PEORIA, IL -- The nonpartisan race for three open seats on the Illinois Central College board has attracted eight candidates.
They seemed sane and qualified at a March 30 candidate forum, though only five of the candidates appeared.
The Journal Star recently did a thorough piece on all the candidates and their backgrounds.
Here is a recording of the forum begun about 30 seconds late with Rachel Reliford.
Those at the forum were right to left below, Rachel Reliford, Patti Polk, Rhonda Guyton, Carl Cannon and Angelito Capati. Photo by Al Harkrader.
Cannon was a standout when he raised a controversial issue, full time faculty. He is opposed to letting them go, to be replaced by part time faculty members. Full time staff create the culture of higher education, he said. "I don't want to see a reduction."
Cannon also said "leadership" was an important quality for ICC board members. He led by attacking this issue.
All the candidates talked about their important qualities to contribute to the board. All opposed property tax increases and indicated they didn't want to see tuition increases either. All said they would not close the Pekin facility, when asked that question.
Some discussed how the community college helped them overcome lives of poverty and aim for higher education. "It's a bridge, a chance to change course. A chance to dream," Cannon said.
Since I have not seen all these candidates in person I won't endorse any. All looked fine.
-- Elaine Hopkins