Contested elections are good. They force candidates and political groups to think and adapt. They demand that local media step up and perform. They give voters responsibility to take their job of choosing seriously.
Terry Finnegan, the sole OPRF school board incumbent in the April election, will not be planting any lawn signs. He won't be printing any brochures. Instead he suggests that you take any money you might have donated to his campaign and "take your family out for dinner" or "maybe make a donation to Hephzibah or Sarah's Inn or another one of our great local charities."
It is a daunting thing to sponsor a candidate event. Every race has its peculiar challenges. Remarkably, there are 13 candidates running for four seats on the school board at OPRF. And that is down from the original 15 folks.
One of the best things about a contested election in a small town is the campaign "names list." Who, among those you sit in church with, jaw with on the soccer sidelines, knew their uncle, dated their sister, saw quoted in the Journal, is backing whom?
I go back a long way on Oak Park Avenue and its intersection at Lake Street. I was explaining this last week at the annual meeting of The Avenue Business Association where I was rounding out my term as the absolutely interim, 100 days tops, president of the group.
I don't like Chris Welch, the newly-sworn-in state rep from the 7th District. Not a lot of people I don't like. But Chris Welch makes that list. Now he represents River Forest, Forest Park and other Proviso Township towns in Springfield. Given politics in Illinois, he is likely to be there a long time.
You ever make a mistake that doesn't want to get fixed? You put the patch on the bike tire here and the tire balloons out over there. You correct the typo in this headline but misspell the guy's name in the correction.