By Jim Bowman
More on two Oak Park legislators' town-hall-meeting tour in 2013 as told in Illinois Blues: How the Ruling Party Talks to Voters.
Sen. Don Harmon appeared with Rep. Camille Lilly and three other legislators on July 30 in Franklin Park's park district headquarters, seven miles northwest of his and Lilly's offices in Oak Park and on the West Side — another stark example of redistricting by Illinois Democrats according to their electoral requirements.
Among the other three was Sen. John Mulroe, a Northwest Side Chicago Democrat, who, "new to politics," had run for office in 2010 because the state was "on the brink of disaster." As an inveterate crisis-denier, Harmon must have cringed at that.
The two others were Rep. Kathleen Willis, from far-distant Addison, in DuPage County eight miles away, and Rep Mike McAuliffe, a Republican based on the city's far Northwest Side, who made the point early on that he works with the others and had little to say in the ensuing conversation.
Neither did Oak Park's Lilly, who did manage several times to squeeze in reference to her experience as a sophomore legislator. Indeed, her more extended contributions were about
From Illinois Blues: How the Ruling Party Talks to Voters— available in paperback, epub and Amazon Kindle formats.
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