Thursday, November 8, 2012
Binding referendum passes in Oak Lawn by 57 percent. Alsip turns electrical aggregation referedum down; Worth passes it in close vote.
Oak Lawn voters approved a binding referendum giving village officials the authority to negotiate a lower electrical rate with an alternative energy supplier on Tuesday’s ballot. Sign up for the Oak Lawn Patch newsletter and breaking news alerts. The measure passed by 57-percent, with 11,561 voters saying "yes" to electrical aggregation to 8,547 "no" votes. Electrical aggregation is said to save households and small commercial businesses an average of $200 to $400 per year on their electricity bills. ComEd rates increased from 7.9 cents to 8.3 cents per kilowatt-hour in October. Aggregation programs typically lock in rates of 4.5 centers to 4.9 cents per unit of electricity. The program is open to Oak Lawn’s 19,000 households and …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
South suburban Patch editors published updates and photos from their communities throughout the day Tuesday. Read the transcript to see what went down at polling precincts across the Southland.
Editor's Note: The following is the live blog that ran Tuesday, Nov. 6. You can read the transcript for a look at the updates and photos from Patch editors. Beginning at 10 a.m., Patch will be live-blogging what's happening as voters cast their ballots in the south suburbs, from precincts to parties. At Patch, Election Day isn't just about waiting for results to roll in. Your local editors will be updating this blog throughout the day, posting photos and stories from Southland polling places. Of course, when the polls close at 7 p.m., editors will be monitoring the vote tallies for all the races that matter most to you. The live-blog is also where you can share your thoughts and experiences on Election Day. Tell us what voter turnout is …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Within the redrawn 1st Congressional District, Bobby Rush will keep his seat for two more years as suburban voters weren't enough to propel Don Peloquin to a win.
Bobby Rush will continue to represent the 1st Congressional District of Illinois on Capitol Hill after winning his 11th term Tuesday. As of 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, Rush took in 212,661 votes, compared to 70,903 votes for challenger Don Peloquin, who campaigned as the Republican nominee for the seat. The count was with 582 of 617 precincts reporting from Suburban Cook County, Will County and Chicago. The new 1st Congressional District now holds a northeast boundary just around Chicago’s Bronzeville community, continuing near the Dan Ryan and along I-57, before cutting west, including towns south of I-80, before ending at rural Elwood at its farthest southwest point. The district includes Chicago neighborhoods, such as Hyde Park, Washington Park…
A 21-year-old south suburban woman found time to vote in her first presidential election, even as her baby was beginning to make its way into the world.
OUTSIDE CHICAGO, IL -- The contractions were coming five minutes apart, her water had broken—but a local woman took a detour while en route to deliver her first child, a daughter. Galicia Malone, 21, popped into Precinct 88 around 8:30 a.m., to cast her vote at the aptly named New Life Celebration Church, in south suburban Dolton. “I never voted before so this made a major difference in my life,” Malone told a WBBM reporter, as quoted by CBS. “And I wanted this to be a stepping-stone for my daughter.” As she worked her way through the ballot, her contractions increased in frequency and intensity. “I was just trying to read and breathe, read and breathe,” she told the reporter. “That’s what I kept telling myself, ‘Read and breathe, read …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Blue Island Mayor Don Peloquin, who is the Republican candidate in the 1st Congressional District Race against incumbent Democrat Bobby Rush, shared his views on ways to simplify taxes and bolster local business.
Don Peloquin, Blue Island mayor and Republican candidate for the 1st Congressional District, believes the redrawn district can build off of the resources already here to grow the local economy. He is for smaller government and a simplified tax code for all Americans. Democrat incumbent Bobby Rush, Peloquin's opponent in the race, has not answered Patch's request for an interview. Read more about Peloquin's views on several issues including health care, the economy and others in our Patch Questionnaire. Read Rush's answers to our questionnaire. Looking for other 1st District race stories?
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Candidates running for the 18th Illinois Senate district and hopefuls for the 31st and 36th Illinois House districts answered questions at a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters Wednesday night. Read our live blog transcript for a recap.
Update, 10:20 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 The following candidates, and an unchallenged incumbent, shared their views on a variety of topics Wednesday night at the Green Hills Public Library. Those who participated: Topics discussed: Read our live blog transcript for their stances, and look for videos of the forum in coming days. Update: Candidates for the 16th Illinois Senate and 35th Illinois House districts will not appear at tonight's debate. Officials from the Green Hills Public Library, which is hosting the forum, decided to only include races that fell within the library district boundaries, said Barbara Pasquinelli, co-President of The League of Women Voters of the Palos-Orland Area. Information provided earlier indicated the …
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Those attending the Illinois Republican Convention in Tinley Park over the weekend share their thoughts on the Republican party, how far it's come and where its going.
Illinois Republicans bring their ideas and bling to the Tinley Park Convention Center to take on Barack Obama and Mike Madigan in November.
Illinois Republicans showed up with their buses, bling and enthusiasm to the Tinley Park Convention Center with one goal in mind: to elect Republicans to national, state and local seats in November. Anti-Obama shirts, Mitt Romney-bobbleheads and cardboard cutouts of Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln were in abundance. Like pork, the other white meat, Illinois's Grand Old Party is hoping for another Scott Walker-type victory in Illinios in 2012. READ PATCH COVERAGE of the Illinois Republican State Convention: Get a Glimpse of the Faces of the Illinois Republican Convention No Direct Elections, No Gambling: 2012 Illinois Republican Convention Republicans Embrace 'Party Time' in Tinley Park
Saturday, June 9, 2012
For the first time in history, the Illinois Republican convention has made its way to Tinley Park.
The state's Republicans came in droves to Tinley Park on Friday sporting suits, red white and blue, and American flag T-shirts. All were eager to take part in the weekend's Illinois Republican Convention, where there have been opinions about the importance of keeping marriage between one man and one woman and decisions made on party platform issues like direct elections and gambling. Comments got a bit heated during delegates' talks of the nomination for the party's Republican National Committeeman. While newcomer candidate William Kelly didn't get a second look or even a nod of approval from delegates, others, like Alexander "Sandy" Stuart were specifically questioned on their donations over the years to donate to groups like Planned …
Friday, June 8, 2012
If you're out and about in the area this weekend, it's highly likely that you'll be seeing red. Now that the thousands of Republicans have arrived in the Southland, find out what has motivated them to make what, for some, is quite a trek.
Illinois Republicans from far and wide are flooding the Tinley Park Convention Center this weekend. Some are showing to participate in workshops, vote on party issues and elect committeemen and women. Others simply want to learn about the political process or to experience their first convention. Coordinators have said they expect several thousand people to file in and out of the center during these two days—the most of whom are expected to congregate there on Saturday. Patch editors spent time chatting with those eager Illinois Republican Convention attendees throughout the day Friday. READ: Live Updates: 2012 Illinois Republican Convention Norma Goodale, 67, came all the way up from Peoria County in central Illinois because of the …