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2017 Kane County Chronicle Best of the Fox

Letter: Let there be heat

Published: Thursday, March 16, 2017 11:43 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I would like to publicly thank Kane County Chairman Chris Lauzen for his help in getting the LaFox Metra Station commuters a heater.

As a commuter, I've been begging Metra via surveys and direct emails for a heater in the center track shelter for many years. With every ticket hike Metra touts the upgrades to other stations closer in to the city but nothing about LaFox, where we already pay some of the highest ticket prices.

I wasn't asking for the sauna-like heat that stations like Geneva or Itasca have in their stations. You could bake muffins in there it's so hot. Neither was I asking for a coffee stand like the one at Winfield. That lady must get up REALLY early. All I wanted was something to make it a little more tolerable than the Siberian wind tunnel we normally have.

Each county served by Metra has at least one representative on the board. It turns out the Kane County Metra board member is hired by the Kane County chairman, Chris Lauzen. I didn't know the Metra board member, but I did talk to Mr. Lauzen in the past. I knew he'd be responsive, just like he was as a state senator, and he's a genuinely nice guy. Unlike many elected officials in Chicagoland, particularly in "Crook" County, all Mr. Lauzen has ever gotten from me is my one vote and a thank you, and he didn't even ask me for those. True to form after hearing my request, Mr. Lauzen took action, and in short order we had heat.  

So, to my fellow LaFox Metra riders, if you find yourself a little chilled while you wait for your train on the center track at LaFox, reach over and press that orange button and thank Chris Lauzen, the most responsive elected official I've ever known in 30-plus years as a voter.  

Ken Weinberg

Geneva

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