Archive for April, 2009

Easter In Illinois

April 24, 2009


Over the past few weeks, instead of the ideal conditions of warm, breezy weather, with leaves blossoming on the trees, we can still see our breath due to the frigid temperatures, winter coats are still in use, and snow is still falling from the sky.  I did this cartoon shortly after a big snow storm hit, leaving a few inches of snow on the ground.  In April, mind you.  Easter is a big religious holiday, but it also is a symbol for Spring.  Don’t you think the Easter Bunny would feel out of place with snow on the ground?  We can relate, can’t we?


The Property Enforcer

April 13, 2009


Morton has a set of rules that are strict, as far as I’m concerned, when it comes to the landscaping and condition of a homeowner’s property.  For example, as I was reading the rules, I came across one that read if a flower grows above eight inches, then it is in violation of the rules, putting the property at risk of being declared a ” nuisance.”  Yes, I did say a flower, and no, it is not a joke.  But then again, it had the makings of being a joke, so how could I resist?  This cartoon was the joke.

The Festival Issue

April 13, 2009


Those of you who are familiar with the Festival of Lights, and I’m guessing that most of you are from the Midwest, it is a parade and light show that is put on for a month during the holiday season in East Peoria.( Look at my ” Thanks to Volunteers ” cartoon too.)  It is a grandiose festival, and is something that East Peoria puts its heart and mind into, not to mention its wallet.  The total cost for this festival is $600,000 a year.  That is a lot of money, especially compared to the returning revenue, which accumulates to $200,000, not even half of the bill.  There has been talk that the money for the Festival can be invested in other projects, such as better roads or the new downtown development, which will take effect in 2010.  Of course, this brings up the consideration of either postponing or cutting back on the Festival.  Some people frown on these suggestions, saying the Festival is a wonderful and proud activity that has been a part of East Peoria for 25 years.  So, this is an issue that will be on the table for some time to come . . .

The Question

April 10, 2009


It is our right as Americans to vote.  A Constitutional right.  When we hear the word “Constitutional”, it can conjure up adjectives such as powerful, important, or sacred.  With that in mind,  people may go to the booths on Election Day to vote not  for the right candidate, but just to vote.  And, in many cases, they don’t know anything about who they are voting for.  They are fine with just punching the card or checking the box.  It is enough for a pat on the back.  Well, that is not the right mindset.  It is right to vote, but everyone should know who they are voting for.  If not, then he or she may regret who they voted for in due time.

A Fine Mess

April 4, 2009


Everyone has heard the expression: ” Every vote counts.”  Over the past decade, I believe that people have come to realize that more than ever.  There are local elections coming up, and this cartoon is an attempt to remind people that who we vote for can affect every aspect of how we live.

The Seed Security

April 4, 2009


There has been a Y2K fear over seeds lately.  What do I mean?  There has been an increase in gardening, due to the recession and people wanting to save money.  Well, at some seed stores in and around Peoria, there was some anxiety over the possibility that there may be a rush on seed purchases, and as a result, a catastrophe would occur.  SEEDS WOULD RUN OUT!  Well, look at how small seeds are, and figure the amount people get in a bag.  There are enough seeds in one bag to run a garden for years.  Forget years. Decades!  Anyways, I speculated on how serious someone would take this seed crisis, and then pronounce in my own way: ” The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”