Doubtless by now, you’ve all seen the picture with the caption, “Illinois District’s Newest Chapter” on the homepage of the District website. That newest chapter is made up of two of the District’s oldest Chapters, Joliet (1945 and 1955) and South Cook (1948), now merged into a single Will-Cook Chapter.
In a rare display of political compromise, the Democratic governor of Illinois and the Republican mayor of the state capital set partisan differences aside. And it was barbershop that led to this nearly miraculous cease-fire in the middle of a contentious election season.
At a Tuesday night rehearsal on August 28 in Belleville, Program VP Bob Cearnal had a great idea. One of the chapter’s members, Steve Martin, was looking for a time and place to “pop the question” to his girl friend.