Spread The Word!
The best way to help the 6th district get the representation it deserves is to spread the word about Sean Casten’s campaign and the ways that Peter Roskam and Donald Trump have failed the district.
In addition to talking to your neighbors and friends and volunteering with the campaign, you can make your voice heard by submitting letters to the editor and op-ed pieces to your local newspapers.
The publication process varies from paper to paper, but these tips will help you maximize the chances that your submission will be published wherever you choose to submit it.
Letters to the Editor: Writing a letter to the editor is a great way to share your thoughts on a recent event, news story, or a previously-published letter.
- Write about the things that matter to you. Your letter will be most effective when it expresses your view on a subject you care deeply about.
- Pick the one idea that you feel is most important, and focus your letter on getting that idea across. Letters that jump between topics are less effective and less likely to be published.
- Keep your sentences short and direct. This makes it less likely that your letter will be edited heavily before publication.
Op-Ed Pieces: If you have deep expertise in an area or an interesting personal story to tell, consider submitting an op-ed piece. Op-eds are usually longer than letters to the editor, and don’t necessarily need to relate to an earlier news story or letter.
When writing an op-ed piece, it’s important to support your views with facts and evidence, but it’s even more important to express your opinion in a memorable way.
Take Advantage of Social Media: Amplify your voice by using your accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks to share your thoughts on the political issues that matter most to you. Share and retweet posts from Sean and the Casten for Congress campaign, as well as links to important news stories and blog posts.
Letter and Op-Ed Submission Guidelines
For Tribune suburban editions, submit letters to firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters must be under 250 words and include your name, city, state, and phone number.
Submit Op-Ed pieces to email@example.com. Op-Ed articles must be between 500-600 words and include your name, address, phone number(s) and qualifications to write on the subject (usually professional credentials or a personal experience).
Op-ed pieces should be submitted to Tom McNamee, Editorial Page Editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Op-eds should be less than 600 words and include your name, address, and phone number.
Daily Herald: Submit letters to the editor via email to email@example.com. Letters must be under 300 words and include your name, city, state, and phone number.
Submit op-eds via email to Jim Slusher, Deputy Managing Editor/Opinion, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Op-eds should be less than 600 words and include your name, address, and phone number.
Kane County Chronicle: Submit letters to the editor online here. Letters must be under 400 words and include your name, city, state, and phone number.
Lombardian/Villa Park Review: Submit letters via email to email@example.com. Letters must be under 500 words and include your name, city, state, and phone number.
The Hinsdalean: Submit letters via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters must be under 250 words and include your name, address, and phone number.
Patch: You can submit opinion pieces by registering online and submitting an article to the “Local Voices” section of your Patch. Use this page to find the Patch for your area.
Looking for Ideas?
If you want to write a letter but are having trouble choosing a topic or finding details to support your view, here are a few tips to help you get started.
- Read through the recent letters published by your local papers. If you see a letter that you have a strong reaction to (positive or negative), consider writing a response to it.
- If you want to raise awareness about Sean’s campaign, read through his positions on key issues that affect the 6th district, and choose one that you feel a personal connection to.
- Want to point out the ways that Peter Roskam has voted to promote Donald Trump’s agenda rather than the best interests of the 6th district? You can find details on Roskam’s voting record at fivethirtyeight.com and govtrack.us.