Although the deadline to run for local office was Jan. 26, the Daily Herald in Chicago has not been able to get the addresses and, in some cases, names of candidates from the Wauconda Library District, Oakbrook Terrace Township, Naperville Township and Deer Park Township.
Today's topic might sound self serving, and to a certain extent it is, but it's really all about providing you, the local voters, with what you need to know.
Here's the problem: Far too many of our municipalities, schools, libraries, parks, fire and township boards are refusing to release blatantly public information about the people who are running to represent us.
We can't tell you about these candidates and you can't learn about them yourselves if none of us can find out who they are and how we might contact them. It's as simple as that. It's a basic part of a free, working democracy.