Yesterday, I posting a close-up Amendment 1 people voted upon in 1942.
Here’s the whole sample ballot, complete with Prohibitation Party candidates:
I met two of the men on this ballot–Bill Stratton and Lester Edinger.
And I believe Judge Henry Cowlin swore me in as McHenry County Treasurer in 1966. The ceremony certaInly took place in his second floor courtroom in the Old Courthouse.
Stratton came to my hospital room at Oberlin College when he visited the campus to talk about Illinois politics during the Republican Mock Convention which I chaired.
Edinger found me on the Woodstock Square at some event and told me how World War I Veterans came home and decided it was time for the next generation to take over the courthouse.
He ran for Sheriff and won, but (and here my memory may be skipping some offices) since Sheriff’s could not run for re-election under the 1870 State Constitution, he ran for Circuit Clerk, where he served until his Chief Deputy Margaret O’Neill (who always wore brightly-colored dresses that even my red-green color-blind eyes could appreciate).
At some point those Veterans (and I know nothing about any role, if any Edinger may have played) became corrupted, allowing gambling and drinking during Prohibition and even allowing third floor of the County Poor Farm building to be used to treat those injured in Chicagoland gangland wars.
The corruption continued until at least the 1950’s. According to the slot machine repairman Sam Smunk, whom my father met somehow and introduced me to in our driveway, he paid each judge at the courthouse $1,000 a week to allow the gambling to continue unfettered.