It seems the residents of Fox Lake can't stop shooting themselves in the foot.
Approximately 17 percent of the registered voters in Fox Lake voted in the last election.
They keep changing horses in midstream and haven't re-elected a mayor in over 30 years. This accomplishes nothing other than to discourage developers from coming to Fox Lake while current businesses are leaving.
Mayor Ed Bender worked tirelessly to balance the budget, bring improvements and new business to Fox Lake and always put "what's best for Fox Lake" first. The "eleventh hour" letter sent to supporters of the Focused on Fox Lake Party signed by members of the Common Sense Party in the last election insinuating they might have been intimidated or harassed into such support has brought Fox Lake to a new low in campaigning.
Fox Lake has lost out on a number of chances to bring businesses to town because of the actions of a small percentage of its residents. One was when a petition against a TIF district for a hotel and water park caused the developer to lose his financial backers who decided it would be better to invest their money elsewhere. The hotel and water park would have provided jobs, paid sales taxes to Fox Lake and been an asset to attract other businesses to the area.
A gas station would not have been the first choice for Route 12 and Grand Avenue had there been another business willing to take a chance on Fox Lake; although, for the first time, Grand Avenue between Route 12 and the railroad tracks is not flooded.
Hopefully, the new mayor and trustees will have a big enough magic wand to accomplish all they promised while campaigning, put on their "what's best for Fox Lake" hats and make decisions in the best interest of all the residents of Fox Lake not just a few.