WBEZ | david orr http://www.wbez.org/tags/david-orr Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Super PAC brings 'DC-style politics' to local ward races, but to what effect? http://www.wbez.org/news/super-pac-brings-dc-style-politics-local-ward-races-what-effect-111551 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Super PAC thumb.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A well-funded political action committee has sent a fresh round of negative mailers against two of Mayor Rahm Emanuel&rsquo;s more vocal critics on City Council, but it remains unclear how much of an impact it&rsquo;s having on their local ward races.<br /><br />With city elections less than two weeks away, much has been made of the so-called &ldquo;super PAC&rdquo; created by a longtime aide and supporter of Mayor Rahm Emanuel to bolster his policy agenda.</p><p><a href="http://chicagoforward.org" target="_blank">Chicago Forward</a> is the first political action committee created expressly to funnel unlimited contributions into Chicago municipal races. So far, it has raised roughly $2.6 million from fewer than 50 donors, as it seeks to influence the mayoral election and roughly 20 aldermanic races.</p><p>But to some observers, the super PAC&rsquo;s involvement in often sleepy ward races is a little like bringing a gun to a knife fight.</p><p>&ldquo;Of course Rahm is using this to attack the Progressive Caucus of alderman,&rdquo; said Steve Jensen, an IT consultant and president of the Bucktown Community Organization.</p><p>Jensen&rsquo;s own alderman, Scott Waguespack (32nd), is among the most vocal of the eight Progressive Caucus members in City Council. As a bloc, they often dissent from Emanuel.</p><p>Jensen said he doesn&rsquo;t think it makes sense for a multimillion dollar, outside organization to try its hand in local ward races.</p><p>&ldquo;We can reach constituents more effectively with town hall meetings at the neighborhood level, social media, and a few mailers,&rdquo; Jensen said. &ldquo;And that right there is less than $100 thousand.&rdquo;</p><p>With a highly-coordinated field campaign of volunteers door knocking, phone banking and spreading the word about a candidate, Jensen said a relatively low-budget grassroots campaign could certainly prevail, even when a better-funded super PAC deploys glossy attack mailers.</p><p>That&rsquo;s the main reason Waguespack said he wasn&rsquo;t too concerned with Chicago Forward&rsquo;s negative pieces against him. In fact, at a recent campaign fundraiser at WhirlyBall, he tried to turn the point to his advantage.</p><p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know how many of you got the mailer the other day,&rdquo; he said to a seated crowd of supporters. &ldquo;I was the recipient of the first mail piece from the superPAC.&rdquo;</p><p>The mailer blamed Waguespack for keeping potholes in his ward unfilled, because he voted against Emanuel&rsquo;s budget last year (which still passed). Waguespack said the message backfired, because voters know that Chicago&rsquo;s Department of Transportation is responsible for potholes &mdash; not aldermen. CDOT falls under the purview of the mayor.</p><p>&ldquo;I need your support over the next few weeks, phone banking, calling your friends, telling them (to) get out there and vote. This is not going to be an easy election,&rdquo; Waguespack continued. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re throwing millions of dollars at my fellow members.&rdquo;</p><p>In fact, Chicago Forward has spent much more money trying to get Emanuel&rsquo;s city council allies re-elected. John Arena (45th) is the only incumbent who&rsquo;s found himself, like Waguespack, at the receiving end of an attack.</p><p>This week, Chicago Forward blanketed his ward with a negative mailer that claimed Arena would raise taxes. Arena, also a member of the city council&rsquo;s Progressive Caucus, has a record of voting the least with the mayor.</p><p>The injection of an outside player with access to limitless funds worries Waguespack. He accuses Emanuel of using Chicago Forward to bring &ldquo;DC-style politics&rdquo; to Chicago. &ldquo;[He&rsquo;s] using money to stifle any kind of discussion,&rdquo; Waguespack said. &ldquo;Divisive, mean-spirited, bullying-type attitude that he brought with him.&rdquo;</p><p>Rebecca Carroll, the CEO and Chairman of Chicago Forward, says the super PAC&rsquo;s objective is the opposite of that: she claims the group is trying to create consensus around how to deal with city challenges.</p><p>In an email to WBEZ, Carroll wrote, &ldquo;We need strong leaders at city hall who will roll up their sleeves and work as partners with this administration to address these challenges, even if they have differences in opinion or don&rsquo;t always agree with it.&rdquo;</p><p>In fact, in Chicago, very few aldermen ever disagree with the mayor &mdash; city council votes with him <a href="http://pols.uic.edu/docs/default-source/chicago_politics/city_council_voting_records/city-council-report-7-january-2015.pdf?sfvrsn=2" target="_blank">90 percent</a> of the time. So what&rsquo;s the point?</p><p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s aldermen that are being rubber stamps that don&rsquo;t want to be rubber stamps,&rdquo; said Cook County Clerk David Orr. &ldquo;It has a very chilling effect, which is what it is designed to do.