In years past, Illinois's primary took place in March, by which point the presumptive nominee had usually sealed the deal, so the presidential candidates largely ignored the state and there was no compelling reason to vote for any of them.
This year, Illinois is part of the new Super Tuesday on February 5, so I figured that we'd finally become a campaign hotspot. And? No. No, not this year, either.
The mailbox is filled with glossy self-mailers touting assorted candidates for the judiciary, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (sewers!), and state and county offices. During the local news, each commercial break bombards us with political ads. A few phone calls have come in for judges.
But the presidential candidates have been largely absent. Not a one of them is wooing me. Darn it, I wanted to be wooed! I wanted my turn in the Iowa sun! Alas, it was not to be. Clinton and the others (now down to Mike Gravel) may be ceding the state to Obama, but I don't think McCain, Romney, Huckabee, et al., have bothered with Illinois, either. Pooh.