It's the topic of every town hall, talk radio and political blog in Illinois - the state's hopeless financial mess. Some get frustrated and tune out, others rant and rave, but there's some that have decided there's few things more challenging in which to invest energy and talent to find creative solutions.
Among the next generation of Chicago area taxpayers is a few that are stepping up to have a voice in how their local governments spend their hard-earned dollars - especially in southwest suburban Tinley Park and in northwest suburban Bartlett.
Lucas Hawley is conducting a write-in effort in his first bid for Tinley Park's District Park Commission in upcoming April 4th municipal election. He's endorsed by former Tinley Park's Park District Board President Brian Younker as well as other elected officials.
He's a native of Tinley Park and has been been involved in local government for the past seven years. Hawley says he's a "concerned citizen that is passionate about the future of Tinley Park" and plans to continue serving his neighbors "to keep Tinley Park a great place to live."
Kevin Suggs will also be on Tinley Park's April 4th ballot running for the village's board of trustees. Suggs is part of the Tinley First slate, which includes Dave Seaman for mayor, Pat Rea for city clerk and Jeff Ficaro, Mark Moylan and Suggs.