Tuesday, November 6, 2012
A roundup of Illinois election results as those results become available. Check back with Patch all night for results.
Federal President of the United States 6th Congressional District 8th Congressional District 9th Congressional District 10th Congressional District State Senate 9th State Senate: Biss vs. Farkas 26th State Senate: Duffy vs. Howland 28th State Senate: Kotowski vs. O'Donnell 29th State Senate: Friedman vs. Morrison 30th State Senate: Link vs. Castella 31st State Senate: Neal vs. Bush State House 16th State House: Lang vs. Romano 17th State House: Fine vs. Frank 18th State House: Gabel vs. Lieberman 20th State House: McAuliffe vs. Randazzo 52nd State House: McSweeney vs. Beaubien 53rd State House: Harris vs. Renz 54th State House: Morrison vs. Rudd 55th State House: Moylan vs. Sweeney 57th State House: Nekritz vs. Greenberg 58th State …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Patch editors will liveblog from McCormick Place in Chicago, where President Barack Obama and supporters will be waiting for election night results.
Patch editors will begin liveblogging from the McCormick Place event in the evening. Check back to talk with us then!
Sunday, November 4, 2012
In a few days, voters will decide the presidency.
The presidency of the United States will be decided Tuesday, Nov. 6. We are not going to make an argument for either candidate – Patch does not issue endorsements. Please feel free to speak your mind about President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
Monday, October 22, 2012
The foreign policy presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is scheduled for 8 p.m. Central Standard Time on Monday, Oct. 22.
After President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney sparred over Benghazi in last week's debate, the nation's voters are looking forward to Monday night's third and final presidential debate, focusing on foreign policy. The third presidential debate between Obama and Romney is set for 8 p.m CST on Monday, Oct. 22. Check below for more information on that debate and the remaining debates leading up to Election Day. AOL will provide a live stream of the debate. TV Channels Broadcasting Live: ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and more, including CNN Espanol. Live Streaming Online: YouTube's Election Hub, AOL. Full information on Monday night's debate, as well as the schedule for the final debate, both of which are presented by the …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Tuesday's round two between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney is Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. Central Time. The town-hall style debate will be moderated by CNN’s Candy Crowley. Patch will liveblog the event for local readers.
The second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney is set for 8 p.m. Oct. 16. The debate is at Hofstra University in New York and will be moderated by CNN's Candy Crowley. In the first debate, the candidates focused on domestic issues, including the economy and taxes, health care reform and the role of government. This second debate between the candidates is a town hall-style debate, including questions from the audience. It will focus on both domestic and international issues and will include questions from voters. The tradition of holding live town hall debates for presidential candidates began in 1992 and has since proved to be one of the biggest challenges for debaters. Taking questions from the …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney met for their first debate. We surveyed influential Illinois politicians and guests at Patch watch parties, who say the president whiffed.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Illinois Republicans said Mitt Romney "hit a home run" in the Oct. 3 presidential debate and some Democrats said President Barack Obama "looked unprepared," even if they still agree with what he said. Patch conducted a quick, unscientific poll among politically involved citizens following the debate and also surveyed residents at watch parties throughout the suburbs. Of the 19 Republicans who responded to the online survey, 16 said Romney won by a wide margin and one said he defeated Obama by a slim margin. Two Republican respondents said Obama won the debate. "I expected Obama to lecture Romney. I never expected Romney to lecture Obama," one Republican said. "Obama spent more time looking at his belly button like a little kid being …
Patch has a new interactive campaign contribution database that lets you see who's donating each candidate and how much.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Patch has created an interactive database so you can see how much your neighbors are donating to the presidential campaign — and to which candidate they’re writing their checks. We’ve included communities across Illinois, so if you want to see what the campaign contributions in nearby towns are like, go right ahead. The information in the database was downloaded from the Federal Election Commission’s website. The data is based on quarterly reports and is current through July. The data will be updated in mid-October.
Friday, August 31, 2012
While November's elections are important, GOP leaders gathered at Republican National Convention say they're focused on strengthening the party for the long term.
TAMPA, FL -- With President Barack Obama carrying Illinois by 25 percentage points in 2008 and with a new poll showing him leading Mitt Romney by about the same margin, one might think there's not much joy among delegates and party leaders gathered here for the Republican National Convention this week. And while even the reddest of the Republicans acknowledges that GOP presidential candidate Romney has little chance of carrying Illinois, those in Tampa stress that they're focused on building the party for 2014 and beyond. "The presidential race will be an uphill climb for us," said state party Chairman Pat Brady, adding that Republicans are concentrating their efforts more on congressional and state legislative races this fall. "In 2014, …
Friday, June 24, 2011
Congresswoman wants faster pullout while senator urges caution.
Local lawmakers reacted differently to President Barack Obama’s plan to reduce the U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan, which he detailed in a speech Wednesday night from the White House. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) has expressed concerns about the plan to drawdown 33,000 troops from the current contingent of 100,000 within a year, saying it may be accelerating withdrawal too quickly. While on the flip side, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) thinks the president is not moving fast enough. Announcing that Afghanistan no longer represents a major terrorist threat to the U.S., Obama said 10,000 troops would be coming home by the end of the year and another 23,000 would conclude their tour by next summer. By the end of 2014, all American …
Friday, January 28, 2011
Skokie residents disgruntled with North Shore lawmakers in swallowing bitter funding pill to rescue Illinois.
The water cooler chatter may have shifted to mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel’s residency battle or proof of Barack Obama's birth certificate, but the recent tax hikes remain a burning issue in Skokie. Elected officials said they had no other choice but to raise the rates to keep the state solvent, while small business owners in the area said they were worried about the effects on theirs and their customers' wallets. As the recent lame-duck session of the General Assembly wound down, lawmakers raised the personal income tax from 3 percent to 5 percent and the corporate income tax rate went from 4.8 percent to 7 percent. The income tax hike, scheduled to last four years, is expected to generate almost $7 billion a year in new revenue for a …