March 8th, I noticed on my kitchen calendar, is International Women's Day. March is also Women's History Month. A good time for some awareness-raising. Nicholas Kristof has done admirable work on that front in his New York Times column. If he hasn't already received one, he deserves a humanitarian award.
The essential remaking of Cook County government has been underway for three years already. And during this start of the Toni Preckwinkle era of reform and reinvention, residents of the 1st District have been on the sidelines with our do-nothing holdover of a commissioner from the county's decades of bloat and patronage and governance, so actively bad it was insulting both to the county's poor who used the services and the county's middle class which was being robbed with every tax collection cycle.
I recently attended the Cook County Commissioner Forum on March 25 and heard three of the candidates repeating the same political jargon: job creation, lowering taxes and safer streets. But there was no substance to their comments. Perhaps it's time to at least consider someone with a new approach.
That quote came 45 days before five D90 school board members voted to fill the streets around Roosevelt School with parked cars by removing half the parking spaces on school property. Spending 2.5 years and $130,000 on designs for Roosevelt Middle School that don't comply with local zoning ordinances has wasted substantial amounts of time and money.
The integrity, intelligence, and common sense of circuit court judges undergirds our economy and social fabric. How does a citizen cast an informed vote on all the judicial races at the end of the March 18 ballot? The bar associations are trying to make it easy for you.
Last summer when I was collecting signatures on Pam Meyerson's nominating petitions, I often heard "Oh yes, she was part of our parent group at Beye" or "Oh yes, I worked with her on the Community of Congregations" or "Oh yes, I know her from the pro-bono work she did for our Oak Park organization."