After the Election, Patch Writer Asks Around About Integrity

Candidate and Community members weigh in on integrity.

I heard on election night that only around 10% of the registered voters in Will County actually voted. That saddens me because I find it to be wasteful and apathetic. So I asked people why they didn’t vote. Many had decent answers/excuses, some are just fed up with politics in general and some just don’t care. I am fairly certain, however, that all of the folks who neglected to vote will have issues or concerns within their community at some point in the future.

I ask a lot of questions, its part of the reason I became a writer – I’m naturally curious about all sorts of things so it was a logical fit.

Having worked in the political arena in some form or fashion over the past 10 years I have collected a lot of useful information by asking questions; and as a means of working with politicians in any capacity – I highly recommend it.

The one that I always ask of any candidate or elected official in my path is “How do you define integrity?” It’s important to question things, and when it comes to local government, it’s a good way to get to know people and to find out what’s important to them and how that impacts our communities.  

Since we are coming out of an election cycle, I have spent a lot of time discussing integrity; both with candidates and community members.  Their thoughts on the subject are as follows:

Dennis Martin, of Minooka, Contractor and Village Trustee Elect

“Integrity comes from having an integrated personality where you’re the same no matter the circumstances; someone who is consistent, and considerate of all people.”

Hon J. Jeff Allen, Shorewood, Will County Circuit Judge

“Integrity is doing what is right, even when others disagree"

Frank Andreano, of Minooka, Attorney, recent candidate for Minooka Village Board

 “Doing what you think is right… No one is doing this {running for public office} for the money - you just do what you think is right and let the chips fall where they may.”

Sam Bauc of Braidwood, Artist, Board of Directors – Three Rivers Arts Council

“Integrity is following through with what you believe in. We all have that inner voice inside of us that knows what is right,”


Don Moran, Romeoville, Union Business Rep., President, ISRA

“A Person exhibits integrity though these character traits: honesty, truthfulness, trustworthiness and courage. Much like respect must be earned, integrity is a quality that is not automatically bestowed upon someone by their peers; it must be a way of life.

"When a person loses their integrity, they must also expect to lose the respect of others and redemption can and should be a long and arduous task. Some may wonder why I included courage in the traits necessary to show integrity. I feel that in order for people to have integrity they must also have the courage to admit when they are wrong.”

Jeremy Ly of Minooka, Educator, Grundy County Board Member, JJC Career Cruising Specialist

“Integrity is doing the right thing even when it’s hard or difficult.”

Tom Banas, of Joliet, Master Patrol Officer– Joliet Police Department

“Integrity is doing the right thing even when it’s easier to do the wrong thing, and doing the right thing when no one else would even know that you are doing the right thing.”

It was Ghandi who said “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

It translates nicely even today as we remember is our civic responsibility not only to vote, but for citizens and elected officials alike to stay informed and keep the important dialogues going, even more so now that campaign season is over. I encourage you all to stay in touch with your leaders, get to know them, ask them questions… you might be pleasantly surprised.

We want our leaders to have integrity. Ideally we elect them based on their word and our belief that they will make well informed choices on behalf of the communities they serve. I wish the best to all of our newly elected officials and hope that they will do their best to make the right decisions. Even when no one is looking.

Vanessa Holloway April 15, 2011 at 07:20 PM
Great article Dulci.
Dulcinea Hawksworth April 17, 2011 at 09:38 AM


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