Early Voting is Open

October 23, 2012

Monday marks the opening of early voting. I love voting early but I am a geek in that way. If you early vote at the County complex, ask for Phyllis. She is a sweetheart.

If you are looking for endorsements here are my suggestions:

County Board 6

  • Jim Zay
  • Robert Larson
  • Kevin Wiley 

The key vote in the district 6 vote is Kevin Wiley. I’m relatively certain Larson and Zay will get elected but if Wiley makes the team it means Enger doesn’t which would be outstanding.

Forest Preserve District 6

  • Al Murphy 

Al Murphy is a great guy that will do a great job for the forest preserve. He owns the Ace Hardware over on Rt59 in West Chicago. His competition is Shannon Burns who is only running because she doesn’t want the Forest Preserve maintenance facility in her back yard. Not surprisingly, she is a good friend of Dennis Clark who is also a NIMBY motivated politician. It goes to show you that NIMBY’s of a feather flock together. It’s no wonder why Clark is in so tight with Winfield United. If you need a recommendation for Forest preserve district 5, Mary Lou Wehrli is your best choice.

I also voted for Jeanne Ives who I know personally and is a great person for the job.

The others are either running uncontested or are pretty self explanatory.

8 Responses to Early Voting is Open

  1. October 23, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    what about on this one?

    Should Illinois law permit an individual to hold two or more
    public elected offices simultaneously?

    • lil red riding hood
      October 23, 2012 at 9:01 PM

      NO and double dipping should be outlawed also.

    • Joe McGraph
      October 24, 2012 at 7:34 AM

      Why not? If the people elect an individual for two different positions than the people have spoken. Limiting who and what the people can vote for is a dangerous precedent to set. What’s next dictatorship? It is incumbent on the people to be informed and educated on the candidates and the issues and not let the government dictate their desires.

      • Tom Blackburn
        October 24, 2012 at 10:48 AM

        I agree, only to a point. The problem is that the voters are never asked whether a person should hold two positions simultaneously, as opposed to electing to a position of higher authority as a promotion after holding a lower seat for a time.

        There are very few examples where holding two offices consecutively would not be a conflict of interest. Paul Ryan, for example, is on the ballot for Congressman in Janesville. Should he win both elections, does that mean he’s entitled to a seat both in the executive and legislative branches of federal government? If the interests of the nation run counter to the voters in his district in Wisconsin, who is he beholden to?

        I suppose if we were talking about two disconnected government entities, like say the County Board and the Winfield Library, who doesn’t depend on the County, there perhaps would be sufficient separation.

        • Ken Fuchs
          October 24, 2012 at 1:49 PM

          I think there will always be an opportunity for a conflict of interest. Even in your example…say the Winfield library wants expand its building into the parking lot…they would have to get a waiver from the county to build on a flood plain.

          • Lisa Goodwin
            October 24, 2012 at 3:57 PM

            The ethical thing to do would be recuse yourself from the county vote to grant the waiver, but political ethics are in short supply in this state.

            That doesn’t mean we should create more statutory restrictions, it means we should elect better people – to one or more positions.

            • Ken Fuchs
              October 24, 2012 at 4:01 PM

              But recusing one’s self brings another dilemma. The people of the county voted for you to watch out for their interests, and the people of the library district voted for you to watch out for their districts. If you’re gonna go around recusing yourself all the time, then you’re not serving either body.

        • Joe McGraph
          October 24, 2012 at 4:02 PM

          I’m not saying I agree with one person holding 2 elected positions but I do not like the precedent the question will set. I only hope Paul Ryan would have that problem and we could rid ourselves of Obama and the Democrats but if that happen than that’s Ryan’s problem. However Mr. Ryan is smart enough not to run for 2 offices. However, you have Graso in Burr Ridge stating that if he wins for County Board he won’t resign as Mayor of Burr Ridge. Than I believe it is up to the people to call him on the carpet or not vote for him for County Board. I do not want the government making any more rules or laws that limit what citizens can and cannot do. It’s the people’s voices that are important not some political hack trying to make a name for himself by positioning a question on a ballot.

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