&rdquo;</p><p>Orr, a former Chicago alderman, said the purpose of Chicago Forward may not just be to weaken Emanuel&rsquo;s critics in the Progressive Caucus. Instead, it may be a tool to keep Emanuel&rsquo;s allies in check.</p><p>&ldquo;I already have got a lot of alderman that I know darn well tell me one thing in terms of who they&rsquo;re publicly supporting [versus] who they want to support,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;So yes, it doesn&rsquo;t always have to be to defeat someone. It can make you worry about being free to speak your mind.&rdquo;</p><p>But if Chicago Forward serves to muzzle some voices, it may also amplify others.</p><p>&ldquo;It distorts things by making the views and opinions basically of the wealthy donors &mdash; gives them an unfairly loud voice in the candidates&rsquo; ears about what policies and positions the candidates should pursue,&rdquo; said David Melton, Executive Director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.</p><p>Indeed, Chicago Forward&rsquo;s money is overwhelmingly from super-wealthy power players in the finance industry, with each contributing an average of $53,000.</p><p>&ldquo;And that is not a good thing for our democracy,&rdquo; Melton said.</p><p><em>Odette Yousef is a WBEZ reporter. Follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/oyousef">@oyousef</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/wbezoutloud">@WBEZoutloud</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 12:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/super-pac-brings-dc-style-politics-local-ward-races-what-effect-111551 Morning Shift: Refusing to recite Pledge of Allegiance has long history http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-11-07/morning-shift-refusing-recite-pledge-allegiance-has <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/pledge of allegiance Flickr Just some dust.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>After a recent controversy, we take a look back at the long history of people refusing to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. We also talk to a hiring expert about why some resumes make the cut and others quickly get tossed aside. (Photo: Flickr/Just some dust)</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-refusing-to-recite-pledge-of-allegia/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-refusing-to-recite-pledge-of-allegia.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-refusing-to-recite-pledge-of-allegia" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Refusing to recite Pledge of Allegiance has long history" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 08:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-11-07/morning-shift-refusing-recite-pledge-allegiance-has Morning Shift: TIFs and Red Line reconstruction http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-05-20/morning-shift-tifs-and-red-line-reconstruction-107264 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/flickr_JeraSue.jpg" alt="" /><p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/the-morning-shift-tif-n-ride-on-the-cta.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/the-morning-shift-tif-n-ride-on-the-cta" target="_blank">View the story "The Morning Shift: TIFs and South Siders lose their rides on the CTA" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 07:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-05-20/morning-shift-tifs-and-red-line-reconstruction-107264 Tuesday's soft deadline for voter registration in Illinois http://www.wbez.org/story/tuesdays-soft-deadline-voter-registration-illinois-96576 <p><p>The voter registration deadline technically arrives on Tuesday for Illinois residents who want to cast a ballot in the March 20th primary. But it's kind of a soft deadline.</p><p>To vote on March 20th at their local polling place, voters who aren't already registered must do so by the end of the day.</p><p>"This is the official end of registration in all the traditional ways," Cook Cook County Clerk David Orr said.</p><p>Orr explains those "traditional ways" include mailing in a registration form, or by going to the secretary of state's office or to a local village clerk.</p><p>But Illinois residents who miss the Tuesday deadline are not out of luck. Starting Wednesday, they can take advantage&nbsp; of what's called "grace period registration and voting."</p><p>"It still can be done, but it's a lot more difficult than if you register before the deadline on Tuesday," Orr said.</p><p>Orr's office, which handles voting for suburban parts of Cook County, has six grace period locations. Chicago's election board has just one: its headquarters downtown.</p><p><strong>HOW TO REGISTER:</strong> <a href="http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/elections/registertovote/Pages/default.aspx">Suburban Cook County</a>, <a href="http://www.chicagoelections.com/page.php?id=170">Chicago</a>, <a href="http://www.dupageelections.com/main.asp">DuPage County</a>, <a href="http://countyclerk.lakecountyil.gov/ElectionInfo/Voter-Services/Pages/Voter-Registration.aspx#AmIRegistered">Lake County</a>, <a href="http://www.thewillcountyclerk.com/connect/site/index.jsp?menuItemId=8">Will County</a>, <a href="http://www.co.mchenry.il.us/departments/countyclerk/Pages/Elections.aspx">McHenry County</a>, <a href="http://www.kanecountyelections.org/VoterRegistration/Offices.aspx">Kane County</a> and <a href="http://www.co.kendall.il.us/county_clerk/election.htm">Kendall County</a></p></p> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/tuesdays-soft-deadline-voter-registration-illinois-96576 Chicago, Cook County must offer ballots in a new language, but which one? http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-cook-county-must-offer-ballots-new-language-which-one-94116 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-November/2011-11-16/forOdette.