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Letter: Dear Will County ...

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Look, I've been doing a lot of soul searching since the election, and I wanted to let our independent allies and voters know that it is never over. The numbers did appear grim, but majorities of American’s do want the same thing they've always wanted; and that is opportunity, liberty, and a brighter future for their children. We should take away from this a lesson about message, organization, education, and turnout. If we throw up our arms and chalk this up to a defeated we can never recover from then we've truly lost the American spirit and ambition which we are instinctively born with. 

Election results: 386,172 registered voters in Will County. 251,476 cast ballots, which is a 65.12% turnout. What this means is with Obama at the top of the ticket they ran the table on us, we need leadership on a local level to change this. We need to organize our groups with a common message and theme to combat the political left machine based in Chicago that is well funded and motivated by power along with turnout. Although our intentions are good and strong, we need a plan of management, message, and most importantly independent people that can deliver a message and win. If we are to achieve turnout and turncoat independents to our vision it will require our organization and message to become that centerpiece of our mission. 

The pundits are already claiming that the Republican Party is dead, and they need to moderate… Well we’ve nominated two moderates and how’d that work out. The electorate wants clarity and contrast between the two party views on many issues, weather they agree or not. Illinois is dangerously close to becoming California and successfully surpassing them as the worst most corrupt state in the union.

I know we have the political will to change for the better in this state, but for now we need to do what my father always taught me. “Sometimes life will kick you down, beat the wind out of you, but you have to get back on the horse and keep riding.” I know and understand how many of you feel, and I understand your discomfort, pain, and deflated sensation, but this is not a time to throw in the towel.  Let us learn from our mistakes and get back on the horse, fight on, and never give up.  

Let us turn our gaze to 2014 and work to elect leadership and government that is “By the People, and For the People.”

