"Four Democrats are competing to replace departing Rep. Al Riley, D-Olympia Fields, in this Southland district. Each would make a fine representative. But we were most impressed with Cecil Matthews Jr., of Matteson, finance supervisor at a downtown law firm. Matthews is open to school choice; the district is home to one of the state’s most successful suburban charter schools. He wouldn’t be beholden to House Speaker Michael Madigan — he is financing his own campaign. Also running are Max Solomon, of Hazel Crest, a contemplative adjunct professor well-versed on pensions and property taxes; Debbie Meyers-Martin, an ambitious and experienced former mayor of Olympia Fields; and David Bonner, of Matteson, a whip-smart assistant state’s attorney and the party’s pick for the seat. But if Southland voters want an independent voice, Matthews is it. He is endorsed."