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Election officials in Cook County and the city of Chicago are rushing to comply with the latest elections-related mandate from the U.S. Department of Justice: to provide bilingual assistance to Asian Indians in time for the 2012 election.</p><p>“We need to get moving and get this process rolling,” said Kelly Bateman, Assistant Executive Director of the Chicago Board of Elections.&nbsp;“The election’s March 20, so you go back a good six weeks before the election, if not more,” added Bateman, referring to the Republican primary voting date in Illinois.</p><p>Bateman and her counterparts at the Cook County Clerk’s office have just a few weeks to translate all written materials and publicity pieces for the election. They also need to find bilingual poll workers and interpreters for election day to assist Indian immigrants who are registered voters. This assistance is currently available to Spanish-speaking and Chinese-speaking minorities, which qualify under <a href="http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/vot/sec_203/activ_203.php">Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act</a>.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.census.gov/rdo/pdf/PrescribedFlowFor203Determinations.pdf">federal formula</a> to determine which language groups get bilingual assistance depends on the number of voting age citizens with limited English proficiency, and the portion with less than a fifth-grade education. Until this year, the U.S. Census Bureau considered the data every ten years. Going forward, the determinations will be made every five years, based on data from the <a href="http://www.census.gov/acs/www/">American Community Survey</a>.</p><p>Bateman says her office is well-versed in providing this assistance, but accommodating Indian Americans may present some different challenges. “There could be 50-plus different types of languages or dialects in the Asian Indian language,” said Bateman. “So we need to narrow it down to one language that is recognizable and understandable by the community.”</p><p>The three most common languages spoken for Indians in Cook County are Hindi, Urdu and Gujarati, but there are dozens more, including Tamil, Punjabi, and Telugu, to name a few. And they’re not all united by a common written script, as with Chinese. So Bateman and officials with the election office in Cook County are getting knee-deep into the data to learn which precincts Indian Americans live in and which languages they speak.</p><p>Bateman says even though the written materials will only be translated into one language, poll workers and interpreters can help with others.</p><p>Bateman’s office and the Cook County Clerk’s office were surprised that Indian-Americans were the next group to qualify for language assistance. Based on numbers from the 2000 population survey, they expected Korean to be the next language.</p><p>“People can see that influx of Korean-Americans. If you go to Glenview and Northbrook, and also the Niles area, a lot of Korean businesses are booming in that area,” said Sik Sohn, Executive Director of the Korean American Resource and Cultural Center. “So that’s why I think that we expected that the Korean language would be added.”</p><p>Sohn is happy for his Indian-American counterparts, but he’s disappointed that Korean-Americans did not qualify for bilingual voting assistance. Sohn wants to see the latest data, and says based on that, he might appeal.</p><p>South Asian organizers say language access will overcome an important barrier that many Indian immigrants face when voting. But Chirayu Patel said there’s a bigger obstacle. “I think there was a lack of connection in terms of my voting, how does that affect the issues that I’m facing?”</p><p>Patel registered South Asian voters on Chicago’s far North Side for the 2006 midterm elections. He said many of them cared more about politics in India than what was happening in their congressional district.</p><p>“I think the biggest thing that we did was make that connection in terms of why voting, even if it’s at the local level, why that matters in terms of addressing the issues that you have,” Patel said.</p><p>Patel says it’s great that the feds are giving Indian-Americans a better chance to voice their opinions at the polls. The question is, will they use it?</p></p> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 11:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-cook-county-must-offer-ballots-new-language-which-one-94116 Mayoral jokes: The candidates share their best http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-21/mayoral-jokes-candidates-share-their-best-82636 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//mic_flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Campaigns may be serious things but face it &ndash; you can&rsquo;t have politics without a bit of personality! Candidates need to connect to voters, and successful leaders need to show a bit of humility. With that in mind, WBEZ's Sam Hudzik decided to investigate a previously untested aspect of Chicago&rsquo;s candidates for mayor: their humor. Hudzik asked each candidate to tell him their favorite jokes.