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John Homan: Blagojevich made at least one good decision

 
By John Homan
Managing editor
jhoman@localsouthernnews.com
Posted on 4/13/2018, 1:00 AM

Was at a sports bar in the area with some colleagues the other day and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich popped into my mind.

Yeah, I know "Rockin Rod" was crooked, but one thing he accomplished that brings a smile to my face was the Smoke Free Illinois Act of 2008.

That comprehensive law bans smoking inside most buildings and vehicles used by the general public.

To be quite frank, smoking sections in restaurants often didn't work out all that well. I don't know how many times my family and I left an eatery with our clothes and hair reeking of smoke.

And when it comes to bars, well ... most have created a special outdoors room just for smokers. That has helped build crowds at many bars.

People like me who wouldn't enter a sports bar previously now feel comfortable at such an establishment, knowing that we won't have to inhale secondhand smoke.

Marion residents can also thank Blagojevich for coming up with extra funding for the construction of Rent One Park.

So, there you go. The now-incarcerated ex-governor did some good during his time in office.

Has spring finally sprung?

The first month of spring has been pretty ugly, hasn't it?

Too many days with temperatures below 50 degrees and even some days with snow in the forecast.

Despite all that, athletes competing in baseball, softball, track, tennis and soccer have been playing games as often as field conditions and the cold will allow.

There's nothing quite like making contact with a baseball or softball on the handle of the bat in the frigid weather. The sting is like sticking your hand in a light socket. And if you get hit by a pitch, it's so much worse in the cold weather.

For you Cardinals and Cubs fans, it's not been the best of starts for either team. Both teams have struggled out of the gate. But hey, it's only April.