Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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, with Foster emerging victorious, according to unofficial totals. And Joe Walsh and Tammy Duckworth engaged in a bitter mudfest, with Walsh being tossed out by voters. Jesse Jackson Jr. didn't campaign at all, citing health issues, yet won-reelection, 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.
Obama supporters from around the suburbs and the city of Chicago waited to see the president during an election night rally in McCormick Place.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Waiting for the president to arrive at McCormick Place on election night, supporter Ignacio Ayala of Plainfield said he hoped the night would bring some of the same excitement as the rally in Grant Park in 2008. "I hope it's the same," said Ayala. "That was big." More than 10,000 people are expected to rally around President Barack Obama as he and his campaign members await election results tonight. Like Ayala, other Obama supporters said they, too, were hopeful that the election results would bring cause for celebration. Elvin and Nicole Knox, from Homewood, said they had been checking predictions on CNN and Politico all day. Nicole said she had voted for Bush in 2004, and her husband said he had voted for Bush or had not voted at all. …
About 15 minutes after the polls closed, news media sources put Illinois in the Obama column, giving the president 20 electoral votes.
President Barack Obama won Illinois’ 20 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Republican Mitt Romney. Illinois, of course, was never in play. The only visit the president made to his home state late in the campaign came Oct. 25, when he returned to the South Side to cast an early ballot at the Martin Luther King Community Center. Obama is the first president to ever vote early in a presidential election. The Wall St. Journal and the Associated Press called the state about 15 minutes after the polls closed. The president's handling of the economy is a major factor in many voters' decision this year. "This election bears serious significance for our future," said Sheila Brady of Orland Park, outside her Fernway Elementary School polling …
Crowds and a slight drizzle didn't stop Chicago North Side residents from heading to the polls Tuesday.
Election judges say polling places on the North Side were slammed from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday. Voting had slowed between about 9:30 a.m. and noon, but poll workers fully expect an after-dinner rush. See what local voters told Patch at the polls.
North Sider AnnaLisa Lynn said she headed to the polls Tuesday morning to fight a potential apocalypse—Mitt Romney getting elected. "I'm serious," she said, with a laugh, while leaving the Welles Park polling place at 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. in Ravenswood. "He scares me." Despite many precinct boundary changes, Chicagoans were showing up in force Tuesday to vote at the city's more-than 2,000 polling places. Lynn was among 182 who had cast her ballot as of around 11 a.m. at Welles Park site, which included precincts 14 and 42. A total of 648 residents from Ravenswood, Lincoln Square and North Center were directed there, said election judge Bette Vidina, 71. But not everyone made it to their polling places without hitting a few speed bumps. …
Readers watched results roll in and shared their predictions and reaction in real time with Patch's election night live blog. Take a moment to catch up on the conversation.
Looking to find some community as election day votes are tallied? We're here to help. Patch will be live-blogging from the Beer Bistro throughout election night, starting when polls close at 7 p.m. Tuesday. We'll be updating results and other election news in real time. Tune in online and share your election predictions and reactions.
Tickets to President Obama's Election Night rally at McCormick Place are hard to come by, but that hasn't stopped shrewd Chicagoans from posting their pleas on Craigslist.
The hottest ticket in town Tuesday is a pass to President Obama’s Election Night rally at McCormick Place. But entry is virtually impossible to get unless you were willing to trek over to neighboring swing states Wisconsin and Iowa for a little last-minute campaigning on behalf of Obama for America. That hasn’t stopped crafty Democrats from heading to Craigslist to help make their Election Night dreams come true. This self-described “blue, blue Democrat in the red, red state of Alaska” wants to fly in on Election Day just for the rally, if you’re willing to do her a solid and give her a ticket. She’s got a pretty compelling case for why she’s so deserving: “I had to live through even more years of Palin than the rest of you.” One desperate…
Monday, November 5, 2012
From polling places to Chicago referendums, here's everything you need to know about Election Day.
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. Everything you need to know to make a decision about how to cast your vote can be found on Patch. The links that follow will lead you to candidate profiles and positions, news coverage and candidate blogs. Polls are open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. To see your sample ballot, go to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners website and enter your address. Find out where to vote with this precinct finder. To report any problems or to ask voting questions on Election Day you may call the Board of Commissioners …
Don't forget to vote! Find your poll location and ballot summary in the Lake View neighborhood of Chicago.
Do you know where to go to vote on Election Day 2012? If not, you can use the handy Google Voter Info embed above to find the location of your designated polling place. Simply enter the address where you're registered to vote. This tool's data has been updated to reflect changes that may have been caused by Hurricane Sandy. Follow Us on Facebook!
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Lake View has the seventh highest early voter turnout so far. Can you guess which neighborhood has the most people going to the polls early?
Early voting wrapped up Saturday in preparation for Tuesday's big election, and thousands flocked to the 44th Ward’s designated station to cast their ballot before the rush on the main day. As of Friday, 4,825 people headed to the Merlo Library at 644 W. Belmont Ave. and voted early. That’s the seveth highest early voter turnout compared to the other wards in Chicago, with the 19th district – which covers the Beverly neighborhood on the South Side – still in first place. The last day for early voting was Saturday, according to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners website, where voters could use any early voting site in the city. Didn't vote early? Don't worry! Below is a list of the closest voting locations for Lake View Residents…