Importance of voting
Carlos Acosta, a member of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2833, said labor has power in McHenry County, after many organizers protested against McHenry County board approving Gov. Bruce Rauner's turnaround agenda.
He said that AFSCME has not had a contract with the state for more than two years, and that it is important to take the power and organize it.
He believes more McHenry residents need to run for County Board, and announced he is running for the board in the fifth district.
"When I started going to County Board meetings, I would look up and see retired people, lawyers and business owners. I'm not questioning their desire to serve, but I sense they don't see life the way we see life as workers and union members," he said. "We need more teachers, more laborers and people of color on the board."