Hanover Township (four open seats)
A nearly hopeless cesspool, Hanover Township has come to epitomize Cook County waste and corruption. Partly because relatively few know or care about this obsolete layer of government and partly because many others have been turned off by the hyper-political rancor characterizing Brian McGuire’s tenure as Supervisor, almost all of the elected officials are running unopposed.
Indeed, only one trustee candidate is not part of the problem, newcomer Nazneen Hashmi of Streamwood. A respected IT professional and reliable Community Relations Commissioner for the Village of Streamwood, Hashmi would be a breath of fresh (and honest) air inside the walls of McGuire’s good ole’ boys club. She is a certified and highly dedicated domestic violence advocate and has mentored countless professionals working in the nonprofit sector. In other words, Hashmi is all about giving back to her community rather than taking from it—which again sharply distinguishes her from the current leadership in Hanover Township.
Hashmi, however, lacks the army of patronage workers and big political money at the disposal of the incumbents who are running as a slate under McGuire’s guidance. Thus, it becomes vitally important that Hashmi not only gets votes, but that those votes have the maximum weight. So, even though voters may cast their ballots for up to four trustee candidates, we urge everyone to vote only for Hashmi to boost her chances of prevailing against the Machine’s slate of four—which will elect at least three candidates no matter what.
If Hashmi is elected, McGuire and company will be hampered in their ability to make backroom deals without witnesses. They will be held more accountable, and we will have some hope of eventually seeing ethical and responsible government restored to Hanover Township.
Hashmi is endorsed.