There are just three hours remaining in the 24-year aldermanic reign of Helen Shiller, and some sentiments we learned from Dr. Seuss (in The Zax) come to mind.
I’ll stay here, not budging! I can and I will
If it makes you and me and the whole world stand still!”
Of course the world didn’t stand still. The world grew.
Ald. Shiller, we wish you a happy retirement. We wish you fewer worries, and more time to do whatever you want as you reenter a world you left in 1987, one where you're a private citizen and not the governmental voice of 45,000 people.
For better or worse (and there are strong arguments on both sides), you ferociously stuck by what you believed in and, like the Zax, compromise wasn't in your vocabulary. You left your stamp on Uptown, the 46th Ward, and even on Uptown Update. Time to pass the baton, put your feet up and enjoy being one of us again.