Jobs, transportation, education — and the need to make sure the Southland's issues get a fair hearing in government — were front and center in a weekend open forum for primary candidates.
Hosted by Team HOPE and the Democratic Women of the South Suburbs in Hazel Crest, Southland residents heard several candidates for state and federal office speak Saturday.
In the 2nd congressional district primary, challenger Debbie Halvorson questioned U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s ability to get things done. Jackson, in turn, touted his efforts on behalf of the third airport project. Patch towns in this district include Homewood, Flossmoor, Chicago Heights and Olympia Fields.
In the primary for 19th State Senate District, Tinley Park Village trustee Greg Hannon squared off against Mike Hastings from Orland Hills in a bid to succeed State Sen. Maggie Crotty, who's not seeking re-election. The Patch towns in the district include Orland Park, Tinley Park, Oak Forest, Frankfort, Mokena and New Lenox.
Candidates for the 15th State Senate District — Donna Miller, Napoleon Harris and Pat Mahon — said they were dedicated to making sure the south suburbs received equal resources in healthcare, transportation and education. The Patch towns in the district include parts of Homewood and Oak Forest.
Clifton Graham, Jr. faces incumbent Al Riley in the Democratic primary for the 38th State House District seat. The Patch towns in the district include parts of Tinley Park and Oak Forest.
Each candidate spoke for 10 to 15 minutes. You will find the candidate's entire presentation this coming week on your local Patch site.