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Opinion

Heimerman: Don't be numb: Cast your votes this spring

Cover your eyes, mom. Of late, I’ve found myself dashing off to assignments without a coat.

Thursday night, in a fit of paranoia over a detail in a story, I dashed barefoot to my car, in our carport, to make sure I had a name right.

Blame it on my northeastern Wisconsin blood. Fact is, though, don’t we kind of get numb to the brutal cold living the Midwest?

It would be just as easy to grow numb to the political noise. Or so I’m told.

A journalist, I couldn’t tune out if I wanted to, and I’d feel embarrassed if I didn’t vote. That said, I understand why many people tune out, with the barrage of mudslinging they endure in ads, and on their social media feeds.

Here’s the deal, though, and I know it’s cliché: If you don’t vote, you don’t get to complain.

Admittedly, we don’t have a lot of “sexy races” in the March 20 primary. Of note are the races to replace Hinckley Republican Bob Pritchard as a state representative in the
70th District, and the four Democrats hoping to earn a shot at unseating Republican Adam Kinzinger in the 16th Congressional District come fall.

There’s a bunch of referendums, too, depending on where you live, and let’s not overlook the importance of the big-ticket race for Illinois governor.

Stories on the gubernatorial race will be in ample supply on our state pages, and thanks to the Editorial Board at the Northwest Herald, our sister paper in Crystal Lake, we’re giving you the scoop on why the Democratic candidates think they can do a better job than Gov. Bruce Rauner.

I urge you to vote, but if any of those local races concern you, and you don’t feel well-informed, do your homework. You can vote early, but if you can pump the brakes for a minute, we'll be publishing election preview stories leading right up to March 20.

Voting is as easy as ever before. You can go to dekalb.il.clerkserve.com and exercise your civil right from the comfort of your couch.

You can vote early at the Gathertorium in the DeKalb County Legislative Center, 200 N. Main St., Sycamore, and four more sites will open Monday – the DeKalb Township building at 2323 S. Fourth St., the Northern Illinois Holmes Student Center’s Blackhawk Annex, Kirkland Village Hall at 511 W. Main St., and the Sandwich Fire Station at 310 E. Railroad St.

Those sites are open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. next Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the following Sunday, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. the next day, better known as Monday, March 19, or Election Day Eve.

Wear your coat. Don’t. That’s your prerogative. Voting? That’s different. Make sure your voice is heard this spring, and thereafter.

• Christopher Heimerman is editor of the Daily Chronicle. Reach him at 815-756-4841, ext. 2221, or email cheimerman@shawmedia.com.

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