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Hudzik presented the jokes he recorded over the weekend at the live variety show <a target="_blank" href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/"><em>The Paper Machete</em></a> in Chicago&rsquo;s Lincoln Square neighborhood<a target="_blank" href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/"></a>.</p><p>Hear jokes from all of the candidates and another former mayor (for a week, at least), David Orr at<a target="_blank" href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-02-21/mayoral-jokes-candidates-share-their-best-82486"> The&nbsp;City Room Blog<em>.</em></a><br /><br /><em>Music Button: Genji Siraisi, &quot;Surviving Freedom&quot;, from the CD Censorsh!t, (Expansion Team) </em></p></p> Mon, 21 Feb 2011 14:57:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-21/mayoral-jokes-candidates-share-their-best-82636 Mayoral jokes: The candidates share their best http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-02-21/mayoral-jokes-candidates-share-their-best-82486 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Chico laugh.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: left;">With the polls set to open just hours from now, we felt the need for a bit of fun after so much exhaustion. Don&rsquo;t get us wrong: we love policy papers, press conferences and stump speeches as much as the next Chicago media outlet. But every now and then, we want to laugh.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="350" height="217" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-February/2011-02-17/Chico laugh.jpg" alt="Gery Chico laughing following a debate on WGN-TV in late January." title="(Getty/File)" /></p><p>So we asked each of the six candidates for Chicago mayor to tell us their favorite joke. They all agreed, though we&rsquo;re not sure these are their favorites. (They all seem a bit too clean.)</p><p>We played these jokes this weekend at the <a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/">Paper Machete</a>, a live variety show in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. (Click &quot;Listen to this Story&quot; above to hear the live version, with an introduction by host Christopher Piatt. Producer Tim Mata recorded the show.) But here are the jokes themselves, in alphabetical order by candidate. Pick your favorites. And when you&rsquo;re criticizing their comedic timing, keep this in mind: at least they don&rsquo;t take themselves so seriously that they can&rsquo;t stop for a moment and tell a joke.<br /><br /><strong>Gery Chico goes with a Packers joke.</strong></p><p><span player="null" class="filefield_audio_insert_player" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-88467" href="/sites/default/files/CHICO GERY JOKE.mp3">CHICO GERY JOKE.mp3</span></p><p><strong>Miguel del Valle goes for the jugular.</strong></p><p><span player="null" class="filefield_audio_insert_player" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-88468" href="/sites/default/files/DEL VALLE MIGUEL JOKE.mp3">DEL VALLE MIGUEL JOKE.mp3</span></p><p><strong>Rahm Emanuel picks a short one.</strong></p><p><span player="null" class="filefield_audio_insert_player" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-88469" href="/sites/default/files/EMANUEL RAHM JOKE.mp3">EMANUEL RAHM JOKE.mp3</span></p><p><strong>Carol Moseley Braun, organic entrepreneur that she is, tells a food joke.</strong></p><p><span player="null" class="filefield_audio_insert_player" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-88470" href="/sites/default/files/MOSELEY BRAUN CAROL JOKE.mp3">MOSELEY BRAUN CAROL JOKE.mp3</span></p><p><strong>Patricia Van Pelt Watkins tells the grossest joke.</strong></p><p><span player="null" class="filefield_audio_insert_player" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-88471" href="/sites/default/files/VAN PELT WATKINS PATRICIA JOKE.mp3">VAN PELT WATKINS PATRICIA JOKE.mp3</span></p><p><strong>William &ldquo;Dock&rdquo; Walls goes political.</strong></p><p><span player="null" class="filefield_audio_insert_player" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-88472" href="/sites/default/files/WALLS WILLIAM DOCK JOKE.mp3">WALLS WILLIAM DOCK JOKE.mp3</span></p><p>We tried to get Mayor Richard Daley, our resident expert on mayoral humor, to weigh in on the candidates&rsquo; jokes. His office did not respond. So instead we turn to another former mayor (for a week, at least), David Orr.</p><p><strong>Cook County clerk makes no clear endorsement in mayoral joke-off.</strong></p><p><span player="null" class="filefield_audio_insert_player" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-88584" href="/sites/default/files/ORR DAVID JUDGE.mp3">ORR DAVID JUDGE.mp3</span></p><p>And there you have it. Along with issue positions, debate performances, newspaper endorsements and TV commercials to consider when you cast your ballot, you now also have some attempts at humor.