Top of the Morning, Nov. 4, 2018

Top of the Morning, Nov. 4, 2018

On Tuesday morning, Betty Johnson will walk from her apartment to the lobby at Urbana's Clark-Lindsey Village and vote.

Then, the 101-year-old said, she might call it a day.

"It takes all my energy just to get up to the dining room," she said.

Don't believe Betty for a second. In her 18th year as one of Clark-Lindsey's resident rascals, she has the pizazz of someone half her age. My guess is her head won't hit the pillow until the final results are tabulated.

She credits Franklin Roosevelt for sparking her devotion to doing her civic duty, his National Youth Administration allowing Betty to continue her education upon high school graduation in Rockford in 1934.

"He changed my life," she said. "He set a path for me."

Who's her second-favorite president?

"I was so proud when Obama got elected," she said.

An unabashed Democrat, Betty isn't a fan of the current president: "Its important to get someone in office who knows how to govern," she said.

The next presidential election is Nov. 3, 2020, too far away to think much about. "I don't count years anymore," Betty said, "I count months and days."

Count on this: There aren't many voters in these parts older — or as determined — as Betty.

"When I get up in the morning," she said, "I feel I have to have a cause.

"I feel so much has been given to me, I have a duty to give back in some way."

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