18/2008 6:04:02 PM PDT by #1CTYankee (That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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To: chainsaw

mmmm, maybe somebody from south chicago?? I hear they are real “fixers”.


11 posted on 05/18/2008 6:09:53 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Here in Appalachia, you hit it you take it home and eat it—if it’s big enough, otherwise, the vultures get it during the day and the possum eat the rest at night.


12 posted on 05/18/2008 6:21:09 PM PDT by Rudder ("There is only one chief. Obey him." [Rush Limbaugh, April 30, 2008])
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To: frankjr

Yah know I thought the same thing!


13 posted on 05/18/2008 6:24:29 PM PDT by redstateconfidential (If you are the smartest person in the room,you are hanging out with the wrong people.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

venison free for the taking?


14 posted on 05/18/2008 6:31:33 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("Just because you're running for President doesn't mean that you are the center of the universe")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“State workers won’t be picking up road kill, or cutting the grass or picking up trash along highways and interstates. They’re still being paid, however.”

Government in action. Pathetic.


15 posted on 05/18/2008 6:31:43 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (Been here before)
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To: chainsaw

“Illinois governor Goblowabitch or something”

LOLOLOLOL!!!!!!

(I think it’s Blagoyovich or some such)

Heh, heh!

;^)


16 posted on 05/18/2008 7:00:59 PM PDT by elcid1970 (My cartridges are dipped in pig grease.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
State workers won't be picking up road kill, or cutting the grass or picking up trash along highways and interstates. They're still being paid, however.

So what are these government workers being paid to do? Sit around drinking coffee in the garage?

I happened to see an investigative report on the local news (Cleveland) a couple of days ago. They were following city workers in their city vehicles as they spent an hour or more parked in various places reading the paper, having lunch or coffee in the vehicle with the engine running. I don't doubt that the same thing goes on in IL. Run out that fuel budget and they get to sit around because there's no gas for them to go out and work.

17 posted on 05/18/2008 7:31:39 PM PDT by eggman (Democrat party - The black hole of liberalism from which no rational thought can escape.)
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To: Texas Eagle
"What are some of the names of prominent Illinoise politicians? Any names we'd recognize? "

Obama. He epitomizes IL.

18 posted on 05/18/2008 7:38:13 PM PDT by spunkets ("Freedom is about authority", Rudy Giuliani, gun grabber)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
"''Dead deer. I've seen alot more. I seen a trucker almost have an accident trying to avoid one. It's dangerous,'' Mustafa said."

BS. Most truckers go out their way to splatter these things if they're on the road. Then there's just a red spot.

19 posted on 05/18/2008 7:45:17 PM PDT by spunkets ("Freedom is about authority", Rudy Giuliani, gun grabber)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

prison labor.


20 posted on 05/18/2008 7:55:31 PM PDT by MarMema (kosovo will always be Serbian)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Around here the coyotes, vultures, hawks, crows and whatever else cleans up the road kill.


21 posted on 05/18/2008 8:01:35 PM PDT by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: spunkets

Oh, yeah. That Obama guy. I’ve heard of him. DemocRAT, right? He can’t even solve a simple roadkill problem and now he wants to run the country or something.


22 posted on 05/18/2008 8:03:46 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (Could pacifists exist if there weren't people brave enough to go to war for their right to exist?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

It ain’t roadkill without a pic!


23 posted on 05/18/2008 8:24:26 PM PDT by shadowcat
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Life under Democratz:

Citizens turn down a referendum asking for higher taxes. The gummint responds by restricting services so as to “punish” the citizenry.

At the next round of elections, the Democratz again ask for higher taxes with the unspoken threat that they will further restrict services unless they get more taxes.

If it sounds like extortion to you, you’re on the right freqency.

Think about your vote before you cast it in November; think about who and what you’re voting to put in office.


24 posted on 05/18/2008 8:26:48 PM PDT by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I drove about 100 miles yesterday and saw four dead deer. I wonder if we are cutting back as well in Iowa.


25 posted on 05/19/2008 4:03:59 AM PDT by exhaustguy
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To: eggman
Sit around drinking coffee in the garage?

Hey, I wouldn't mind doing that. However, that's no way to run a railroad. I'd just send them home until the emergency appropriation came through.

26 posted on 05/19/2008 4:25:11 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (To the liberal, there's no sacrifice too big for somebody else to make. --FReeper popdonnelly)
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To: IncPen

Wonder where that 66 cents per gallon is going(tax)


27 posted on 05/20/2008 1:13:35 PM PDT by Nailbiter
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