Our family went to Galena’s Eagle Ridge before the spring election.
Election signs were all over the place.
There was a local school bond referendum on the ballot.
I spotted two types of “Vote No” signs and one for the supporters.
Naturally, I took photos.
A couple of years ago, I discovered the antique dealer closest to the wine shops near the flood gate is politically oriented.
He told me that the referendum was the fourth in a row, that the first three had failed.
I asked him why the citizens just didn’t elect a school board that wouldn’t try to raise taxes.
“We did that once,” he said.
“But they turned into the people they replaced.”
He then credited Chicago pornographer Weird Harold Robbins, who moved to Galena, with the observation.
Candidates, he said, turned into the people they ran to replace once they took office.
That is a really interesting observation.
The referendum for the $24 million bond issue failed almost 3-1.
2,411 to 881 to be exact.