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?
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Patch interviewed local business owners about Tuesday's presidential election results and what it might mean for the local business community.
President Obama easily won re-election on Tuesday, now he has the unenviable task of dealing with an impending “fiscal cliff” of mandatory budget cuts, tax increases and deficit reduction, and unemployment that remains stubbornly high. Connect with Patch: Evergreen Park / Beverly-Mt. Greenwood / Oak Lawn Locally, business owners in Oak Lawn, Evergreen Park and Beverly are hopeful the economy is on track but they have concerns. “I’m cautiously optimistic,” said John Appleton, owner of Red Wing Shoes at 3347 W. 95th St. in Evergreen Park. “The economy is a far greater picture than who the president is,” he said. “Problems in Europe affect us as the world economy is so intertwined.” “Unless there’s compromise between Obama and Congress over …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Bill Cunningham will move from the Illinois House to the Senate after grabbing more than 20,000 vote over his Republican opponent, according to unofficial numbers Tuesday night.
For the second time in as many years, Democrat Bill Cunningham appears to have defeated Republican challenger Barbara Bellar for a legislative seat downstate. For the 18th District Senate seat, Cunningham took in 55,121 votes, compared to Bellar's 31,741 votes, with 183 out of 192 precincts reporting, according to unofficial results. He currently is the 35th District State Representative. Cunningham thanked the voters, who he believes chose him because of his work in the 35th District. "A number of them were able to look at my record in Spring over the last two years and were pleased with what I did in the House," he said. Cunningham remained largely out of the media spotlight during the primary and general election. When asked by Patch, …
McCormick Place is filled with celebration as the race is called.
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Find out who won and by how much in all your local county and state races.
After what has seemed like an election years in the making, the results are finally rolling in. The above list gives you the results for all your local state and county races. The numbers were complied from the Cook County Clerk's Office and the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. Patch has been out and about all day covering area voting and providing updates as the results roll in. Check out our live blog to review all the day's action. Visit our election central page for more information on each candidate and links to all our election stories. Want to keep talking about the election? Like us on Facebook and get the latest local news sent free to your email: Evergreen Park Patch newsletter and Evergreen Park Patch on Facebook …
What will 2012 ballots in northern Illinois show about President Obama's support at home?
Updated at 3 a.m., Chicago time By Dennis Robaugh After NBC and CNN projected President Obama's re-election, the president sent a message shortly thereafter on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." Illinois, of course, was never in play. Our state's 20 electoral votes were stuck in the president's back pocket as far back as his inauguration in 2008. But in 2008's historic election, President Obama carried every collar county in northern Illinois. In 2012, the president narrowly lost out to Mitt Romney in Kane County, Kendall County and McHenry County, with 99 percent of precincts reporting. Voter turnout again was very strong. Local polling places even reported lines at 6 a.m. with voters waiting to get…
Find coverage of the various congressional matchups throughout the Patch network.
While many of northern Illinois' congressional races left little in the way of doubt, a few provided down-to-the-wire drama and competitiveness. Judy Biggert and Bill Foster were in a dead heat as Election Day approached, with Foster emerging victorious, according to unofficial totals. And Joe Walsh and Tammy Duckworth engaged in a bitter mudfest, with Walsh being tossed out by voters. Jesse Jackson Jr. didn't campaign at all, citing health issues, yet won-reelection, and Adam Kinzinger, Dan Lipinski, Danny Davis and Peter Roskam didn't feel they had to. Coverage of the various congressional races can be viewed throughout the Patch network.
Obama supporters from around the suburbs and the city of Chicago waited to see the president during an election night rally in McCormick Place.
Waiting for the president to arrive at McCormick Place on election night, supporter Ignacio Ayala of Plainfield said he hoped the night would bring some of the same excitement as the rally in Grant Park in 2008. "I hope it's the same," said Ayala. "That was big." More than 10,000 people are expected to rally around President Barack Obama as he and his campaign members await election results tonight. Like Ayala, other Obama supporters said they, too, were hopeful that the election results would bring cause for celebration. Elvin and Nicole Knox, from Homewood, said they had been checking predictions on CNN and Politico all day. Nicole said she had voted for Bush in 2004, and her husband said he had voted for Bush or had not voted at all. …
About 15 minutes after the polls closed, news media sources put Illinois in the Obama column, giving the president 20 electoral votes.
President Barack Obama won Illinois’ 20 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Republican Mitt Romney. Illinois, of course, was never in play. The only visit the president made to his home state late in the campaign came Oct. 25, when he returned to the South Side to cast an early ballot at the Martin Luther King Community Center. Obama is the first president to ever vote early in a presidential election. The Wall St. Journal and the Associated Press called the state about 15 minutes after the polls closed. The president's handling of the economy is a major factor in many voters' decision this year. "This election bears serious significance for our future," said Sheila Brady of Orland Park, outside her Fernway Elementary School polling …
Patch editors caught up with poll-goers adamant about exercising their right to step into the ballot boxes. What brought them to the polls?
Patch editors are hitting the polls today, just like you and your neighbors in the Southland, to talk to voters about who they like in the presidential election and other key races, and which issues matter most to them. Join in the conversation in the comments below and tell us who you voted for and why. You can also join in our live blog to get election updates throughout the night: