Monday, October 8, 2012
Biggert (R-Hinsdale) is running against Democrat Bill Foster in the 11th Congressional District.
Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Hinsdale) faced some tough political questions when she was endorsed by the Illinois Education Association as its candidate for the 11th Congressional District race Monday, and so did those endorsing her. Biggert and members of the Illinois Education Association answered questions from the media at Hinsdale South High School in Darien after the announcement was made. Although some members of the Republican Party have actively said they don't agree with teacher unions, Vice President Kathi Griffin of the Illinois Education Association said it's important to look past Biggert's political party. "I think it's important that we focus on what the candidate stands for," Griffin said. "It's not whether you are a Democrat or …
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.
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 Patch-sponsored 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 …
Lourdes Duarte joined Patch at Flossmoor Station in Flossmoor for a Patch.com presidential debate viewing party Wednesday night. Mitt Romney impresses but voters say they want to see more.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Republicans, Democrats and independents joined Patch editors Wednesday night at presidential debate viewing parties throughout the Chicago area. WGN Ch. 9 stopped by one party in Flossmoor at the Flossmoor Station to take the pulse of voters. Patch hosted parties at St. Xavier University in Mount Greenwood, Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Cemeno's Restaurant in Joliet, the Kendall Grille in Yorkville and the Lemont Community Center in Lemont.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
In the latest Land of Lincoln Blue survey issued by Patch, Democratic respondents said they thought President Obama did a great job, but loved President Clinton's speech more. They also said Republicans showed how "out of touch" they are.
Now that the Democratic and Republican national conventions are complete, Democrats in Illinois say they're more confident in President Obama's re-election campaign than they were last month. That's part of the results from a recent Land of Lincoln survey issued by Patch in the Chicago area. Eighty-nine Democrats were surveyed, with 15 responding. About 87 percent of those surveyed said they're more confident now than they were before the conventions. But was it Barack Obama who energized them? Almost every Democrat that responded to the survey said President Bill Clinton was the highlight of the convention, even overshadowing the current president. Clinton showed that Democrats "stand for the working class and the seniors of this country…
Thursday, September 27, 2012
In the latest Land of Lincoln Red survey issued by Patch, Republican respondents shared their opinions on the presidential election following the Republican National Convention.
Citing speeches by Sen. Marco Rubio, vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan and celebrity Clint Eastwood, 94 percent of Republicans surveyed by Patch said their party's National Convention provided the party with the momentum it needs to get the base to turn out for what is expected to be a close election. That's part of the results from a recent Land of Lincoln survey issued by Patch in the Chicago area. Ninety-three Republicans were surveyed, with 30 responding. Most Republican respondents mentioned the Rubio and Ryan speeches as highlights of the convention, while one respondent said "Mitt Romney just did OK." According to Republican respondents, 53 percent said they felt more confident about Romney's chances of winning after the …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Infuriated by new district maps in Illinois, Will County Republican officials and candidates signed a "declaration of independence," calling on voters to stop the "tentacles of Cook County" from reaching into Will County policy.
Area Republicans rallied Monday to declare independence from "the tentacles of Cook County and Chicago politics" reaching into Will County. The gesture was symbolic but served to fire up a crowd of well over 100 people as the Nov. 6 election nears. Last year, Illinois Democrats drew new state and congressional districts that Republicans say could remove any Will County representation in Congress. "We have to take back what's ours and make sure we stand up for it," said Dave Carlson, the Republican candidate for Will County state attorney. "To implement what we believe in, we need the voters' support in November." Want to blog about politics on Patch? Email email@example.com. Various elected officials and candidates for office spoke…
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Illinois Republicans are trying to tell voters that a vote for any Democrat this fall is a vote for House Speaker Michael Madigan.
Could this be the election year in which the GOP's portrayal of Mike Madigan as the corrupt manipulator of Democratic state reps — mere marionettes who dance on strings — actually pays off? The Southwest Side power broker is again the target of a Republican bid to tie him to the candidacies of every House Democrat in the November election, according to a report from IllinoisWatchdog.org. A recent $100,000 union donation to Madigan and the House's failure to act on pension reform in the General Assembly is being cited as evidence of a suspicious scratching of the back on the Speaker's part. David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, offered this take to a reporter for …
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Patch surveyed local Democrats and Republicans about the impact of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan's selection as Mitt Romney's GOP running mate.
Illinois Democrats and Republicans both believe the selection of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) as Mitt Romney's running mate will energize their party's voters in the 2012 presidential election. That's the general feeling gathered from the Land of Lincoln survey issued by Patch in the Chicago area. Ninety-three Republicans and 89 Democrats were surveyed, though only 14 and nine replied, respectively, by the time of publication. About 77 percent of Republicans who responded said they believe the Ryan selection will galvanize Illinois Republicans, while 87 percent of Democratic respondents said the choice will bring together their voters against Ryan. Read about Ryan's visit to the Iowa State Fair on Iowa City Patch. Republicans who …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
The newly-formed Will County Republican Women's Club is hosting a fundraiser Aug. 14 in Bolingbrook.
Having participated in local Republican organizations over the years, including at the township level, New Lenox resident Patty Deiters came to the conclusion that a separate organization for women and in support of female candidates would be an asset. In April, she began researching organizations and their bylaws and discovered that the Will County Republican Women's Club would be effective particularly if it aligned itself as a chapter of the Illinois Federation of Republican Women . Consequently, she said, the Will County group is also affiliated with the National Federation of Republican Women. The women-specific group has the opportunity to focus on women in government. However, that doesn't mean that men in the party are not welcome …
Friday, July 27, 2012
The president's small-business comments upset many people and gave Republican Mitt Romney a point of attack. But Barack Obama said the comments were taken out of context. What do you think? Take the Patch Poll.
President Barack Obama's recent comments about small business created a firestorm that could become a focus of the 2012 election — even as Obama and his supporters say his comments were taken out of context. "Look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own," he said during a July 13 speech in Virginia. "If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help ... If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen." Take the Patch poll below: Who plays the most significant role in creating jobs and economic growth? That's not the entire speech, which you can read on the independent FactCheck.org. According to that post, the comments were taken out of context: "There’s no question …