Tuesday, November 6, 2012
President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan. NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." The Obama campaign won the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from President Obama attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy. The race tightened during the final months of the campaign, with gaffes and surges …
Find coverage of the various congressional matchups throughout the Patch network.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
While many of northern Illinois' congressional races left little in the way of doubt, a few provided down-to-the-wire drama and competitiveness. Judy Biggert and Bill Foster were in a dead heat as Election Day approached, and Joe Walsh and Tammy Duckworth engaged in a bitter mudfest. Jesse Jackson Jr. didn't campaign at all, and Adam Kinzinger, Dan Lipinski, Danny Davis and Peter Roskam didn't feel they had to. Coverage of the various congressional races can be viewed throughout the Patch network.
Republican Challenger Tim Wolfe made a strong showing in the race for the 9th Congressional district, but Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky beat it back.
See Election Night updates below Longtime Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky faces a challenge from Republican Tim Wolfe in the 9th Congressional District. Learn about the candidates and the race on Patch's Ninth Congressional District Election Central page. Patch will be updating election results on this page throughout the evening. Update 9:13 p.m. - This one seems to be over and it looks like Schakowksy will continute to represent the 9th District. She has about a 30,000 vote lead with 306 of 336 precincts reporting. Schakowsky previously served in the Illinois State Legislature, and identifies herself as a champion of consumers, seniors and the middle class. Her answers to Patch's candidate questionnaire can be seen here. …
We want to make sure you've got all the information you need for election day, Nov. 6. Here, you'll find links to coverage of every local race, candidate profiles and Patch political blogs.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
An unknown fraction of about 1,500 people were sent someone else's voter information due to a clerical error at the Cook County Clerk's office. The Clerk's office says the info is incomplete and harmless.
In the course of registering people to vote, the Cook County Clerk's Office mistakenly mailed some personal information to the wrong people. A clerical error affected an unknown number among the 1,500 people who tried registering to vote online, according to Courtney Greve, spokeswoman for Cook County Clerk David Orr. She stressed the information sent in error was not complete and should not pose a risk of identity theft. The State Board of Elections offered online voter registration this year. But to complete the online registration, people had to mail in a signature. The online program was popular and successful, but about 1,500 people never mailed their completed form, Greve said. "They inputed the data online and the data was sent to …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Here's where you can cast your ballot early, to avoid the rush on Election Day. You don't need an excuse--anyone can do it.
If you don't want to wait until Election Day, Nov. 6, to cast your ballot in the presidential election, you don't have to. In Cook County, early voting starts Monday, Oct. 22, and continues through Nov. 3. Anyone can vote early, and you don't need to give a reason. So if you have to work on election day, or just want to get it out of the way, you can head to the polls now. You need to bring a photo ID, such as a driver's license, state-issued ID card or university ID card with you in order to vote. You can vote at any early voting location in the county. The nearest are: A complete list of early voting locations can be found here.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The unexpected move comes as the Daily Herald endorses Schakowsky in the 9th Congressional District.
The Chicago Tribune has endorsed newcomer Tim Wolfe, a Republican from Arlington Heights, over longtime Rep. Jan Schakowsky, of Evanston, for the 9th Congressional District. The move came as something of a surprise, since the newspaper has endorsed Schakowsky in the past, including in 2010. It said Washington could use more of Wolfe's fiscal restraint. Earlier: Your choices for Congress: Tim Wolfe Earlier: Your choices for Congress: Jan Schakowsky The Daily Herald's editorial board said it had mixed feelings, but ultimately decided to endorse Schakowsky over Wolfe. Her standing as chief deputy whip of the House Democrats benefits the suburbs, the paper said. The Chicago Sun-Times has decided not to endorse candidates, saying it will …
Monday, October 8, 2012
The deadline is Oct. 9 for voter registration in Illinois; here are lots of options to register. You can also sign up as a deputy registrar.
The Commission on Federal Debates is partnering with Patch's parent company Aol, to take questions from web users across the country. Submit yours and it could be asked of Obama and Romney during the next debate, Oct. 16.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will debate at 8 p.m. If you'd rather join a crowd to watch, here's a list of debate viewing parties.
Is it a reaction to the polarization in Congress? Or just a need we all have to escape from our TVs and computers and join live human beings? Whatever the reason, many people are organizing debate watching parties, often with others of their political persuasion, for the first presidential debate of the 2012 campaign tonight at 8 p.m. on CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox. The Obama campaign is blanketing the nation with debate watching parties, and has a website you can check for one in your area. So far, they have parties scheduled in homes, restaurants, bars, etc. in Skokie, Mount Prospect, Evanson, Elk Grove Village, Chicago's North and Northwest sides, Highland Park and Deerfield. Romney supporters are hosting a viewing party in Crystal Lake, …