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Olson: We'll have election information – and free football tickets

Not everyone votes. Some people refuse to even register.

This summer during a visit to the Secretary of State’s office in DeKalb, I overheard one woman decline to be registered to vote as she renewed her driver’s license.

“I don’t vote for crooks,” she replied.

Sure, there are a few bad apples in every profession – some people claim there are even unethical people in media. However, most of the local, state and federal representatives with whom I’ve interacted as a journalist and as a constituent have been relatively engaged and helpful.

Those who do lose touch with the people they serve eventually lose elections.

If you plan to vote – and please, do – watch for the debut of our Election Central site, which will be going live in October. We’ve sent out questionnaires to all candidates for statewide and Congressional offices in areas we cover in Illinois, and the candidates’ answers to those questions, along with biographical information and photos, will appear on the site.

County and state representative candidates will be receiving questions soon, too. Our goal is to let everyone seeking office be heard.

Some candidates also will meet with our editorial board for endorsement interviews. You can watch them unfold via Facebook Live, if you do the social media thing, and suggest questions if you have them.

H-U-S-K-I-E-S: The college football season starts Saturday, with Northern Illinois traveling to Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium to take on the Hawkeyes.

I’m betting that when they return to DeKalb, they’ll be 1-0 after racking up another win against a Big Ten opponent.

Next up will be the home opener against Pacific-12 opponent Utah – and the Daily Chronicle is giving away primo seats.

In exchange for your email address, you can enter for a chance to win one of six four-packs of tickets to the Sept. 8 game at Huskie Stadium against the Utes. They’ll either be chairback seats at midfield, or passes to the new Endzone Club.

Interested? Enter this link into your web browser: shawurl.com/3a30. If you pass the link on to a friend, you’ll get another chance to enter.

Contest winners will be notified by the middle of next week.

Good luck, and go Huskies.

• Eric Olson is general manager of the Daily Chronicle. Reach him at 815-756-4841, ext., 2257, email eolson@shawmedia.com, or follow him on Twitter @DC_Editor.

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