To the Editor:
On April 9, voters in DeKalb Township face a choice in candidates, and many of them are unaware of the importance of township government in Illinois.
When I worked in a city government in LaSalle County, I soon found that the best organization for helping those truly in need was the local township. The county government and the local nonprofit organizations often were not as effective in this area as the township.
Here in DeKalb, I have needed help from DeKalb Township a number of times. When Alzheimer’s disease left me no choice but to put my mother in the county nursing home, the township supervisor was most helpful and gave me some excellent advice.
When I approached them, the township assessor and his staff have always been friendly and courteous. When my friends and neighbors challenged their assessments, they reported the same sort of treatment. This in an office where the staff normally deals with upset property owners.
This sort of professionalism is the rule and not the exception in our township. The township roads are in excellent condition. In short, DeKalb Township is exceptionally well-run, and does all of this on a tight budget.
Our Midwestern townships were designed by the genius of Thomas Jefferson in the Land Ordinance of 1785. They are the only governments in Illinois where citizens can directly legislate. They provide essential services with efficiency and effectiveness.
But like other governments in our state, they are being forced by the ongoing fiscal downturn to provide more services with a declining revenue base. Consequently, it is imperative that we retain our current township officials, who are running as the United DeKalb party.
Their experience and expertise is far more important than would be the case were the times not so trying. We simply cannot afford to elect people who lack the necessary experience and understanding of township operations.