Archive for February, 2009

Doing the Most Good

February 21, 2009

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The Salvation Army struggled this past holiday season to make their kettle goals, due to the poor economy and people trying to conserve their money.  Nevertheless, many people and newspapers helped  the Salvation Army’s goal of achieving its kettle goals by continuing to collect money, run stories, and in my case, draw a cartoon.

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The Road

February 21, 2009

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This cartoon is one I believe many towns, cities, and neighborhoods all over the country can relate to.  Our road system is poor, to say the least.  I mean aren’t  people fed up with potholes making their cds skip when they drive over them?

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

February 21, 2009

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Ah, the holiday season, where everyone is jolly and excited about Christmas coming up, and all of the joy that surrounds shopping for loved ones.  The words: selfish, frustration, brutality, and rage don’t factor into this scenario at all.

Drive Safely

February 21, 2009

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I feel there should be more promotional cartoons, other than those whose subject is materialism, and this one promoted the safety of drivers on snow and ice-covered roads.

The Table Liquor

February 21, 2009

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The grocery stores in Morton, Illinois, specifically Kroger’s and Wal-Mart, did not sell liquor to consumers.  That changed when Kroger’s applied for a liquor license with the intention of using the profits to renovate their location.  However, there were some who opposed the idea, and as a result, there was one meeting after another with the town council, debating whether or not it should be allowed.  Finally, near the end of November of 08, there was going to be a vote cast to approve or disapprove, but that vote was delayed as well.  As a result, I did this cartoon.

The Budget Process

February 21, 2009

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At a Peoria Heights Village Board meeting, the Mayor made a comment.  It had a been a heated meeting about the budget, and he became a bit exasperated and said, ” The budget is a guide.  It is not written by the hand of God.”  That was a great springboard for this cartoon, in which I used the Moses, God, and burning bush story as a context.

The Veteran

February 21, 2009

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This cartoon was celebrating Veteran’s Day, but it was also questioning how many people realized that it was Veteran’s Day, and not just a day off.  In other words, “Who really remembered?”

The Bad Boy

February 21, 2009

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I do not need to dive too deep into what this cartoon represents.  Everyone in this country I believe is aware of Governor Blagojevich’s arrest and all of the media that surrounded it.  The wonderful state of Illinois was labeled,”The Land of Stinkin,”  as a result of his crooked deeds, so I figured, why not bring light to the fact that the former “Boy Governor,” as he has been called, has brought shame to Illinois’ reputation, as well as its rich, proud history.  So, of course, I needed to use the state’s greatest historical icon, as well as America’s greatest president, Abraham Lincoln, to give Blago a good scolding.

The City Manager

February 21, 2009

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A few months ago, the City Manager position was a hot job opening in Peoria, but then came word that since no one was taking it, the position had fallen through. Therefore, Henry Holling, who had been filling in as a temporary city manager until a permanent one could be found, has ended up staying on until the job is available again.  I just took Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis breaking the news to Henry Holling that the job had fallen through . . . . and made it into a literal thing.

Mid-Illinois

February 10, 2009

 

midillinois2Any of you recall that big election that took place in November?  It was focused on getting a job as the head of a country?  There were a few blurbs mentioned about it in the press.  Jokes aside, after Barack Obama’s election, there was some flak about why he wouldn’t celebrate in the middle of his home state, rather than Chicago.  People thought it would be better to celebrate closer among those who helped get him elected, many of which are lower to middle class residents.  People that the President said he would make a priority of helping the most.  I didn’t think too much of it, as well as some other people I know, but I did think we could poke fun at one possible reason why the President chose Chicago over Mid-Illinois.  All we have are cows and cornfields.  Need I say more?