</p></p> Mon, 21 Feb 2011 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-02-21/mayoral-jokes-candidates-share-their-best-82486 'Broken' TIF system needs overhaul, says Cook County clerk http://www.wbez.org/story/news/broken-tif-system-needs-overhaul-says-cook-county-clerk <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//AP10020318110_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Cook County Clerk David Orr is calling on Chicago officials to overhaul special taxing districts that siphon millions of dollars from local taxing bodies, and his request comes as aldermen and some mayoral candidates cling to these districts as a golden ticket to solving some of the city's problems, like creating more <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/affordable-housing/affordable-housing-ordinance-vote-chicago-city-council">affordable housing</a> and hiring more <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/roadblocks-for-emanuels-police-funding-plan/">police officers</a>.</p><p>Tax increment financing districts, or TIFs, are supposed to help spur economic development in blighted areas. They do this by freezing property taxes that would normally go to schools, the park district and others. When taxes go up, the extra cash is supposed to be used on infrastructure improvements and subsidies to developers. <br /><br />Orr said Chicago raked in almost $520 million from TIFs last year, an increase of about five percent, and he said it's not entirely clear where that money is going. <br /><br />&quot;That, I think, is a travesty, particularly in these hard economic times,&quot;&nbsp;he said. &quot;Taxpayers have a right to know how this money is being spent.&quot;<br /><br />Orr said city officials need to place a moratorium on new TIFs, include the districts in the city's budget process, and ensure all unused money in the districts is distributed back to taxing bodies.<br /><br />We left a request for comment with Mayor Richard Daley's office, but we didn't receive a response. The mayor used <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/chicagos-tif-surplus-budget-cure-all">about $39 million</a> from the districts to help balance his final budget, which the City Council approved last week. Orr cautioned against using TIFs as a &quot;rainy day fund.&quot;&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 24 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/broken-tif-system-needs-overhaul-says-cook-county-clerk The fallout: 2010 elections, one week later http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/fallout-2010-elections-one-week-later <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2010-November/2010-11-08/AP1002030458-dillard-Jim Prisching.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The attack ads on TV have disappeared. Campaigns are wrapping up their operations. Pundits and columnists have already moved on to the next big thing. And political reporters like me have started catching up on their sleep. So with the exhaustion beginning to wear off, here are a few final thoughts on what we saw last week:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="195" width="280" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-07/ballot.JPG" alt="" title="" /></p><p><strong>Would Dillard have done better? </strong></p><p>State Sen. Bill Brady's concession speech on Friday formally wrapped up the governor's race that appeared all-but-settled Tuesday night. It was a tough loss for state GOPers, indeed. Nearly all signs pointed in their direction during the campaign. It's not every election that Republicans will be handed an ethics scandal from a Democratic governor, a budget mess occurring under the watch of a Democratic-controlled government, an unpopular Democratic incumbent and an unfavorable national mood toward Democrats. But even all those factors didn't add up to enough votes for Brady.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/bill-brady/some-il-republicans-wonder-what-if-dillard-had-beaten-brady">Some Republicans</a> say if the runner-up in the primary, state Sen. Kirk Dillard, had been the nominee, the outcome would have been different. Dillard may have been able to win more votes in the Chicago suburbs than Brady, who - after all - had a lot of catching up to do. He finished the primary <a href="http://results.cookcountyclerk.com/summary.aspx?eid=020210">with just 5-percent support in suburban Cook</a>, beating only DuPage County Board Chair Bob Schillerstrom, who'd already pulled out of the race. But Dillard, dogged in the primary for his decision to appear in a commercial for President Obama, may have had a harder time winning over conservatives downstate than Brady did. I'm not suggesting they would've voted for Quinn over Dillard, but maybe some wouldn't have turned out, or perhaps more of them may have supported a third party or independent candidate, like Scott Lee Cohen or Libertarian Lex Green.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="379" width="379" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-08/AP1002030458-dillard-Jim Prisching.jpg" /></p><p>At the end of this, though, the Illinois Republican Party picked up a handful of seats in the Illinois House and Senate, flipped three or four congressional seats, took the president's former U.S. Senate seat and snagged two constitutional offices. That's not a bad result for the new state party chair, Pat Brady - <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/news/illinois-republican-party-chair-quits">just 15 months into the job</a> - to add to his political resume.