What a wonderful evening last night. Sorry it was so crowded, but at least it looked like everyone was having a good time. And for political people watching, it was a great crowd: Sens Susan Garrett and Bill Brady, Don Harmon and Kirk Dillard; Reps Jim Durkin and Julie Hamos, former Gov. Jim Edgar and former Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch; Senate Republican Leader Frank Watson and Chicago Ald. Manny Flores; Alexi Giannoulias and Stu Umholtz, Rep. Elaine Nekritz and Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica. I’m sure I’m forgetting some people, but that’s who I talked with.
Thanks to everybody who helped us to gather the campaign ads for the film festival and especially to Aaron Freeman, who explained them all to us. Thanks to Mike Lawrence, Newt Minow and the Peoria Journal-Star for doing so much work worthy of tribute. Thanks to our host committee, and to everybody who came. We’ll post pictures to the website as soon as we figure out how to get them off the camera.