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updated: 10/29/2010 7:37 PM

Oversight on forest board endorsements

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In the DuPage Forest Preserve Commission race the Daily Herald missed a few calls in its endorsements of the various candidates. The Daily Herald editorial staff denied its endorsement of republican incumbent Joe Cantore, and instead endorsed Hilary Denk, his democratic challenger.

The staff took Mr. Cantore to task because of an ethical lapse in which his campaign accepted donations from the law firm at which one Robert Mork works. Mr. Mork works on retainer on behalf of this firm as the lead attorney for the DuPage Forest Preserve. This is an obvious conflict.

What I find interesting is that Mr. Mork's firm also donated $1,000 to other Republican incumbents specifically the campaign funds of Mike Formento (4th District) and Dewey Pierotti (president) who benefited from the law firm's largesse.

Despite this, the Herald denied its endorsement to their Democratic challengers, Mr. Clark (candidate for president) and Mr. Bergman (4th District commission candidate). This is a significant oversight.

In today's climate of political change, I've made it my mission to become a more informed voter and make a conscious choice in picking the future leaders of our community. It's time for a change and I intend to elect officials who run open and honest campaigns. I'm excited about the fact that we have qualified candidates who are challenging the incumbents currently in charge of protecting our forests.

Kristine Wilson