Jeffrey D. DeRango

Independent Registered Voter

Plainfield, Illinois

J Hill November 09, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Nicely written letter. I, too, am glad the elction is over, and hope that we can focus our eyes to the future. Although, I hoped for a different outcome in the election, I will stand behind this president. I am very afraid of some of his policies he is trying to push onto all of us(and we all need to be aware of them to vote knowlegably). I hope this forward change does not change us for the worse. I hope and pray that we can elect some officials (local & state) that wil actually do the best for the people of IL and hopefully stop the crooks from running our state.
Tim November 09, 2012 at 04:56 PM
You know your party is doomed when someone asks 'did the rape guy win', and you have to ask 'which one?'
Ernie Knight November 09, 2012 at 07:25 PM
And the party of Blago, Derrick Smith and numerous former Chicago politicians currently occupying jail cells? They are our beacon of hope?
Mike Keniley November 11, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Mr. Knight please move on...the people have spoken. I would like to thank ALL those who stepped up and placed their name and reputations on the line in the past election cycle.
Ernie Knight November 12, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Mr. Keniley, My response was not on the election as a whole. It was a response to a post. Respectfully, butt out.
Mike Keniley November 12, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Mr. Knight...thank you for you kind words. I will "butt out" when I feel like butting out. Again, get over it, sir.
Ernie Knight November 12, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Mr. Keniley, If you wish to support Tim and his posts on the Patch, that's up to you. I wouldn't think the Plainfield Democrats would want to be associated with him and his views.
Mike Keniley November 12, 2012 at 03:07 PM
So, Mr. Knight...I am supporting...who?? And I suppose you and “like minded individuals” have a right to use this as a private forum to slam Democrats?? Perhaps Democrats should just stand around and allow derogatory posts to be left unanswered? I am sure this will make you very happy. Respectfully, I will be silenced when I decide to be silenced. Thank you and have a nice day.
Ernie Knight November 12, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Good to know Tim has a buddy, Mike. So I am to "move on" and not reply to attacks on the Republican party? You appear to share Tim's double standard.
Haiku November 12, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Alright, who will be the first to say, "I know you are but what am I?"?
Mike Keniley November 12, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Mr. Knight...excuse me sir. I will bow to your wishes and cease to post on this thread. This will allow you to continue your rhetorical attacks about "party of Blago, Derrick Smith and numerous former Chicago politicians currently occupying jail cells". And what about your party's George Ryan...come on.
Ernie Knight November 13, 2012 at 06:58 PM
If we're comparing Illinois indictees, the Republicans have some catching up to do to match the Democrats.
JeffK November 15, 2012 at 07:06 AM
oh I don't know, they have some names George Ryan, Ed Vrydolyak, Betty Loren Maltese, God got Mayor Stephens before the law could.
Ernie Knight November 15, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Are you referring to Ed Vrdolyak, former Chicago alderman and head of the Cook County DEMOCRATIC Party? Keep trying JeffK.
Conservative November 16, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Objectively, I’ve been reading the comments on this well written opinion, and I’ve noticed since the democrats have nothing constructive to add to this conversation, they’ve instinctively turned to bickering about non-issues such as which party is more corrupt. See the difference between liberals and conservatives is even when the chips are down and liberals are cheering about some “perceived” landslide, conservatives go back to work… Literally, it’s an election. There will be a ton of them, and what we’ve learned is you cannot nominate a moderate and run an autopilot campaign; you actually need contrast and choice between political parties.
JeffK November 16, 2012 at 03:32 AM
No I'm talking about the Ed Vrdolyak former Republican candidate for mayor of Chicago. One of W's cloesest contancts and biggest supporters in IL during both his terms. Kingpin of Republican organizations in suburban cook and Dupage county. Advisor to top Republicans like Skip, Maureen Murphy, Liz Gorman, Betty Loren, etc. I do keep trying but some are just too thick to be able to learn. Maybe you should find a source post 1989.
JeffK November 16, 2012 at 05:22 AM
Actually conservative it was republican precinct captian Ernest(the so called republican who didn't know Eddie V has been one of the most powerful movers and shakers in the IL Republican party for the last 20 years) that brought up the corruption bickering. Here is the flaw with the conservative republican movement Studies have shown that the majority of Americans follow conservative values. The problem for the Republicans is a number of these people are african american or latino. The majority of White Americans are not conservative, however the majority of the Republican party is white. There is your problem in a nutshell Until the conservative movement embraces and can recruit larger blocks of AA or Latino voters there will be no substantial successful conservative movement. Good Luck
Conservative November 16, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Interesting points, but again the republicans didn't run a conservative campaign against Obama. They did not juxtapose their positions and ideas against the liberal policies that have failed us over the past 4 years. Rather than run another moderate or "Democrat-lite" candidate... well you get my point. I’m with the article, moving on. But Jeff I am wondering how you support a party in this state that “claims to be for the middle class” however they consistently raise taxes on income, gas, sales, and property? We also pay the highest gas taxes/prices in the nation, and our unemployment is currently over 9%.So explain how we are better off in Illinois by having one party rule from the democrats and how raising my income taxes by 66.6% help me and my family? Status Quo I suppose, unfortunately you and other die hard democrats can’t see past a party line vote or even consider a different candidate (be that republican or third party). Thank you.
Ernie Knight November 16, 2012 at 02:32 PM
You're hilarious JeffK. Political conversion to the Republican party for temporary political advantage makes him a Republican? Funny. One of Bush's closest contacts: you're insane. One of the most powerful movers and shakers in the Republican party for 20 years: Hilarious. He converted for temporary advantage. No powerful Chicago politician has been a Republican for a long, long time. Hence his successful and long standing acreer as a Democrat and his short, unsuccessful career as a Republican. And to assume that becoming a Republican corrupted him, is really a stretch. I don't need Internet sites to tell me what was going on. I was around and paying attention. If you're seriously trying to come up with as many Republicans as Chicago Democrat machine politicians who have been indicted: Best of luck!
JeffK November 16, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I don't support that party, I have voted Republican in every primary my entire life except one and that was because I took a Dem ballot to vote against Obama in 08. I was around in the days when republicans actually won in IL and I can see why they aren't doing so well these days. Ernie, why did Eddie V send some of the top election attorneys in the state of IL to Florida to help GW in the hanging chad case? You call 20 years a short period of time? His public career was short lived as a republican but his behind scenes career was long lived and yes he was very powerful within the party. You would know this if you were actaully involved in polictics and not some wanna be meaningless captain at zero pay. He was widely known as a power broker within the Republican party. How do you not know what has gone on in your party the last 20 years? I thought you were following
Ron November 16, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Conservative, your statement below sounds just like the majority of the Republican makeup on the Village Board in Plainfield. Gas, sales, property, & water rates have all raised with the majority of Republican support. This doesn't allow me to provide the best for my two daughters. "But Jeff I am wondering how you support a party in this state that “claims to be for the middle class” however they consistently raise taxes on income, gas, sales, and property? We also pay the highest gas taxes/prices in the nation, and our unemployment is currently over 9%.So explain how we are better off in Illinois by having one party rule from the democrats and how raising my income taxes by 66.6% help me and my family?"
Conservative November 16, 2012 at 07:25 PM
So Ron would have you believe that the Will County Board is responsible for the state income tax hike. You're party never ceases to amaze me, the entire will county legislation (just re-elected) is yes you guessed it Democrats. A county board does not impose income taxes Ron. Furthermore Will county sales taxes are lower than Crook County. The water tax you are talking about is a direct effect from the city of Chicago. http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20111014/news/710149907/ Other duties that the board of commissioners may be responsible for or oversee include: Issuing bonds Managing county parks Collecting and disposing of trash Managing pensions for county employees Assuring water quality Administering courts and jails Collecting property and sales taxes Get a grip Ron, Republicans do not control any part of this state's legislation. Keep voting Democrat, its working.
Conservative November 16, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Gotcha, guess I got caught up. Thanks for the clarification. Let's also agree that a lot of the so called "Republicans" in this district are not conservative, they just run as republicans because a democrat couldn't win with the voters in certian areas, just like a Republican can't win in the city of Chicago.
Conservative November 16, 2012 at 07:35 PM
I know YOU are but what AM I!?!? Agreed, off topic comments.
Ernie Knight November 16, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Vrdolyak did not go from Cook County DEMOCRATIC Party Chairman to the power within the Illinois Republican Party. To assert that he was a corrupt Republican with no acknowledgement of his far longer-standing role in the Democratic Party or the fact that he was Cook County Democratic Party Chairman with the Chicago machine is deceptive and dishonest.
Ron November 17, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Conservative, Perhaps you should go back and reread my initial thread before making a reply totally unrelated. The majority of the Republican makeup on the Plainfield Village Board raised gas, sales, and property taxes along with water rates.
Conservative November 19, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Ron, the battle cry of the loser in a debate is clearly depicted here. Why don't you and the other drive by media liberals get the facts then make statements rooted in reality. Let me try to speak slower for you: The township boards for Plainfield do not have control over such tax rates. Please learn about the basic principles of government before making such claims. You're party is 100% in charge of this state the house, senate, and governor is democrat along with the legislation which was re-elected for will county yes again democrats; so if you have a problem with tax rates here in Illinois, look no further than the democratic party. Please Ron I saw that you created this account to try and defend your party with weak arguments and false statements. I just hope the rest of the responsible citizens and tax payers see thru the ignorance here and brush you off like I have.
Ron November 19, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Never once did I mention anything about Plainfield Township.

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