Chicago Tribune Endorses LaPointe

This state has more than 6,900 units of government, more than any other state. Incumbent Democrat Lindsey LaPointe sees the folly in that and wants to tackle consolidation — of local government, pension funds and school districts. She also is one of a handful of Democrats who have called on Michael Madigan, linked to a federal corruption investigation, to step down from his roles as Illinois House speaker and state Democratic Party chairman. Her opponents in this race: Republican Jeff Muehlfelder, a Chicago police detective who wants to get tougher on crime and help small business owners, and Libertarian candidate Joseph Schreiner. We’re going with LaPointe this time.