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Schaumburg: Not too late to care about Tuesday’s election

Published: Saturday, April 6, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

If the number of election-related letters to the editor we received is an indicator of voter interest, we should have a record turnout Tuesday.

Of course, that’s not going to happen. I assume the number of people who show up and vote Tuesday will be at its normal, miserable level. I mean, really, why would anybody choose to participate in the most important set of elections we have?

Letter-writers were hard at work this election season, however. We don’t keep official stats on these kind of things around here, but speculation in the office is that this crop of election letters could be the most we’ve ever had – at least in the past decade.

Based on letter-writers’ interest and/or well-organized letter-writing campaigns, the hot races Tuesday are McHenry County College trustee, McHenry mayor, Cary village president, Crystal Lake City Council, Prairie Grove School District 46 board and McHenry Township assessor. Yes, you read that correctly. McHenry Township assessor.

Early voting ends today. So if you want to beat what surely will be mega-long lines to vote Tuesday, visit an early voting location today and cast your ballot. The McHenry County clerk’s website has a list of early voting locations and hours.

Whether you plan on voting today or Tuesday, it is important that you educate yourself about the candidates and issues in your community’s races. That’s where we can help.

Online, visit Election Central – elections.nwherald.com – for everything you need to be prepared in the voting booth. Election Central contains candidate questionnaires in contested municipal, school board and township races. You can find candidate profiles, video introductions, and all the stories we’ve written in advance of the election.

Municipal elections matter the most to voters. You are electing the people who will decide how your taxes will be spent. It’s too bad more people don’t take that to heart. It’s not too late.

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New on today’s Opinion page is a feature named Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down. Members of our Editorial Board each Saturday will offer commentary on an item in the news that week. This feature will allow us to highlight events that wouldn’t normally demand a full editorial.

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We recognize that police reports from your community are of high reader interest. We also recognize that we haven’t been able to publish them consistently within our newspaper pages.

So this week we started publishing police reports daily at NWHerald.com, Monday through Friday. There’s always space online. So regardless of space in print, we will consistently publish police reports on the Internet.

You can find police reports online under the News heading in the navigation bar at NWHerald.com.

• Jason Schaumburg is editor of the Northwest Herald. He’s saddened by the loss this week of another Chicago journalism stalwart – Roger Ebert, who was much more than a movie critic. Reach him at 815-459-4122 or via email at jschaumburg@shawmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Schaumy.

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