One of the best unions in Illinois is a no-nonsense local located in Lake County. According to a source that wants to remain unknown, answered a few questions. I asked, “If I had a friend that was a laborer and I wanted to get a Journeyman’s Plumbers Card for this person, who would I pay off”? I also asked, “If I know a powerful politician, who would I have him (her) call to get a Journeyman Plumbers Card”? I also asked, “If I work the precincts real hard for the politicians, could I get a Plumber’s Licence”? He answered, “The Plumber protects the heath of the Nation, you must serve a formal five year apprenticeship and learn the honorable toil, no exceptions, period” Well, I respect that and was going to ask if they employ “Caulkers (D-Tomczak)”, but I know a great Union Local when I see one. Photo by AP. Patrick McDonough.