, shown here on Aug. 21, said he
will not shave his
beard until lawmakers and Gov.
Chris Kaergard, a political reporter for the (Peoria) Journal Star, is shown clean-shaven on June 1, the day after the state spring legislative session ended in Springfield.
has not shaved since May 31.
Chris Kaergard, a political reporter at the Journal Star in Peoria, has not shaved or trimmed his bushy, itchy beard since May 31.
Thats when the state spring legislative session ended in Springfield.
It itches a lot, especially on a hot day, Kaergard
said of his
beard in a phone interview.
started growing the beard as a joke, figuring Gov.
and a staff photographer have taken photos of the beard in its various stages of growth throughout the summer.
The photos were interspersed on a timeline on the Journal Star
website with various events related to the budget stalemate.
The whole idea is to get more people paying attention to the issue, Kaergard
Former classmates in St. Charles
also are getting a kick out of the beard on Facebook
was part of the last graduating class at St. Charles High School
in 2000 before it became St. Charles East.
parents and brother still live in the area.