A look at Mother’s Day around Illinois and around the country

May 15, 2017

Journalists can sometimes be crass, even on Mother’s Day.

Calling attention to reporters’ skepticism, one bromide goes: “If your mother tells you she loves you, check it out.” Touching, right?

While cynicism is a big part of the job, we can assure you we love our mothers very much.

It got us thinking about how Illinoisans might have spent Mother’s Day. And it turns out other people from the Praire State will do just about anything for their moms.

Take, for instance, the correctional officers at the Chicago jail. The Cook County Sheriff’s Department said more than 200 officers at the county jail called in sick or invoked the Family Medical Leave Act on Sunday morning, according to the Associated Press. The department said another 154 informed the jail they wouldn’t be coming to work for the shift, causing the jail to lockdown.

Who knows? They might have been sick, right?

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 Maybe your way of celebrating is just sitting around the house and watching TV with your mom. Linda Holmes talks about the current state of TV moms in her recent piece for NPR, and how they’ve changed over time.

Or you might be more fascinated with the history of Mother’s Day. We definitely are. So here’s a little background.

In the early part of the 20th Century, Anna Jarvis was so appreciative of her mother she pushed wealthy merchants and powerful politicians to create a national holiday for moms. She was successful, and in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a Congressional resolution.

Illinois was well-ahead of the curve, though. As the State Journal-Register points out, we started celebrating Mother’s Day a few years before the holiday gained national status.

But regardless of who you are and how you celebrated, you probably bought mom a card or took her out for a nice meal. Unfortunately, this is exactly the opposite of what Jarvis would have wanted. The Washington Post writes that she spent a good chunk of her life fighting against the commercialization of the holiday.

No matter how you celebrated, we hope you and your mom enjoyed yourselves. And if you’re the type of person that needs reminders for upcoming holidays: Father’s Day is June 18.

Now, let’s take a look at the Mother’s Day wishes from politicians around the state.

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