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Our view: Plenty to learn before April election

Published: Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Newt Gingrich is coming to McHenry County in a couple of weeks to stump for a candidate for McHenry County sheriff.

State media are buzzing about whether Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will run for governor and, if so, what that will mean for her powerful father, House Speaker Michael Madigan.

The primaries for both of these races aren’t until March 2014, still more than a year away. In the meantime, we have dozens of significant local races that will be decided in April of this year.

The Consolidated Municipal Election is April 9. On the ballot in McHenry County will be dozens of municipal, school board and township races, as well as a handful of referendums.

These positions aren’t as high profile as governor or sheriff, but the people voted to these offices will decide the issues that affect you directly: how to spend your property-tax dollars; whether to approve a variance for a new business in your neighborhood; what school curriculum is best for your child.

There are contested mayoral and village president races in a dozen McHenry County towns, including Cary, Harvard, Johnsburg, Lake in the Hills and McHenry.

There are contested city council and village board races in more than a dozen municipalities, including Algonquin, Crystal Lake, Huntley and Marengo.

Eleven school districts in the county have contested races, and a number of townships have contested supervisor and/or road supervisor races.

As we do each election cycle, the Northwest Herald will be sending questionnaires to candidates in contested races. We also will be inviting candidates in from contested mayoral and village president races to meet with members of our Editorial Board.

We’ll share the information we gather with our readers.

Between now and April 9 (there are a couple of township primaries in February), voters must educate themselves about the candidates in the races they will be voting in.

They then must make sure to vote.

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