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," …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Real-time election results for the 2nd District primary election.
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The state might take a crippling hit if congress does not act before Friday.
Deep, nationwide cuts are geared to take place March 1. They're the first of a decade-long $1.2 trillon budget cut plan poised to go into effect unless Congress can compromise on a deficit-reduction plan. Here’s what Illinois stands to lose, according to the White House:
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.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Eagleton points out what he perceives as a major flaw in election campaigning.
On Monday, Feb. 11, I met Cliff Eagleton at his campaign office in Harvey. Eagleton is a longtime business owner that has a bone to pick with the campaigning process, and he spent a good portion of our interview expressing his distain for the power of money as it relates to winning elections. Visit Cliff Eagleton's candidate profile on Patch to watch his speech about the 2nd District. Fairness and Equality Eagleton is all about everyone getting a fair shake. He spoke at length about all men being create equal, stating that should be true even if one man is born with a "$10 billion silver spoon in his mouth" and another is born in to abject poverty. Education Eagleton said education should not be an issue in this election and that …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Republican candidate Wallace gives his perspective on economic development, minimum wage and taxing the rich.
On Monday, Feb. 11, I met Eric M. Wallace at his home in Flossmoor. Wallace is not the left leaning Republican we sometimes see in Illinois. He presents himself as very conservative in his views and applies his personal values to his stance on many of the issues. Visit Eric M. Wallace's candidate profile on Patch to watch the extended video of the interview. Economic Development Wallace said he is opposed to "giving things away" by doing things like increasing minimum wage and taxing the rich. He said he would rather look at ways to get people thinking about how they can succeed in the free market. Education Wallace said he is against the federal government making decisions about what should be happening in classrooms, stating that he …
Monday, February 11, 2013
The announcement came at a Feb. 10 press conference at the Little Black Pearl Art Center in Chicago.
At least one 2nd District candidate had a good Sunday afternoon, as two congressmen announced their support from Robin Kelly at a press conference in Chicago. Congressmen Bobby Rush and Danny Davis added their names to a growing list of elected officials supporting Kelly. “Robin Kelly has the kind of pragmatism that you need to get results in Washington, while never compromising her beliefs like many do," Davis said. "If we are going to stop the NRA in their tracks, and make our communities safe again, Robin Kelly is the right woman for the job.” Rush and Davis echoed each other, both expressing confidence that she would support President Barack Obama in fighting gun violence. “I am honored to have the endorsement of Congressmen Rush and…
Friday, February 8, 2013
The Chicago attorney and minister says he will form an accountability panel, if elected to office.
On Thursday, Jan. 31, I met Larry D. Pickens at his home on the South Side of Chicago. Pickens spoke about a myriad of issues within the district and seemed to have a strong working knowledge them all, but one of the most interesting things he address was accountability. Pickens spoke of forming a panel of 2nd District community leaders, just to keep him in check, if elected. Visit Larry D. Pickens's candidate profile on Patch to watch the extended video of the interview. Education Pickens took aim at the problems within the Chicago Public Schools system, as well as those of school systems south of the city. He said there should be more discussion about the government supporting the efforts of the communities trying to improve their …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Candidate Robin Kelly says Sen. Toi Hutchinson is only in favor of a gun ban now because it’s politically convenient.
Second District congressional candidate Toi Hutchinson currently supports Obama’s gun ban, but she didn’t always feel that way, according to a Chicago Tribune report. The Trib recently pulled an NRA questionnaire revealing multiple "A" ratings for Hutchinson, who opposed a gun ban in her 2010 election. Hutchinson says the Sandy Hook shooting is what made her change her position on banning weapons, but candidate Robin Kelly isn’t buying it. Unlike Hutchinson, Kelly received an “F” rating by the NRA, an achievement she’s very proud of. “The only thing that ‘changed’ for Toi Hutchinson is that she entered a race for Congress where her past support of the NRA’s agenda was no longer politically convenient,” Kelly said in a press release. “It’s …