Early voting is a wonderful thing - you choose when you want to vote. No long lines and the timing is on your schedule. Voters in some states don't have this option. You can see a sample ballot from your precinct before entering the voting booth by going on the County Clerk's page on the County Website http://www.co.mchenry.il.us/departments/countyclerk/Pages/index.aspx . You can research your candidates before voting. The voting booth is not the place for surprises!
After voting early we went to the proposed National Wildlife presentation - it was more like a display. There were a few US Fish & Wildlife Service personnel present for questions, but no actual presentation or video. Just maps and literature. The maps were very confusing and may have led people in the wrong direction. All the maps showed an outline of the STUDY area which included about a third of McHenry County - the northeast third. The goal of the proposed Hackmatack Wildlife Refuge is to connect already existing parcels of conservation areas set aside by local, county and state agencies. Simple enough, but that information is buried in the literature. A poster with that thought and a few bullet points would have gone a long way to ease people's fears about the government taking their house and property. The process to acquire the connecting corridors could take 5-10 years or more.
Having a visual outline of how this was done in other communities would have helped as well.