Election Day is Tuesday. I encourage everyone to vote for the candidates of your choice. Make sure you do your homework. Look at candidates' track records, histories and associations.
Birds of a feather flock together. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, believe me, it's a duck. No amount of smooth talk, slick campaign literature or billboards can change that. I don't know about you, but, I want to see our wards and city run by eagles and not turkeys or chickens.
As for me, I will not be voting for any candidates who want to run the ward like a business. Candidates who say that often don't know how government works and can't necessarily translate lessons learned from the business world to politics if they tried.
We need look no further than Rahm, Rauner and charter school operators to see where running government like businesses gets us for our state and city governments and many of our local charter schools. Government, by definition, can never be a business.
There are also rumors of illegal electioneering. I will not be voting for any candidates that are rumored to be engaging in illicit electioneering tactics or divisive politics or intimidation of voters and other candidates.
People don't change because they are elected. They just become amplified versions of who they are, for better or for worse, and the electorate has to deal with the consequences. Please, use your vote wisely.
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