Rare is the candidate for Illinois state office who actually knows what he or she is doing, doesn’t cater to the political machines, and can really restore integrity and decency to the office sought.

I discovered that kind of candidate last spring during a series of forums for candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for governor. State Senator Daniel Biss of Evanston was the only candidate completely independent of Michael Madigan’s machine — a real plus when challenging Bruce Rauner. He was the only candidate who understood why Illinois is in such dire financial straits and who articulated a path toward bringing Illinois back. He was the only candidate who actually answered questions instead of voicing empty political platitudes. 

Chris Kennedy repeated fumbled and clearly is running solely on his last name. J.B. Pritzker sidestepped question after question and appears to be running on the platform of our billionaire against their billionaire.

Well, we don’t need another billionaire to lead our state. We need an actual member of the middle class who understands and lives the same challenges we all face — and that’s independent Democratic progressive Daniel Biss.

On Jan. 4, we have two opportunities to meet that candidate in person in Oak Park. Gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss will meet and greet us Thursday night, Jan. 4, at the Oak Park Public Library from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the first floor Community Engagement Room. That morning he’ll be at the Live Café, 163 S. Oak Park Ave., for a coffee hour from 10 to 11 a.m. These are great opportunities to meet our next governor in a small setting where you can ask questions and get responsive answers. Don’t miss it.

Dan Lauber

River Forest

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