Busy Beaver Button Company is located at 3279 W. Armitage in Chicago. Christen and Joel Carter are co-owners of the company and the museum. Monday, September 15, 2014. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times Media
Beyond the voters and candidates, the pundits and public relations people, there’s another group that lives for election season: button collectors. The collectors’ quarry doesn’t have much monetary value, but it can reveal voter excitement — or the absence of it. It’s slim pickings this year for Illinois collectors, despite a race for governor and Chicago mayor.