Monday, November 5, 2012
Continuing the Lipinski reign over Illinois's 3rd Congressional District, Dan Lipinski still considers himself a kid who grew up on Chicago's Southwest Side.
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D)was standing at the Orland Park Metra Station at 5 a.m. last Monday, shaking hands and passing out literature to voters in the newly redrawn 3rd Congressional District. Sign up for Oak Lawn Patch's newsletter and breaking news alerts. It’s a routine that the four-term congressman follows every two years when he’s up for reelection. In 2008, he beat the Republican and Green Party challengers in a 73-percent landslide. He is expected to easily win over Republican Rich Grabowski of Hometown, a Constitutional Conservative and favorite of local Tea Party groups. “We’ll keep fighting until the polls close,” Lipinski said. “I’m very hopeful in this district that I’ll get returned to office.” The scene circles back to …
GOP candidate and everyman Rich Grabowski says God is leading the way in his campaign to become Illinois's 3rd District congressman.
Richard L. Grabowski wants to be your next congressman representing Illinois's 3rd Congressional District. Known as Rich to his family, friends and supporters, Grabowski has been crisscrossing Illinois’s 3rd District that spans Chicago’s Southwest Side neighborhoods in the heart of Mike Madigan-country, west to Lemont, LaGrange and Western Springs, to the southern stretches of New Lenox, Homer Glen and Romeoville. Handily winning a three-person Republican primary—one of the candidates was a neo-Nazi who didn’t believe the Holocaust happened—Grabowski is confident he will beat the Democrat heir-apparent Dan Lipinski. Grabowski calls himself and Lipinski, both Polish Americans, “two skis in a downhill ski race” against powerful Illinois …
Could history repeat itself in 2012? Oak Lawn and Evergreen Park Patch readers say it's Romney all the way.
With just about every political pollster and pundit predicting the outcome of Tuesday’s dead-heat presidential race, we decided to conduct our own friendly neighborhood poll on the Oak Lawn and Evergreen Park Facebook pages. The results revealed some interesting anecdotal information that may or may not be considered “trend worthy” of today’s political landscape. Veteran GOP strategist Mary Matalin predicted a Reagan-style victory for Romney by 7-percentage points during a talk at Saint Xavier University last week—the same spread that catapulted Republican Ronald Reagan into the presidency over one-termer, Democrat President Jimmy Carter in 1980. Not only did Reagan win the presidency that year, he carried Illinois thanks to droves of blue…
As Oak Lawn voters prepare to head to the polls, Patch pulled together a guide on everything you need to know for Election Day.
Monday, November 5, 2012
After what has seemed like years of campaigning, Election Day 2012 has finally arrived. As you prepare to cast your vote for the main event, you should remember there are a number of local races that are likely to have a big impact. Let Patch save you time. Subscribe to Patch via email and get news to your inbox or smartphone for free. Fast signup here. In Oak Lawn, the presidential race isn't the only one making news. Local State Rep. Kelly Burke is going for a second term, longtime U.S. Congressman Bobby Rush faces an energetic challenger in a remapped district and a referendum about supposed state pension reform will appear on the ballot. Everything you need to know to make a decision about how to cast your vote can be found on Patch. …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The Tribune dislikes Madigan, and splits its endorsements in the Southland's State House races. Hurley, Burke, Alm and Kalnicky are endorsed.
The editorial board of the Chicago Tribune prefers Democrats in the House districts serving the Chicago Southland and Republicans in the districts serving Will County. And in the 22nd District — a democracy-free zone and the stomping ground of House Speaker Michael Madigan — they see nothing to like. Why? For one, Mike Madigan's Republican opponent is a longtime Democrat. Never mind what his name is. It doesn't matter. In the 35th, the Trib endorses Fran Hurley, a 19th Ward cutout who worked for Ginger Rugai and Matt O'Shea, over Republican Ricardo Fernandez, of Orland Park, a physical therapist with a doctorate who's taught full time at Northwestern University and Governors State University. When Patch asked Fernandez what sets him apart …
Monday, October 22, 2012
The final presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22.
Monday, October 22, 2012
The third and final presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is set for 8 p.m CST on Monday, Oct. 22. AOL will provide a live stream of the debate. TV Channels Broadcasting Live: ABC-WLS, NBC-WMAQ, FOX-WFLD, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and more, including CNN Espanol. Live Streaming Online: YouTube's Election Hub, AOL. Tonight's debate is presented by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD): October 22, 2012 Presidential According to the CPD, "The format for the debate will be identical to the first presidential debate and will focus on foreign policy."
Early voting is now in effect for the 2012 Presidential Election from Oct. 22 through Nov. 3. Grace period voter registration is also now in effect.
Monday, October 22, 2012
If you’re going to be out of town or can’t handle the pressure of voting on election day—Nov. 6—early voting is now in effect for Cook County voters. Early voting will take place form Oct. 22 through Nov. 3. Voters do not need to give a reason why they cannot make it to the polls on Election Day. They only need to fill out an application at the early voting site. State laws require early voters to provide a valid photo ID to an election official before receiving a ballot to vote early. Valid forms of ID include a current driver’s license, a driver’s license of state ID, university/college ID or another government-issued ID with a photo, such as a passport. Voters may vote anywhere in Cook County where early voting is available. Early …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The Tribune likes two Democrats and one Republican in the Southland's State Senate races. Hutchinson, Cunningham and Montalvo are endorsed.
The editorial board of the Chicago Tribune just wrapped up its endorsements for State Senate candidates, giving the nod to two Democrats and one Republican in Chicago’s south suburban districts — the 18th, 19th and 40th. In the 18th, Barbara Ruth Bellar seems built for Tribune favor — or a talk show — but the endorsement went to Democrat Bill Cunningham. Republican Edgar Montalvo, of Tinley Park, a pro-business underdog, won the paper’s backing over Democrat Michael Hastings of Orland Hills. Both are military men — Montalvo served two Army tours in Iraq; Hastings graduated from West Point and served one tour. And the Trib held its right-leaning nose and gave thumbs up to Democrat Toi Hutchinson in the 40th over Frankfort Republican “Tuck” …
Friday, October 12, 2012
See both Bill Cuningham and Barbara Bellar's full responses recorded during the League of Women Voters' candidates forum on Wednesday.
Illinois's 18th District State Senate GOP candidate Barbara Bellar calls Affordable Care Act a "disaster fiasco" during candidates forum.