Public involvement is key to reform “I’m just one person; what can I do?”
That’s a common refrain among citizens these days, especially in a state with such intractable economic and political problems as Illinois.
It doesn’t have to be that way. Never did, really. Newspapers are constantly filled with the stories of individuals who stepped up to make a difference — take Erin Merryn, for instance, the 27-year-old Schaumburg woman who was recognized earlier this month for her continuing efforts to export Illinois’ anti-sexual abuse legislation that bears her name to all 50 states.