Our governor is proud that his home town, Chicago, is a sanctuary city. Is he proud of this state?
In the Illinois Valley area alone, we have lost two icons of local industry with the closing of Del Monte in Mendota and the Hennepin power plant along the Illinois River. Media has reported that leaders have said there will be opportunities for workers to be retrained for employment in other jobs. So what is reality?
Locally our schools, towns, local governments and first responders are hurt by loss of tax monies that are needed for efficient operations and better education. Cuts in services and or employees are a real possibility. Statements could be made about the possible future uses for these properties but let us deal in the now. What has happened with the old LTV steel plant site? The neighborhoods are hurting now. What about the retraining we hear about? Great idea however still no guarantee that families will possibly have to pull up roots and leave for another town or state for employment, leaving loved ones behind. Illinois families leaving a community creates an unstable family dynamic, smaller local school attendance, and decreased spending at our local business. So what now? We need to affect change by looking at the bigger picture. Don’t look to protect the one, we need to protect the state.
Be involved in dialogue with community leaders, have sit down conversations with our legislators. People who care will listen.
Most important is vote. When entering the voting booth think not of what will benefit me but of what will help our neighborhood and state keep our families safe, comfortable and at home.
Kevin Hildebrand, Ohio, Ill.