Are any of you an elected official? What office and what party? Are you the son/daughter/SO/distant relative/friend of an elected official?
Here are my connections:
My grandparents were friends of a couple in another town just down the road. The man in that relationship was the mayor of that town (Petersburg, IL) for many many many years. It was mostly an honorary position, but once, when talk of a dam on the Sangamon river surfaced, “Pete” had some choice things to say to about it and got himself in the news. He was a Republican.
A friend of mine from college works in a law firm where one of the senior partners is Jim Thompson, former Republican governor of Illinois.
When I was a kid, I was walking downtown past the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield, IL when I saw two Secret-Service looking guys with a young (10-ish) girl between them. Later I deduced that she was then-Governor Thompson’s daughter.
And I once shook then-Governor Thompson’s hand at the Illinois State Fair. I was 14-ish.
So, who on this board has better connections?