Reporter/editor Chris Kaergard of the Journal Star says the idea to stop shaving during Illinois' budget impasse came to him during a May vacation, and there's no cutting corners now.
“We're going to play this to the hilt,” Kaergard says of the (hopefully?) inevitable conclusion. “There are a few people who want me to get a shave and send the trimmings to the legislative leaders and the governor.”
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Kaergard says while that's unlikely, there will be a grand ceremony when it's over, complete with a straight-edge razor. Kaergard says there have been some interesting social moments, such as older women pulling and pawing at the beard. He describes their reaction as “astonished.”