There is an old adage that suggests that all politics are local. In our local communities of Lake Bluff and Lake Forest, we have a local election coming up that will impact all of us at LFHS. There is no electoral college, so every vote counts equally. Anyone who is 18 years old by the election date is eligible to vote, provided that you register.
Tuesday, April 4th is the Election date where we vote for positions held in the municipal, township, park district, library district, school board, community college, and regional board offices. Exact positions up for re-election are Mayor of Lake Forest, four District 67 School Board positions, and four District 115 School Board positions. In Lake Bluff, the positions of Village President, three spots on the Village of Lake Bluff Board of Trustees, Village Clerk, four spots on the Library Board of Trustees, four spots on the District 65 Board of Education, and five spots on the Park District Board of Commissioners are up for election. Also, an Alderman for each of the four wards in Lake Forest will be elected. There are two Aldermen for each ward, and they represent all of the residents from their respective wards on the City Council. The elections for Aldermen alternate every year. To find out what ward you live in, follow the link below to the City of Lake Forest website:
In order to vote, you need to be at least 18 years old by the date of the election. Registration opens up approximately 28 days prior to an election. You can also register to vote at your voting precinct on the day of the election so long as you provide two forms of identification. One form needs to show a signature and the other needs to be some other form of identification like an Illinois state ID or an Illinois driver’s license. You can vote on either election day or during the early voting process, which starts…. Another option is to vote by mail, where a ballot would be sent directly to your house. In order to register to vote by mail, follow the link below to the Lake County Clerk website:
Here are the nearby precincts where you can register to vote:
Lake Bluff Village Hall
40 East Center Avenue, Lake Bluff
906 Muir Avenue, Knollwood
Office of the County Clerk – County Courthouse
18 N County St, Waukegan
Lake Forest City Hall
220 East Deerpath, Lake Forest
Both Lake Forest and Lake Bluff have a caucus. A caucus is an organization comprised of community members who find and interview potential candidates for local office. In Lake Forest, the Caucus is an elected group of 43 non-partisan members of the community. They find and interview candidates for local office positions in order to ensure that only the most qualified individuals hold office in the community. In addition, the Caucus interviews and recommends to the Mayor candidates for many volunteer positions. In Lake Bluff, the local caucus is called Vote Lake Bluff. They have a similar purpose and function to that in Lake Forest. This year, the elections for a few of the positions are contested, meaning that candidates are running that were not endorsed by the Caucus. One such election is for the open spots in the District 115 School Board.
Another useful source in learning more about voting and local elections is the website for a non-partisan group called the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff League of Women Voters. Their purpose is to educate people about voting and to encourage people to vote. They promote equality, diversity, and participation in government matters. To learn more, follow the link below to their website:
The Forest Scout encourages everyone who is eligible to vote to register, research all candidates, and vote in this upcoming election. All votes count equally, so let your opinion be heard. In contested elections, each vote is very important, and the District 115 School Board election has a direct impact on the future of our high school.