Endorsement: Rory Hoskins for state rep

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An open seat in a safe Democratic district (above) is seemingly hard to pass up. With Karen Yarbrough running for the double pension and patronage scraps of the inconsequential county Recorder of Deeds office, a good batch of Dems set their sights on her seat. Now we are down to four candidates and two top contenders — Rory Hoskins and Chris Welch.

And voters in River Forest may have the deciding votes.

Princess Dempsey is an energetic and bright candidate. We hope she stays active in local government. Beyonca Johnson is something of a puzzle to us and we cannot endorse her.

That brings us to Hoskins, a Forest Park village commissioner, and Welch, the longtime president of the Proviso public high schools.

We enthusiastically endorse Rory Hoskins. He is smart, thoughtful and realistic. Hoskins understands the grave issues citizens face as Springfield punts and poses. He will bring a critical eye to state government while continuing to focus on vital services.

Chris Welch? We have nothing but contempt for Chris Welch. Under his all powerful leadership he has driven Proviso public high schools to the very lowest measurable rungs of education in this state. While his supporters benefit, a generation of young students have been condemned by his arrogance. The state now runs the finances of the Proviso schools. And he wants us to send him to Springfield? Hubris. Greed. Malevolence.

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Phil Connors  

Posted: March 10th, 2012 2:18 AM

Correction: Hoskins. Bing!!

Phil Connors  

Posted: March 10th, 2012 2:16 AM

Ned... Ryerson. "Needlenose Ned"? "Ned the Head"? C'mon, buddy. Case Western High. Ned Ryerson: I did the whistling belly-button trick at the high school talent show? Bing! Ned Ryerson: got the shingles real bad senior year, almost didn't graduate? Bing, again. Ned Ryerson: I dated your sister Mary Pat a couple times until you told me not to anymore? Well? I Endorse Rory Haskins: Bing!

Ned Ryerson from River Forest, Illinois  

Posted: March 9th, 2012 11:27 PM

Chris Welch? We have nothing but contempt for Chris Welch. Under his all powerful leadership he has driven Proviso public high schools to the very lowest measurable rungs of education in this state. The state now runs the finances of the Proviso schools. And he wants us to send him to Springfield? Hubris. Greed. Malevolence. Those were tough comments; true or not, I hope you felt better after printing them. ouch.

Done from Oak Park  

Posted: March 9th, 2012 11:43 AM

"Rory Hoskins sounds like the only candidate who can bring integrity and good government to Springfield in this contest." C'mon - you can't use integrity and good government in describing someone running for public office in this state.

Dan from River Forest  

Posted: March 9th, 2012 9:55 AM

After receiving a letter from Republican Skip Saviano endorsing Welch, my suspicions that he's a machine hack were confirmed. Now that the Sun-Times has exposed him (March 8) as an unprincipled politician who has made patronage his game and sexual favors a criteria for hiring at the Proviso schools, I know that he's the last person I'd want in the state legislature. Rory Hoskins sounds like the only candidate who can bring integrity and good government to Springfield in this contest.

Gary Woll from Maywood  

Posted: March 7th, 2012 4:59 PM

Your positive comments on Rory are really the way I know him. There is so much more that one can say about Mr. Welch's arrogance but hey, a ten to one lead in money (at least) can buy you a zillion signs that your patronage workers can put up voluntarily on their own time. I know a few people who will vote for him to get him out our school systems.

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