I’ve been covering politics for so long that, 11 years into it, I rarely run into candidates that blow me away. It’s isn’t a matter of becoming jaded, because I still get excited about folks like Richard Irvin and Ron Hain. It’s something more along the lines of the expectations rise commensurately with the number of politicians you’ve met.
So when Don Ishmael said his wife Anna was running for D131 school board, and she was a much better politician than he was, my curt response was, “That’s not setting the bar too high, sir!”
And he agreed! For reference purposes, Don is a good friend, a Kane County Board member, and the Aurora Township Democratic Chairman,
But when I got sat down with Don and Anna at Ron Hain’s recent campaign kickoff event, I was completely blown away.
Anna grew up as the only daughter of seven children in a dirt poor East Aurora neighborhood. But rather than lament her lot in life, she decided, if she couldn’t complete with her peers in the money and social prestige categories, she’d do it with her brain.
And she excelled in every subject.
When she got pregnant at 17, Anna thought her only option was to drop out of school until a teacher insisted she was going to graduate. So she did!
Fast forward to 2017 and Anna is a civilian fire inspector with the City of Aurora, she’s a certified EMT, she has an Associate’s Degree in psychology, and she’s almost completed her second Associate’s Degree in fire sciences.
She’s managed to accomplish all this while raising four children too!
Not one to rest on her laurels, Anna is running for East Aurora school board. Of course, that means this Genevan can’t vote for her, but it doesn’t mean I don’t have a stake in this race.
My wife is math interventionist at a D131’s middle school and she comes home with some of the saddest student stories I’ve ever heard. Most of those tales revolve around the fact that these young men and women don’t believe they have options. And if you feel like your destiny is already set, what’s the value of an education.
So the first thing I said to Anna is, “I gotta get into you into my wife’s classroom to talk to these students.” They need to hear from someone who made it despite the same difficult start. They need to hear about possibilities beyond their limited reality. They need to understand they have options.
And we need a D131 school board member who understands what it means to be in that “hopeless” position. By the way, Anna’s capacity to convey her story makes me look like an amateur.
Then there’s this. Much like my presence prepared my wife for middle schoolers, if Anna can survive 22 years of Don, then she’s certainly ready to serve on a school board.
So I’m asking all you East Siders to vote for Anna Ishmael on April 4. I haven’t been this excited about a candidate in years!
Today, Kane County Board member and Ward & Jones Supersub Kurt Kojzarek and I will spend an hour with Elgin City Council Candidate Brandon Yaniz.
We’ll talk about his campaign, Elgin itself, and I’ll ask Kurt what’s going on at the County.
If you have a question for Kurt or Brandon you can either text the show at 224-325-4458 or call 847-931-1410 and Produce Dave will post your question on the air.
Where’s the only place you get this kind of in-depth local, northern Illinois, and Springfield news coverage? That’s right! Ward & Jones, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, at 3p.m. on WRMN AM1410. Be there or be square!
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Larry and I pretty much covered everything from errant political mailers to youth sports concussions to big box retail failing. It was a fascinating discussion if I do say so myself!
Kurt Kojzarek will be in on Wednesday when I’m sure we’ll learn what’s going on at the Kane County level. Until then…
Today, the Smiling Conservative and I will discuss:
- A hit mailer against the Elgin Township Republicans
- The Affordable Care Act survives!
- Youth sports and concussions
- Sears warns they won’t be around much longer
- Does law enforcement have a right to scan your face?
That includes your on-topic calls too at 847-931-1410. Don’t forget! You can text the show at 224-325-4458 with any questions, comments, or anything you think we missed!
Where’s the only place you get this kind of in-depth local, northern Illinois, and Springfield news coverage? That’s right! Ward & Jones, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, at 3p.m. on WRMN AM1410. Don’t miss it!
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Larry and I want to that Hanover Township Supervisor Brian McGuire for coming on the show and proving that some politicians actually do want to consolidate local government. We also discussed Elgin City Councilman John Prigge’s IRS problem and the sudden move to legalize marijuana in Illinois.
The Smiling Conservative and I will be back Monday when I’m sure we’ll have all sorts of local news to discuss. Until then…
On today’s installment of Ward & Jones, Larry and I will discuss Hanover Township’s referendum with Supervisor Brian McGuire. What! A local government body is trying to reduce redundancy!
That just doesn’t happen in Illinois.
Then Larry and I will tackle Elgin City Councilman John Prigge’s tax lien and whether a Springfield bill to legalize pot is worthwhile.
And now you can text Ward & Jones at 224-325-4458. If you think we missed something or got too insider on a subject, simply text the show!
Where’s the only place you get this kind of in-depth local, northern Illinois, and Springfield news coverage? That’s right! Ward & Jones, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, at 3p.m. on WRMN AM1410. Let’s continue the conversation.
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The Smiling Conservative and I discussed Pope Frank, anti-Semitic flyers at UIC, punishing heroin dealers for other folk’s overdoses, and, of course, the U-46 Dual Language program.
We want to thank Lisa Hopp for calling in and filling in those dual language blanks.
We’ll be back on Friday at 3. Until then…