-By Warner Todd Huston
The 2012 elections in Illinois was brutal to the GOP. Republicans lost seats both in Washington and in Springfield. This election shows that the Illinois GOP is non-existent. Completely useless in every respect.
Here are some of the results that affect the immediate Chicago area.
Federal House of Representatives
All our Democrat Congressmen got re-elected here in the worst state in the union. Worse, four Republican Congressmen were defeated. We are down to six Republican Congressmen, now. 2010 this wasn't.
Bright spots: Peter Roskam (6th District) won re-election. So did Adam Kinzinger (16th) and Randy Hultgren (14th). An open seat looks like it stayed Republican with Rodney Davis winning a sparse majority in the 13th (Democrat Gill is ruminating a recount, but has yet to demand one).
But we lost Joe Walsh (8th), Robert Dold (10th), Judy Biggert (11th), and Boby Schilling (17th).
That leaves us with the following Republicans in Congress:
6th: Peter Roskam
13th: Rodney Davis (maybe a recount coming?)
14th: Randy Hultgren
15th: John Shimkus
16th: Adam Kinzinger
18th: Aaron Schock
Illinois State House
Republicans didn't do so well in the State House races, either.
One bright spot was that David McSweeney beat the liar Dee Beaubien in the 52nd District. Another was that Tom Morrison got re-elected in the 54th.
Another good thing is that Republican Skip Saviano lost his long-time 77th District seat. Yes, I said that is a good thing. Saviano has pretended to be a Republican for far too long. He never votes with the GOP and has been for years in the back pocket of the Illinois Democrat Party. Saviano has been lying claiming to be a Republican for long enough. At last his district is represented by an honest Democrat -- well, let me restate that. District 77 is now represented by a Democrat that isn't lying and claiming she's a Republican.
Now, the disgusting thing is that for many of the Democrat seats, the Illinois GOP didn't even bother to offer a candidate. You can't win if you don't run, folks!
But, in all, the GOP lost seats in Springfield.
Illinois State Senate
Jim Oberweis finally won a spot in Springfield. He's run for office for well over a decade and never won anything. He is now, at long last, the State Senator for the 25th District. That isn't a GOP pickup, though. Just a hold. Republicans Kirk Dillard (24th), Dan Duffy (26th) and Matt murphy (27th) won reelection, too. Kyle McCarter also won in the 54th.
Otherwise, it was a dismal outcome for the state legislature.
The Illinois Public Pension Amendment did not win. This was a sham amendment offered by Democrats that wouldn't have helped at all. It needed 60% to pass but didn't reach that threshold.
Dan Patlak won his seat once again on the Cook County Board of Review, that's a good thing. But it was the only bright spot for the night.
Chris Lauzen won his bid to be elected as the Chairman of the Kane County Board. He won pretty handily, too.
In all, Illinois became even bluer than it was before. This will hasten the destruction of the state.
Another thing this election proved. It proved that the News Media really CAN program an election.