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Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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Rat sign vanishes from Blago’s alley

December 13, 2008 at 08:19 AM

Remember that famous picture linking our governor and rats?

Here’s an AP story on the topic.

CHICAGO (AP) - City officials say the most publicized rat warning sign in Chicago has vanished.

Earlier this week, Chicago Sun-Times photographer John White shot a picture of Gov. Rod Blagojevich 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.

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

City officials say they suspect the governor or somebody close to him saw White’s unflattering picture and yanked down the sign.

They plan to put up another sign.

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