If their behavior is any indication, DuPage Republicans such as Forest Preserve Commissioner Joe Cantore would just as soon the general public didn't know they exist. Their job is to be rubber stamps to people like "D." Dewey Pierotti, for which they're paid handsomely out of our money.

But every few years, these guys have to run for re-election, which requires them do a certain amount of going out and meeting the public.

So, I happened to run into good old Joe at the Villa Park Metra station this morning as he was handing out campaign flyers for himself and County Board member Jeff Redick. Our brief conversation went roughly something like this:

JOE: Have you been to the forest preserves?

ME: Yeah. Say, I saw in the papers recently how the forest preserve president has declared the preserves off-limits to signs with candidates' names on them. Yet "D." Dewey Pierotti's own name is on big signs in every preserve.

JOE: Yeah, that is a little odd.

ME: But you're a commissioner. Wouldn't you be able to do something about that?

JOE: Um, yeah, well, I do try to take a stand, but when it's about saving money.

ME: But not putting up all those signs would've saved money.

JOE: I talked to people about it.

ME: [Thinks: Sure you did, Joe.]

JOE: But nothing came of it. It just fell on deaf ears.

ME: Then maybe we need some new ears.

Thanks, Joe, for giving us good reasons to vote for Dennis Clark and Hilary Denk.