Friday, March 29, 2013
We should expect more of our government and more of ourselves, according to the citizens advocacy group.
How can a convicted criminal with a 20-year state prison record win the Republican nomination for Jesse Jackson Jr.’s vacated 2nd District congressional seat? Why did a loose paper clip doom a potential Evergreen Park mayoral candidate’s chances of entering the race? These are the questions poised by a recent Reboot Illinois post. “We’ve lost our grip on common sense and common good … This is our government and we ought to demand better of it and of ourselves.” Reboot’s piece references a recent Chicago Tribune report. It revealed more than 200 candidates faced ballot challenges and 76 candidates were prevented from running in about three dozen suburbs in the upcoming April election. That includes Shawn Good of Evergreen Park. She was …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Real-time election results for the 2nd District primary election.
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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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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Homewood attorney Earnest B. Fenton says GSU failed to acknowledge his confirmation for last week's forum.
2nd District congressional candidate and Homewood attorney Earnest B. Fenton says he was not allowed to participate in a Feb. 7 candidate forum at Governors State University (GSU). According to a statement from Fenton, GSU failed to recognize his confirmation of attendance. "GSU is a public tax payer institution, none of the political candidates should be barred from participating,” Fenton’s Campaign Manager David Anderson said in a release. “Also, we have records of the calls to GSU confirming our attendance,” Despite his claims to have been excluded from the event, Fenton attended last week’s forum, anyway. "I don't know how to react to this except to say that this is Chicago politics in the works,” Fenton said in a release. "I am not …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
2nd District congressional candidate Debbie Halvorson is returning fire on New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg after his super PAC ran an attack ad criticizing her previous support from the NRA.
2nd District candidate Debbie Halvorson is accusing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg of trying to “buy an election in Illinois,” after his political action committee ran a television ad attacking Halvorson for her previous A rating from the NRA, the Chicago Tribune reports. Unlike most of her 2nd District race counterparts, Halvorson does not support Obama’s gun ban. Bloomberg’s new Independence USA super PAC is known for supporting the election or defeat of legislators depending on their likelihood to help fuel an aggressive anti-gun agenda, according to the National Journal. Obviously Mayor Bloomberg and his billions have decided he wants to come buy an election in Illinois. It's quite over the top. I think it's probably done wonders not…
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 …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The former NFL player and current State Senator Napoleon Harris says Kelly supports the issues he sees as pressing to the 2nd District.
State Senator Napoleon Harris is dropping out of the race to fill Jesse Jackson Jr.’s former 2nd District congressional seat. His Wednesday afternoon announcement also came with a surprise endorsement of candidate Robin Kelly (D). “I believe we need to fight for more educational opportunity, better jobs and to get guns out of the hands of criminals and gangs that are preying on our neighborhoods,” Harris said in a release. “I believe Robin Kelly is the right candidate to pick up that cause to fight for the people of Chicago and the Southland." Kelly said she is honored to have Harris’ endorsement. Her campaign continues to build on a daily basis, according to her, because of people like Harris who support her aggressive plan to eliminate …
Monday, January 28, 2013
South Suburban residents have only one more day to register to vote in the upcoming special 2nd District congressional primary. Patch is here to help make it easy for you.
If you want to be part of the Feb. 26, 2013 special primary election and help determine which Democrat and Republican candidates will vie for Jesse Jackson Jr.’s former seat, the time to register is ticking away. The Cook County Clerk is reminding Southland residents that tomorrow, Jan. 29 is the last day to register to vote. The good news is, you can register online in just a few minutes. GO TO THE ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION APPLICATION If you happen to miss tomorrow’s deadline but still want to vote, residents can visit the Cook County Clerk’s downtown office (69 W. Washington St., Fifth Floor, Chicago) between Jan. 30 and Feb. 23 to registering and vote immediately on location. Join Patch with a user account: Join the discussion on …
One of the leading candidates going into the Feb. 26 primary election, Halvorson said she would rather see the current laws improved, rather than creating new ones.
Former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson took a different stance on gun control than other leading candidates in the race to represent the 2nd Congressional District, according to the Chicago Tribune. At the forum at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, many of the candidates gave their take on President Barack Obama’s call for a semiautomatic assault weapons ban. Candidates Robin Kelly and Anthony Beale supported stiffer gun control laws, but Halvorson refused to line up behind the ban. “We’ve buried far too many of our own children over the years—every day," Halvorson said, according to the Tribune. "When are we going to go after the criminals? When are we going to go after the people who buy guns for those who aren’t able to go get …
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Before the debate, students will get to network with the candidates.
Students interested in meeting some of the 2nd District election candidates will have an opportunity at the end of January. A debate, with a preceding meet and greet, will be held at Rich Central High School on Jan. 30. It is geared at giving students interested in political science a chance to network with the candidates, according to a release from the Chicago Young & Powerful Group, who is sponsoring the event. The Young & Powerful Group is a collective, focused on "educational reform, voter education, health and wellness promotion, and social entrepreneurship issues," according to the release. Wendell Mosby, who is helping to plan and promote the event said five candidates have confirmed their participation. The mixer starts at 4:30 p…