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Blago ‘Rat’ Sign Mysteriously Removed

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

A photo taken Friday (left) shows that a sign warning of the presence of rat poison in Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s neighborhood has been taken down. The sign can be seen in a Dec. 10 photo (right).

Sign warning of rats in Blagojevich’s alley taken down

December 13, 2008

BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter

City Hall smells a rat behind the Northwest Side home of Gov. Blagojevich — and it has nothing to do with the corruption charges leveled against the governor.

Earlier this week, Chicago Sun-Times photographer John White shot a picture of the governor ducking out of his Ravenswood Manor home to avoid passing through a news media gauntlet.The photo showed Blagojevich next to a city sign that said, “Warning” and “Target Rats” with a picture of a rat inside a bull’s-eye.

Friday morning, Blagojevich left his house by the same back door, but there was something missing. The rat sign had been taken down, even though it was posted in a city-owned alley.

The Daley administration suspects the obvious: that the governor or somebody close to him saw White’s unflattering picture and yanked down the sign.

The problem is, the sign was posted for safety reasons. It said: “This block has been safely baited where needed as of 10/6/08.”

The sign also includes a phone number for the poison center, in case rat bait is accidentally ingested by a person or pet.

Streets and Sanitation spokesman Matt Smith said he had “no idea who would have taken down that sign.”

“We plan to repost [it] some time in the near future when it isn’t likely to be the center of attention,” he said.

How typical.

By the way, we were one of the first sites to post the ever so appropriate photo.

(Thanks to CGardner for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, December 13th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Blago ‘Rat’ Sign Mysteriously Removed”

  1. lstevetaylor says:

    I bet there are several people afraid the gov. is going to become a singing rat
    fromthecountry Texas

  2. CGardner says:

    Sorry about the memory lapse on the photo, SG. I attribute my mind blips to anxiety over the ice storm on Friday in Upstate NY.

  3. Liberals Demise says:


    Talk about copping a pose!!

  4. pinandpuller says:

    “This is a rat writ writ for a rat and service of same.”- Rooster Cogburn

  5. gipper says:

    Said the sanitation worker (with apologies to the late James Cagney): “You dirty rat, I’m going to get rid of you just like you gave it to my Brutha’.”

  6. Colonel1961 says:

    A picture (or warning sign) is worth a thousand words…


    p.s. Just back from the land of fruits and nuts (CA) – missed the site, postings, comments…

  7. Liberals Demise says:

    Welcome Back Colonel!! You didn’t bring anything back with you that you didn’t declare did you?
    Just kidding my friend! Welcome Home!!

  8. Colonel1961 says:

    LD: The only thing I brought back – or for that matter, brought to – is common sense…lol

  9. Liberals Demise says:


  10. DrTomVoter says:

    I grew up in Blago’s neighborhood. The two-legged rats existed then (King Richard Daley I, Otto Kerner, Rostenkowski, etc.), but there were none of the four-legged kind. Another triumph of Democratic leadership!

  11. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    I left California over twenty years ago. It was crazy back then and by what little words you have posted it appears that it’s gotten more extreme.

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