Hear Daily Herald opinion editor Jim Slusher speak on election reform at free, online program

League of Women Voters to host free, online program

Cantigny Park in Wheaton and the League of Women Voters invite the community to their next Civic Awareness Series program Thursday, Feb. 9. Jim Slusher from the Daily Herald Editorial Board will lead a discussion about ideas for election reform.

The free online program will be conducted at 7 p.m. via Zoom. To receive a link, register at

Recently, the Daily Herald ran a series of editorials focusing on a variety of election issues that have not gotten much attention in the news or public policy discussions in Illinois. The goal was to spark discussion and consider the ways voters select candidates and make decisions through the ballot box.

In separate editorials, the editorial board considered the merits of a growing trend toward ranked choice voting; reflected on the way in which we choose judges - from local circuit courts to the U.S. Supreme Court; appealed for more information to help cover local and federal candidates; reviewed the processes for helping voters understand referendum questions; and emphasized the importance of convenient access to the polls for voters.

Join a discussion about possible reforms that have not been examined closely and could perhaps lead to restored faith in our elections.

Jim Slusher, Assistant Managing Editor for Opinion and Administration, oversees the Daily Herald's editorial writing, selection of syndicated columns, and cartoons and letters to the editor for the Opinion Page.

Working with an editorial board made up of top editors in the Herald newsroom, he helps shape the newspaper's voice on subjects of interest to suburban readers, while seeking to present an engaging mix of opinions on broad social and political topics along with a forum for readers to present their views on whatever topics they consider important.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy and does not support or oppose any political parties or candidates. Learn more at

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Some election issues that need more attention

Toward fairness, faith in our elections Leaders, voters should be exploring how ranked choice voting can work in Illinois

Just an email address How requiring candidates to submit an email address could help democracy

All you need to know about that referendum

Election integrity Instead of voter suppression, advocates of honest elections ought to examine real threats to democracy

Reforms revisited Two prior reforms seem to have weakened rather local and statewide decision making

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