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TALKING POINTS: Thanks Streator

Thanks to all involved in Streator’s sesquicentennial celebration over the summer.

Whether you attended parts or all of the activities from the always great 4th of July celebration to Labor Day and all the events in between, before and after you got a great sample of a great community.

Streator’s certainly come a long way from “Hardsrabble” and “Unionville” thanks not only to her many sons and daughters who contributed so much to the country, state and Starved Rock Country, but props are certainly due the community’s everyday hard-working citizens.

Campaign 2018

Move along, nothing to see or hear as the races pick up speed into the final weeks.

The bad dude association accusation campaign is full-on.

And by the way, there’s no truth to the rumor that all those Illinois citizens who’ve left the state might be coming back to vote in their old hometowns. Absentee voting maybe, but that rumor about busloads coming back to vote is probably just that — a rumor.

Illinois political operatives certainly wouldn’t do that, would they?

Mayoral turmoil in the big city

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision last week not to seek re-election threw Chicago and Illinois politics into turmoil.

Many Illinois citizens outside the metropolitan area no doubt view the whole thing as just another Chicago drama and are going about their business.

They don’t really pay much attention because they don’t live there and beside the Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks and a couple of airports, lots of downstate folks could care less.

But remember, the Chicago area contributes a large share of the state’s tax revenue and has a large share of the state’s registered voters.

Some downstate politicians repeatedly attack Chicago’s political influence because it plays well, but they’ll have to eventually compromise and work with those representing the Chicago area for the benefit of the entire state.

Chicago’s influence on the state’s politics, policies and economy probably shouldn’t be ignored by citizens who live far from the city.

Just sayin’.

Grumble time

There aren’t many weeks left in the construction season and it appears there’s still plenty to do on Starved Rock Country highways and byways.

Just two examples: La Salle Street’s right lane “washboard” in downtown Ottawa. Neighborhood streets in some communities are downright hazardous to the underside of many vehicles.

Our tax dollars keep flowing in, now how about maintaining all of our streets and highways.

Thank you.

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