Newly sworn state Sen. Tom Rooney is gearing up for the rough and tumble world of Springfield politics.
What better way to prepare than presiding over a grade school?
Rooney, who's also still serving as Rolling Meadows' mayor, acted as principal for the day Tuesday at Olive-Stitt Elementary School in Arlington Heights.
Among his duties were greeting students as they arrived for classes, leading the school in the Pledge of Allegiance, taking part in a student discussion on elections and politics, and helping out with a physical education class.
Rooney was sworn in last month to fill the 27th Senate District seat left vacant by the Sept. 15 resignation of Matt Murphy, a Palatine Republican who left the state legislature to work with Mac Strategies Group, a public affairs and lobbying firm. The 27th District includes parts of Arlington Heights, Barrington, Buffalo Grove, Inverness, Palatine, Wheeling, Prospect Heights and South Barrington.