Friday, January 4, 2013
In today's Patch Talk, Chris and Ryan discuss your suggestions for how to improve Chicago Heights and Homewood. We also talk a little about the 2nd District special election.
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Thursday, December 6, 2012
Lenny McAlister thinks his chances are good, but will 2nd District voters look beyond the "R" on the ballot?
One Republican has entered the race to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. as the United States representative for the 2nd District. Lenny McAllister has no legislative experience and has never won an election, but he's hoping to win a seat held by Democrats for more than 50 years. And let's not forget a Republican was unable to come close to beating a nigh-nonexistent congressman back in November. Then there's the competition. Facing competition like Napoleon Harris, a former NFL running back who won a state senate race this year, or former U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson could prove a tall order for McAllister. But the Hip-Hop Republican has hope. He says that as a black Republican, he can bridge the gap between the South Side part of the district …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The Illinois Senate amends its election code so that candidates in local elections—from City Council to School Board—can submit nominating petitions until 5 p.m. on the day after Christmas.
Merry Christmas, candidates in local elections: You have an extra day to get your name on the April 2013 ballot! A new state law, passed Nov. 29 by both houses of the General Assembly, is also good news to municipal clerks, school board secretaries, township clerks, park district and library secretaries and other local election officials who were previously required to accept candidate petitions until 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve, regardless of whether their respective governmental offices were open. The law is effective immediately. Senate Bill 3338 amends Section 1-4 of the Election Code to specify that, for the 2013 consolidated election period, local election officials have until 5 p.m. Dec. 26 to accept candidates' petitions or …
Friday, November 30, 2012
This week on Patch Talk, we get into Homewood's surprise casino announcement and Senator Toi Hutchinson's intent to go after former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s recently vacated seat.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Hutchinson's opponent, Tuck Marshall, commended the senator for running a clean campaign.
Toi Hutchinson will remain the state senator for the 40th District after a victory over Frankfort challenger Joseph "Tuck" Marshall. Hutchinson grabbed 80 percent of the votes in south suburban Cook County, with all precincts reported. She took just under 55 percent of the votes in Kankakee County, with all precincts reported. Marshall beat out Hutchinson in Will County, taking just more than 56 percent of the votes with all precincts reported. Hutchinson said maintaining her seat in the 40th District is "wonderful," and the state senator said she respected her opponent's challenge. "Everybody has a right to run, and I take every challenge seriously," Hutchinson said. "It takes a lot to put your name out there. I know exactly how that …
Unofficial results show the 17-year congressman took the race by a wide margin, even without making an appearance in his district since June.
Jesse Jackson Jr. will remain the 2nd District congressman after defeating his opponents in the general election. Jackson took more than 60 percent of the vote, with more than 60 percent of precincts reporting across Will, Cook, and Kankakee counties, as well as the City of Chicago, around 10 p.m. Wednesday. Jackson's Republican opponent Brian Woodworth was frank when it came to discussing the congressman's absence from the campaign trail. “I don’t really have anyone to concede to, do I?" Woodworth said. “From what I can find in my records, I’ve actually performed better than any Republican in the past against Jackson.“ Woodworth did take major leads in Will and Kankakee counties, leading Jackson by more than 10,000 votes in the latter …
Monday, November 5, 2012
A quick run-down of what issues are most important to the candidates.
A lawyer and college professor from Bourbonnais, Woodworth has trailed far behind incumbent Jesse Jackson Jr. in the polls, but has maintained higher numbers than Republicans typically get in the Second District. Woodworth says he is "not a Washington insider." Here are some of his plans for the Second Congressional District, if elected: To learn more about these plans and more, visit Woodworth's campaign Website, Brian Woodworth: Republican for Congress. A longtime postal worker from Matteson, Lewis has been an active voice on Patch for months, responding articles and drawing attention to his campaign. Of all the candidates, Lewis has been the most openly critical of Jackson, most recently accusing him of secretly campaigning through …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has no plans to celebrate on election night
While he has been absent from his congressional district for several months, U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has somehow found time to vote. Jackson voted absentee and has no plans to hold an election-night event, political consultant Kevin Lampe told the Tribune. The congressman is seeking re-election despite a tumultuous year of federal investigations and time-spent at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Jackson has been on medical leave since June 10 and has mostly dodged the public eye all the way through October. Jackson was seen sitting with former Congressman Patrick Kennedy in August and more recently was seen drinking at a bar in Washington D.C. before returning to the Clinic, according to the Tribune. It was reported in August that …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Patch has received verified audio of Pastor Andrew Singleton Jr. recounting parts of what he describes as a recent phone conversation with Congressman Jackson.
Jesse Jackson Jr. wants his constituents to know that he loves them to death, according to a Matteson pastor. In his Sunday sermon at Victory Apostolic Church in Matteson, the Rev. Andrew Singleton Jr. spoke of a two-hour phone conversation he says he had with Jackson, who recently returned to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Audio of the sermon was sent to Patch, but church officials said they did not make the recording. Officials at the church, however, confirmed Singleton's mention of his conversation with Jackson during the sermon. "He made it clear, he's got serious issues he must deal with, and they are serious," Singleton said during his Sunday sermon. Singleton declined to divulge many details from the conversation, sharing just two…
Sunday, October 21, 2012
The Chicago Democrat is the subject of two federal investigations and was diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder earlier this year.
Will County Republicans called for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Chicago) to resign Friday and quit his re-election bid amid multiple federal investigations. GOP members met outside of the Will County Courthouse on Friday and posed a united challenge to Will County Democratic candidates to withdraw their support of Jackson Jr. The congressman is reportedly under federal investigation for accusations of misusing campaign money to decorate his $1.3 million Washington D.C. home. He's on the ballot in the 2nd Congressional District, which represents parts of Chicago and suburban Cook County including Chicago Heights, Flossmoor and Homewood. In newly redrawn maps, the 2nd District extended south past Kankakee. VOTE: Should Jesse Jackson Jr…