Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Obama referred to Kelly as a "tireless champion" of the people in a statement endorsing the 2nd District candidate.
President Barack Obama is endorsing 2nd District candidate Robin Kelly in the race to fill the vacated seat of defamed former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. According to Obama, like-minded partners such as Kelly are needed in the House of Representatives to help “continue moving America forward.” “Robin is a tireless champion for building small businesses, supporting middle-class families, protecting our seniors, improving transportation and expanding access to health care,” President Obama said. “I share Robin’s passionate advocacy to end gun violence with common sense solutions because like her, I believe families impacted by gun violence—especially in my home city of Chicago—deserve a vote.” In a statement by Kelly, she refers to President …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Paul McKinley says his former violent crimes were a product of the environment in which he was raised, and now he wants to fight back so others don’t follow in his footsteps.
2nd District Republican candidate Paul McKinley hopes to beat frontrunner Robin Kelly for the seat of defamed former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., but his record of criminal history may make the already uphill battle even steeper. McKinley spent nearly 20 years—almost a third of his life—in state prison after he was convicted of “burglarizing a store, pistol-whipping a man for his watch and robbing a woman of $60 at gunpoint,” the Chicago Tribune reports. Now, he says he’s running as an “ex-offender running to save the next offender.” Reporters tried questioning McKinley about his former offenses Monday, but he responded with some hostility and accused one reporter of being a racist. "Those white folks told you to dig as deep as you could," …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Gun control was the epicenter of the 2nd District primary, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is on the winning side.
More than $2.2 million was spent to ensure victory for the staunchly anti-gun Robin Kelly in last night’s 2nd District primary special election. The money came from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s personal Super PAC, Independence USA. His ultimate intent, according to the New York Times, is to establish a sizeable national base of anti-gun representatives in anticipation of supporting upcoming gun legislation. “As Congress considers the president’s gun package, voters in Illinois have sent a clear message: we need common-sense gun legislation now,” Bloomberg said. His words align with the crux of Kelly’s victory speech. "(Voters) sent a message that tells the NRA that their days of holding our country hostage are coming to an end,” …
McKinley faces an uphill climb in a district long dominated by Democrats.
Paul McKinley will be the Republican candidate on the ballot for the April 9 general election to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. McKinley had just under 1,000 votes as of Feb. 27, 1:30 a.m., most of which came from South Suburban Cook County and Chicago. Heavy snowfall throughout Election Day helped to keep voter turnout in the mid-teens, while the candidates made their way to several polling locations in the 2nd District. Join Patch with a user account: Join the discussion on Facebook:
Kelly will appear on the general election ballot in April.
After less than three months of campaigning, Robin Kelly has solidified her place on the ballot for the April 9 general election to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Candidate Debbie Halvorson’s media contact Sean Howard told Patch Halvorson called Kelly around 8 p.m. to concede, offering well wishes. They agreed to meet up soon to discuss Kelly’s agenda. Kelly had just shy of 31,000 votes as of Feb. 27 1:30 a.m., most of which came from South Suburban Cook County (that's us). Heavy snowfall throughout Election Day helped to keep voter turnout in the mid-teens, while the candidates made their way to several polling locations in the 2nd District. Join Patch with a user account: Join the discussion on Facebook:
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Real-time election results for the 2nd District primary election.
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Monday, February 25, 2013
The Republican and Democrat candidates vying for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s seat will be decided in today’s primary. We want to help you make the best decision.
Nearly 400,000 voters will be eligible to vote during today's primary election to fill the vacated seat of former 2nd District Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Do you know who you’re voting for? If not, you’re in luck. Over the past months, Patch has been keeping tabs on the 2nd District candidates at this exclusive site. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you are unsure of your polling location, check the Cook County Clerk’s website to verify. You can also verify your voter eligibility on the clerk’s site. Are you prepared for the snow? The National Weather Service says we might be getting up to six inches of snow throughout the day. Make sure to keep that in mind while making your voting plans.
Fatimah Muhammad says she received text messages from someone named Matthew, telling her to endorse Kelly.
Second District candidate Fatimah Muhammad said she was sitting next to Robin Kelly at a forum in Matteson when she received text messages urging her to support Kelly. Muhammad said she was participating in a forum at Victory Apostolic Church on Monday, Feb. 18, when she received a text message stating, "ASA. If you're serious about a future in politics you should consider giving your support to Robin Kelly at today's candidates Forum. Matthew" Muhammad sent the rest of the exchange in an email: 2:04pm - (my reply) "Timing?" 2:10pm - "You got the media today and can make yourself look good on stage with Robin" 2:28pm - "Each candidate usually gets a final comment. Wait until then to make your dramatic and heartfelt announcement of support…
Despite a slew of recent endorsements for Kelly and a major dropout, Halvorson moved ahead of the former state representative going into the weekend.
Poll results, released Friday, put Debbie Havorson at the top of the Democrats going into the 2nd District special primary election, according to the Daily-Journal. The poll used 500 voters likely to cast a ballot in the Feb. 26 election, and showed the former congressman now leads with 21 percent of the vote. Robin Kelly is second in line with 17 percent. Halvorson talked about the results in a prepared statement, implying that they are not all that surprising and that they only confirm "what other polls — outside the Robin Kelly campaign — have indicated." Victory Research conducted the poll, from Feb. 17 through Feb. 19, for WCKG AM Radio. The results of the Feb. 26 primary election will reveal which Democrat and which Republican …
Friday, February 22, 2013
In this week's Patch Talk, Chris and Ryan touch on the home stretch of the 2nd District primary, radon gas and the Homewood casino.
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