Posts tagged "Republicans"

Your Vote, Your Community, Their Answers: Danny Davis vs. Rita Zak

Your Vote, Your Community, Their Answers: Danny Davis vs. Rita Zak
The 7th district includes the suburban neighborhood of Oak Park, which is known for its Frank Lloyd Wright buildings and stately homes. But Oak Park, and many other communities in the 7th district, also have low-income residents whose needs include affordable housing and employment. In this series we’ve been talking to politicians about issues surrounding... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Chicagoland foreclosures spike; public grumbing over River Point TIF; Quinn says pension costs could surpass state's education spending

Chicago-area foreclosures in July were 37 per cent higher than they were a year ago. Citing RealtyTrac data released Thursday, The Chicago Tribune reported that 11,885 homes in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties were in some stage of foreclosure last month: 5,374 entered the foreclosure process; 3,274 were scheduled for a... Read more »

Asian Americans push for greater political clout in Illinois, nationally

Asian Americans push for greater political clout in Illinois, nationally
It’s high time the Asian American community had a stronger political voice, locally and nationally, said a number of advocates working to make the group more politically significant this election cycle. During a news conference call early this week, a national pollster and several activists discussed the results of national and statewide polls that indicate... Read more »
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Race, poverty and politics: Rep. Smith's saga moves to penalty phase; North Side schools get most CPS TIF money; city OKs $12M in protest settlements

Things aren’t getting any easier for indicted 10th District state Rep. Derrick Smith. On Wednesday, the House Special Investigating Committee, tasked with looking into accusations Smith took a $7,000 bribe, found there were sufficient reasons to punish him, and asked a new committee be formed to decide what that punishment should be. So now a... Read more »

Illinois recall law much tougher than Wisconsin's to oust governor

Illinois recall law much tougher than Wisconsin's to oust governor
Wisconsin voters Blitzkrieged the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in a recall election won by incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker over challenger Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. The special election came compliments of pissed off pro-labor and progressive activists, who gathered more than 900,000 signatures supporting Walker’s recall — when only about 540,000 were needed... Read more »

Elections 2012: They love ya 'til they don't; lame-duck session ahead in Springfield

Elections 2012: They love ya 'til they don't; lame-duck session ahead in Springfield
Here’s a roundup of election and political news that had us folks at The Chicago Reporter talking this week: • Derrick Smith might have swept the floor with challenger Tom Swiss in the Democratic primary for 10th District state representative, but he’s probably not doing much celebrating. That’s because the West Side legislator’s star has... Read more »
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Elections 2012: The week in review

Elections 2012: The week in review
Here’s a roundup of election news that was on The Chicago Reporter’s political radar this week: This election cycle, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s camp finds itself doing something it usually doesn’t have to do: campaign. This week, Madigan’s staff sent out a jokey campaign flier attacking prison-bound former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, whose impeachment was... Read more »

Elections 2012: The week in review

Here’s a roundup of election news that was on The Chicago Reporter’s political radar this week: As if 2nd District Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. doesn’t have enough to worry about with the tough primary race he’s in, there’s now a Super PAC that’s reportedly committed to his political demise. The Texas-based Campaign for Primary... Read more »

Illinois' electoral map: Not so blue these days

Democrat Pat Quinn narrowly escapes a strong challenge from Republican Bill Brady due mostly to an overwhelming victory in Cook County. But Quinn won just two counties outside of Cook.
On Election Night last week, I saw a Twitter post that described Illinois’ electoral map as an island of blue surrounded by a sea of red–a reference to a blue Cook County and red pretty much everywhere else in Illinois. And that map has been in the making for several years. Since 2004, the Democrats... Read more »
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News Roundup: Quinn slightly ahead of Brady

In the Illinois gubernatorial race, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn remains slightly ahead of GOP challenger Sen. Bill Brady with 99 percent of the precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press. The candidates are split by 8,300 votes, with Quinn holding 46.5 percent and Brady 46.3 percent. Last night Quinn told supporters that, although all the votes... Read more »