2005 Election Guide

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The Wednesday Journal election guide can be found by clicking on "NEWS" (in the navigation bar on the left) and then clicking on "2005 Election Guide".

Written by Katharine Grayson, Drew Carter, Bill Dwyer and Ken Trainor

Voters go to the polls this Tuesday, April 5, to decide the future of Oak Park and River Forest. Both villages will choose a president?#34;possibly a new one in River Forest's case, definitely a new one for Oak Park.

Oak Park voters will also be choosing whether to provide an additional $2.9 million annually for the park district, money that will be used for capital improvements. The referendum will also allow the district to eventually end its financial dependence of village government.

District 97 will have new personalities on a board that will work closely with a new superintendent to navigate a financially shaky era. District 200's board will most likely choose the next OPRF High School superintendent.

So it's an important election. To aid voters in their choices, we have conducted candidate interviews for the past six weeks and last week issued our endorsements.

This week we offer our candidate profiles, to give you a capsule summary of who's running for what and why, and in most cases, what they look like. We hope it leads to a more informed citizenry, without which, democracy is impossible.

Then again, it doesn't matter how informed you are if you don't vote.

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