As a resident, I want to thank all of those who took the time to vote. I also want to thank those who ran and put up with our criticism. I thank the eventual winner, where he actually pays any attention and gives us more than 'lip service' and poll prancing to victory at the local nursing homes. All that politically sputters in RP seems to be riding a wave, rather than fulfilling real needs like viable education. I find that our current Alderman wants to develop not only real estate, but the future educational needs of a real estate moguls children or those of non-resident liquor store owners, not our kids.
Building a school and making those schools work for our children's committment and trust are two different worlds. The new construction would be great if the test scores demonstrated that such efforts made much of a difference. So far, there are lots of school construction contracts and little in terms of educational gains in our neighborhood schools. Again, the contractor's employees and suburban CEOs can now send their kids to Harvard and Yale with our educational dollars.
I am sure that all of us wanted our choice to get free LaSalle office space and focus upon the communities needs, not just those of absentee suburbanite landlords or national figures, who seem to think geese gullets lack cartilage and that those flying feasts make great pets. I apologize to more sensitive vegans. We can only hope for a run off, so that the remaining candidates get a chance to demonstrate their platforms and maybe encourage more to vote. Can you imagine, one thirteenth of registered voters decided to visit the polling place.
Schillers Ward had double the voter turnout at about 11,000. Our Ward needs a little more attention to progress and that means reasonable goals that benefit the community, not incumbency. We don't want a DevCorpse. Sam Leone would be rolling around in his grave if he knew what Joe did to his program on the Lake. Joe bring it back!