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Monday, March 17, 2014

When 3 candidates won by 1 vote the same day

One year when I was the newspaper editor in Monmouth, Illinois, three races were decided by one vote. I found that incredible and I wrote about it.

All were local races in western Illinois, where I worked. Here are two who won and one who lost by one vote:

Patrick McCleary won the highway commissioner's job in Point Pleasant Township in Warren County by a 77-76 vote .

In the village of Joy in Mercer County, Gail Tucker became village president by a 69-68 margin.

In Swan Township in Warren County, the top four vote-getters won seats as township trustees. The fourth-place finisher had 92 votes, and James Anderson came in fifth place with 91 votes. He lost by one.


Those votes all occurred within a few miles of each other on April 7, 1981--thirty-three years ago. I remember that day every time an election rolls around.

So I will vote tomorrow. I know it matters.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Good advice from a great alum

Illinois State Senator Kimberly Lightford has become known for her passion and integrity. The featured speaker at this week's UIS Alumni in Government breakfast in Springfield, she told her own personal story and then had this advice:
Know your truth.
Speak your truth.
Stand in your truth.
That's what she does. It's the opposite of being wishy washy and that's why hers was an inspiring, challenging message.
See more photos from the breakfast here.
Sen. Kim Lightford speaks at UIS alumni breakfast.
UIS alumni Dalitso Sulamoyo and Carolyn Berning 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Feeling crabby? Sick of winter? Me too, but...

OK, it's cold again this weekend and the forecast for this weekend calls for more snow. In the past week I've been among those grumbling about the verifiable cold cold winter and feeling a little crabby about it. Today I'm saying: How silly is that? What can I do about? Just one thing. Look at a photo of flowers from last summer and know they'll be blooming again. Soon. Here on campus.