Monday morning at a Barrington Park District facility, Mark Beaubien’s widow Dee Beaubien had a formal kick-off to her quest to gather 1,500 good signatures (3,000 being the goal) to get on the fall ballot as an Independent to run against Republican Dave McSweeney.
Not knowing the park behind the library, I had done some research on how to find the place, but it was still past the 10 o’clock announced starting time when I arrived at Jewel Tea Pavilion in Citizen’s Park.
Former State Rep. Rosemary Kurtz' license plate.
Even so, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to look at license plates and bumper stickers in the isolated parking lot east of the meeting place.
The first I saw had the number 64, that of my old legislative district. I made a wild guess that it belonged to the woman who defeated me in the 2000 GOP primary, Rosemary Kurtz.
That didn’t really surprise me since Dee and Rosemary have similar philosophies.
Bumper stickers on the back window read "Turn Off Fox" and "Obama 2012."
For some reason, the Chevy with the Obama 2012 and the Turn Off Fox bumper stickers caught my attention.
Then I thought, of course, Democrats will be supporting Dee Beaubien because there is no Democratic Party candidate running for State Rep. in the 52nd House District.
I walked past the back ends of some other cars.
Former State Rep. Elizabeth Coulson was in attendance.
There was a retired legislator plate with “BC.”
No mystery there.
Former State Rep. Beth Coulson, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress to replace Mark Kirk, still had a “Beth Coulson for State Rep.” bumper sticker on her bumper.
"GOBAMA" urges this bumper sticker.
Moving along, I found a bumper sticker on a car bought in Highland Park that said, “GOBAMA.”
Good play on words, I thought.
The middle bumper sticker "Dogs Against Romeny" shows that Democrats haven't lost their sense of humor.
Another Obama 2012 was on the back of a black vehicle.
Above it was an Evanston Township High School sticker.
Below was one I just focused on.
When I did, it made me smile.
“I ride inside. DogsAgainstRomney.com” with a photo of a dog whose breed I should recognize, but don’t.
Another Obama sticker.
A Volvo sported a round “Obama 2012″ sticker on its bumper. It was bought in Barrington.
A Ford Taurus has four bumper stickers.
Two were “Obama 2012″ ones.
One was stuck over a “Women for Obama” sticker, probably from 2008.
Melissa Bean's bumper sticker share billing on this bumper with Barack Obama.
And, on the right hand side of the bumper was a “Melissa Bean for Congress” bumper sticker.
And, finally, a Toyota bought in Arlington Heights had a handmade poster in its back window touting workers’ rights in Wisconsin:
This sign supporting workers' rights in Wisconsin was in the back window of a Dee Beaubien supporter.