By Carla Feinkind

Local elections are coming up.  Many people don’t really follow local elections and local issues.  There is so much going on in Washington that we are preoccupied.  BUT IN MANY WAYS LOCAL ELECTIONS HAVE A FAR GREATER IMPACT ON OUR LIVES AND COMMUNITIES.   Hinsdale High School District 86 is voting for school board members and on a referendum. 

Schools define and build our communities.  Good /great schools bring people to the community.  While the District 86 referendum is not cheap, it is less than those recently passed in Elmhurst and other local communities. The annual cost for a $500,000 home is $283. The money is needed to provide life-safety and other vital facility upgrades for Hinsdale South and Hinsdale Central. NOT passing the referendum will hurt home values way more than the pain of that extra $283 for a few years.  

Some people who are elected to local positions eventually run for higher offices. Serving in these offices trains and prepares people for higher offices someday.  Judy Biggert started her career on the District 86 board. Eventually she became the Representative from the IL 6thCongressional District.  She is a Republican, BUT she never behaved in a partisan way on the school board and certainly not in a 2019 Republican way. Ms. Biggert and a large BIPARTISAN coalition are on record supporting the referendum because they believe in the public good.

Make sure you find out about the issues and the candidates.  Vote for the candidates who seem to share your VALUES and who will vote those values in office.  ELECTIONS MATTER….

(…And, let’s build a strong bench for the future. The BENCH MATTERS too.)