An Illinois lawmaker chatting with the media on the problem of pigeon poop at a prepare station in Chicago was pooped on — by a pigeon — mid-interview.
State Rep. Jaime Andrade, D-Chicago, was discussing the issue with a WBBM-TV reporter outdoors the Irving Park Blue Line station when the hen sprung into motion.
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“Oh, did I simply get… No, I did not… I did, did not I? I obtained a little bit bit,” Andrade advised the reporter in a narrative printed Monday, feeling the hen feces on his head. “I’ll simply need to go clear up. … That’s what occurs to my constituents. They get s— on all time.”
The sidewalks outdoors of the station are lined in hen waste and feathers.
Andrade stated he is been making an attempt to repair the issue. One in every of his concepts is to ask the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) to put in a hose line for energy washing when it constructs new escalators on the cease.
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One CTA rider, Derek Barthel, advised WBBM that after the information station reported on the issue over the summer season, the station was washed, however “then nothing in any respect occurred.”
Andrade stated that in 2018 he requested $6 million within the state funds for the Irving Park Blue Line.
“That is the error, after I stated actually $6 million for Irving Park Blue Line,” he advised the information outlet. “The funds are for the CTA Blue Line, and so in all probability, and with the funds the place it got here from can solely be used for building.”
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The problematic place in query is beneath the precise station and is overseen by the Illinois Division of Transportation. The sidewalk the pigeons hold pooping on is reportedly beneath the jurisdiction of the Metropolis of Chicago.
The lawmaker stated that the cash was voted on and authorized at a gathering three weeks in the past to fund new escalators on the station.