Archive for June, 2009

The Washington School Board

June 30, 2009

The Washington School Board

In a meeting at TimesNewspapers one day, a colleague was venting over the incompetence that was being witnessed at a Washington School Board meeting.  Washington Community High School is in a state of disrepair, and there have been a set of board meetings where issues have been discussed on how to fix the school up and make it a worthy place to get a good education.  Well, it seems that the only thing the Board has accomplished is putting the decisions off until the next meeting.  To put it another way, nothing is getting done and the cracks in the walls are not going away.

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Funding the Hope

June 30, 2009

Funding the Hope

This cartoon was another promotion for ” Relay for Life ” which is holding events in June and July throughout Central Illinois.  There is never enough a person can do to help in the Fight Against Cancer.  Also, there can never be enough reminders.

Public Information Access

June 30, 2009

Public Access

   This cartoon is not a surprise.  Our government, which was founded on the principle that it serves the people, now believes that there is information that the public should not be allowed to know because it may be too much to handle.  What is even more ” surprising” is when they provide an outlet to public access, and we are still not allowed to know what is going on.  We are a bunch of kids who do not know any better, and the government is our parent.  Yeah, well if that is the case, there are much better parents out there.

Relay for Life

June 13, 2009

 Relay for Life

Relay for Life is a cause that promotes the awareness and fight against cancer, and this summer, it is being honored for for continuing those goals for 25 years.  This summer, there are events being held for Relay for Life in Chillicothe, East Peoria, Morton, Peoria, and Washington, and as a result, TimesNewspapers is doing coverage on all of these events when they occur.  This cartoon was done for East Peoria, and it is the first that will be done in a series of cartoons honoring and promoting Relay For Life, which will coincide with the release of each paper’s coverage on their events.  There can never be enough reminders to people that this is a disease that needs to be vanquished once and for all, and anyone can help bring that hope of victory closer to becoming fact.

The Fire Department

June 2, 2009

The Fire Department

The Peoria Fire Department, over the past few weeks, has been very busy.  That is always nice to hear, isn’t it?  Especially right now.  That a business is thriving, and the employees have their hands full conducting that business?  Well, at first it is, but when you consider for a moment that the business is a fire department, then your perspective changes.  If a fire department is very busy, then that means that  harm and peril are on the rise in the area.  Not a good thing, and God Bless the fire department for coming to the rescue, but you don’t want to hear that they are busy; and if you ask them, I’m sure they would say the same thing.  A silly spin on the issue is what I attempted with this cartoon.

The Smoking Law

June 2, 2009

The Smoking Law

In January of 2008, as I’m sure that most of you, my fellow viewers, are aware, Illinois issued a statewide law banning smoking from public facilities ranging from restaurants and bars to shopping centers and workplaces.  Well, fast forward to a year and a half later, if you frequent any number of bars in East Peoria, Peoria, Chillicothe, Morton, or Washington, you will see that this law is as about as well enforced as the Prohibition Laws of the 1920s were.  I have seen, with my own eyes, people lighting up in these facilities, and the bartenders or owners have not even raised an eyebrow in protest.  I respect the laws that are initiated for protection and structure, but if a law is not taken seriously, then a reexamination of the law’s purpose and enforcement should be considered.  The smoking law is one of them.

A Fine System

June 2, 2009

A Fine System

A story appeared in the PeoriaTimesObserver, telling the tale of a robbery that took place at a business late at night.  Robberies are something that are not new in this country, let alone the world, but this one had a spin to it.  The woman who had been targeted was terrified by the fact that a gun was being shoved into her face, but in the end,  she was left unharmed, and the police were able to apprehend the robber, who turned out to be a teenager.  But in regards to upholding the law, that is about as far as they went.  Within weeks, the teenager had been released, and the investigation into the case had sputtered out.  The woman, as well as her boss, were outraged that the police had been so incompetent in their handling of the case.  As a result, the PeoriaTimesObserver did a story to bring it to light, and I did a cartoon to do the very same.