Saturday, November 10, 2012
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush hung on to his 1st Congressional District seat for another two years, but did his new constituents south and southwest of city get behind him in the election?
Democrat Bobby Rush will continue to serve as the 1st Congressional Representative, even after redistricting included more municipalities further from Chicago. But most of the townships where his new constituents live did not vote for him. Don Peloquin, the mayor of Blue Island who ran against Rush as a Republican, won all but two of the suburban Cook County and Will County townships, including many of the new areas now included in the 1st District. Only Calumet and Thornton townships placed more votes for Rush in suburban Cook County and Will County. Chicago precincts were a different story, with Rush receiving 181,032 votes compared to 6,574 votes for Peloquin. Here are the vote counts from suburban Cook and Will counties, and by …
Friday, November 9, 2012
More than 60 Lincoln-Way North High School students gathered at the school Tuesday night to track election results and witness history in the making.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
South suburban Patch editors published updates and photos from their communities throughout the day Tuesday. Read the transcript to see what went down at polling precincts across the Southland.
Editor's Note: The following is the live blog that ran Tuesday, Nov. 6. You can read the transcript for a look at the updates and photos from Patch editors. Beginning at 10 a.m., Patch will be live-blogging what's happening as voters cast their ballots in the south suburbs, from precincts to parties. At Patch, Election Day isn't just about waiting for results to roll in. Your local editors will be updating this blog throughout the day, posting photos and stories from Southland polling places. Of course, when the polls close at 7 p.m., editors will be monitoring the vote tallies for all the races that matter most to you. The live-blog is also where you can share your thoughts and experiences on Election Day. Tell us what voter turnout is …
How Will County voted for county board seats, county positions and state and national races.
Circuit Clerk: Incumbent and Democrat Pam McGuire was re-elected, taking in 139,036 votes. Her opponent, Republican Marlene Carlson received 101,947 votes. Recorder of Deeds: It was a close race all night for this county position. Republican challenger Laurie McPhillips held the position before current Recorder Karen A. Stukel. Stukel, a Democrat, was re-elected with 125,140 votes. McPhillips earned 114,912 votes. Auditor: This one was also close. Incumbent and Democrat Duffy Blackburn was narrowly re-elected over Republican challenger Mark Batinick. Blackburn had 120,684 votes; Batinick received 113,414 votes. Coroner: In one of the most commanding leads of a county seat, incumbent and Democrat Patrick K. O'Neil led Republican …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Within the redrawn 1st Congressional District, Bobby Rush will keep his seat for two more years as suburban voters weren't enough to propel Don Peloquin to a win.
Bobby Rush will continue to represent the 1st Congressional District of Illinois on Capitol Hill after winning his 11th term Tuesday. As of 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, Rush took in 212,661 votes, compared to 70,903 votes for challenger Don Peloquin, who campaigned as the Republican nominee for the seat. The count was with 582 of 617 precincts reporting from Suburban Cook County, Will County and Chicago. The new 1st Congressional District now holds a northeast boundary just around Chicago’s Bronzeville community, continuing near the Dan Ryan and along I-57, before cutting west, including towns south of I-80, before ending at rural Elwood at its farthest southwest point. The district includes Chicago neighborhoods, such as Hyde Park, Washington Park…
A 21-year-old south suburban woman found time to vote in her first presidential election, even as her baby was beginning to make its way into the world.
OUTSIDE CHICAGO, IL -- The contractions were coming five minutes apart, her water had broken—but a local woman took a detour while en route to deliver her first child, a daughter. Galicia Malone, 21, popped into Precinct 88 around 8:30 a.m., to cast her vote at the aptly named New Life Celebration Church, in south suburban Dolton. “I never voted before so this made a major difference in my life,” Malone told a WBBM reporter, as quoted by CBS. “And I wanted this to be a stepping-stone for my daughter.” As she worked her way through the ballot, her contractions increased in frequency and intensity. “I was just trying to read and breathe, read and breathe,” she told the reporter. “That’s what I kept telling myself, ‘Read and breathe, read …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Blue Island Mayor Don Peloquin, who is the Republican candidate in the 1st Congressional District Race against incumbent Democrat Bobby Rush, shared his views on ways to simplify taxes and bolster local business.
Don Peloquin, Blue Island mayor and Republican candidate for the 1st Congressional District, believes the redrawn district can build off of the resources already here to grow the local economy. He is for smaller government and a simplified tax code for all Americans. Democrat incumbent Bobby Rush, Peloquin's opponent in the race, has not answered Patch's request for an interview. Read more about Peloquin's views on several issues including health care, the economy and others in our Patch Questionnaire. Read Rush's answers to our questionnaire. Looking for other 1st District race stories?
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki says he's endorsing Michael Hastings in the 19th District State Senate race because he believes the Democrat is the best candidate for the village.
- Joe Vince
Thursday, October 25, 2012
When Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki made the decision to endorse candidates in November's election, his criterion was straightforward. "I look at what person is going to have the best potential to do the most for our community," Zabrocki, a Republican, said this week. READ: Check Out the Bios and Backgrounds of the 2 Candidates in the 19th District It's that guiding principle that led the mayor recently to cross party lines and back Democrat Michael Hastings in the 19th District State Senate race. Calling Hastings "a young, dynamic individual," Zabrocki said he thinks the candidate has the right skills to help the General Assembly solve the state's financial problems. "That doesn't mean I think his opponent is a bad person," Zabrocki said …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Heads of Tinley Park, Frankfort and Mokena endorsed Don Peloquin, the 1st Congressional District Republican candidate. Orland Park and New Lenox mayors aren’t endorsing Peloquin, but also haven’t gotten behind Democrat incumbent Bobby Rush either.
Three south suburban mayors have vocally put their support behind Blue Island Mayor Don Peloquin, the Republican candidate for what will be the new 1st Congressional District after the Nov. 6 election. Frankfort Mayor Jim Holland and Mokena Mayor Joe Werner have recorded robo calls expressing their support for Peloquin that have been sent within their towns. Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki is scheduled to do the same. All three cited familiarity with Peloquin’s efforts in Blue Island during his 27 years as mayor, and as an area funeral home director, as main reasons for supporting him. Holland said he agrees with Peloquin’s fiscally conservative plans and views. “Don is someone who believes less government is better than more government,” …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Patch surveyed local Democrats and Republicans about the impact of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan's selection as Mitt Romney's GOP running mate.