18%. That was the final turn out for my district on the northside. Had a conversation with one of these “trash the system” people who out of some supreme sense of civic consciousness strategically do not vote. City wide the turn out is estimated at around 40%, better than 34% in the election that led to the runoff. That number is still abysmally low. Low turn outs nearly always favor the incumbent.
The good news is, if you like:
Speed and red light cameras,
Pay to play politics,
A condescending dictatorial city hall,
Your property taxes skimmed for gifts to the mayor’s wealthy friends,
Shuttered public schools to pay for corporate charter schools,
The elimination of public services, such as rat abatement and mental health clinics
Hidden predatory taxation
The continued blighting of the south and west sides in a continuing housing and foreclosure catastrophe
If you love all of those things, then keep reminding yourself that voting is evil and doesn’t matter. Then again, if you feel that way you might just be Governor Bruce Rauner
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