Once in awhile we have the opportunity to effect dramatic change in government. Toni Preckwinkle, candidate for the Democratic nomination for president of the Cook County board, is the change we seek.

As current and former officials in our local government here in Oak Park, we are confident that Toni is a true champion of reform.

Unlike her three opponents, she has no county-wide cadre of patronage employees. What she has is a nearly 20-year record of getting things done and doing more with less in her ward in the city of Chicago.

In terms of her independence from the Chicago machine, we would point out that, since 1993, the Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization has chosen her for its Alderman of the Year or its Leon Despres Award eight times.

We would also point out that she has been endorsed by Wednesday Journal and both the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune.

Toni will roll back the remainder of Todd Stroger’s tax hike. She will make permanent the independent board of the county hospital system. She will also aggressively pursue the millions of dollars in federal grants the county has previously been unwilling to apply for each year because they required a level of transparency and accountability prior administrations were unwilling to provide.

We strongly urge voters in the Feb. 2 primary to support Toni Preckwinkle for president of the Cook County board.

Carolyn Newberry Schwartz,
Colette Lueck, David Pope,
Dorothy Reid, Eric Davis, Galen Gockel,
Jon Hale and Ray Johnson
Oak Park

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