</p><p><strong>Lisa Madigan is no longer the state's top vote-getter. </strong></p><p>In 2006, Lisa Madigan led all other statewide candidates by getting 2,521,113 votes in her re-election bid for attorney general. This year, Madigan still demolished her opponents, but her total dropped slightly. That allowed the 2002 top vote getter, Secretary of State Jesse White, to reclaim his crown. White this year received 2,558,671 votes and counting.</p><p>Could Madigan have been hurt slightly by voter association with her father, House Speaker Mike Madigan, who was on the receiving end of relentless Republican and editorial attacks this past year? Perhaps. But she still bested her GOP opponent, attorney Steve Kim, by more than 30 points. What politician could be unhappy with a win like that? <strong><br /></strong></p><p><strong>Still no Asian-American elected official in state government. </strong></p><p>Steve Kim was often introduced by other Republicans as the first Asian American statewide candidate in Illinois. He would've, indeed, made history if he'd convinced a few hundred thousand more Illinoisans to support him.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="195" width="280" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-07/kim.png" alt="" title="" /></p><p>Also eying history was Hamilton Chang, the Republican candidate for the Illinois House in the North Suburban 17th District. In a list on his campaign website of <a href="http://www.changforchange.org/issues/10_reasons_to_vote_for_hamilton.aspx">ten reasons for voters to support him</a>, Chang included diversity: &quot;I stand to be the first Asian American in the Illinois Legislature, which represents not only a big step for the Asian community but also for our State. Diversifying our state government will bring new voices and ideas to the table.&quot; It didn't happen; Chang lost to Democrat Daniel Biss by about 4,000 votes, or 10-percent. <strong><br /></strong></p><p><strong>The judges all survived. </strong></p><p>Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride faced an onslaught of negative ads from some of the state's business groups. Kilbride needed to get the support of 60-percent of voters in the Third Judicial District (includes, in its eastern nook, Will and Kankakee counties) to keep his seat; he got 66-percent.</p><p>Before the election, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/election-file-voting-guide-should-i-%E2%80%98retain%E2%80%99-these-judges-or-boot-them">we wrote</a> that a handful of judges in Cook County were being targeted for defeat by lawyers' groups. None appear to have gotten lower than 63-percent, continuing an undefeated streak that the Chicago Appleseed for Justice says goes back to 1990.</p><p><strong>The most Republican nook in a Democratic county.</strong></p><p>It's no surprise that Democrats won big in Cook County - as a whole. But, as usual, there were parts of Cook that were more red than blue. We took a look at unofficial returns from the Cook County Clerk, who oversees elections in suburban areas of the county, to find the Republicans.</p><p>In 2008, Barrington Township was one of just three Cook townships that favored Republican presidential nominee John McCain over Democrat Barack Obama. This year, again, Barrington residents turned out for the GOP. Close to 70-percent of voters in the township voted for Bill Brady, and nearly 72-percent voted for Mark Kirk, providing those Republicans with their largest percentages in suburban Cook. Barrington was also the only township to vote for Republican Angel Garcia over Democratic incumbent David Orr in the contest for Cook County Clerk, and to favor Frederick Collins over Tom Dart in the race for sheriff.</p><p>The most Republican section of Chicago was the 41st Ward, according to early numbers tallied by the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. The 41st was the only ward won by Kirk, who took close to 52-percent of the vote there. It also delivered the highest percentage in the city to Brady, with 45-percent of the vote for the Republican. Quinn still won the ward, though. No Chicago ward abandoned the hometown governor.</p></p> Mon, 08 Nov 2010 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/fallout-2010-elections-one-week-later Polls will stay open late in seven suburban Cook County precincts http://www.wbez.org/story/cook-county/polls-will-stay-open-late-seven-suburban-cook-county-precincts <p><p>In a written release, Cook County Clerk David Orr said a judge has ordered seven precincts in suburban Cook County to stay open for voting until 8 p.m. tonight due to opening late.&nbsp;Voters registered in these precincts are permitted to vote&nbsp;up to one hour after the statewide poll-closing time of 7 p.m. All voters in line by the 8 p.m. deadline will be allowed to cast a ballot in the following precincts.</p><p><strong>Niles</strong><strong> 29</strong><br /> LINCOLNWOOD PLACE<br /> 7000 McCormick<br /> Lincolnwood, IL 60045</p> <div><strong>Northfield</strong><strong> 25</strong><br /> ST CATHERINE LA BOURE SCHOOL<br /> 3425 Thornwood Lane<br /> Glenview IL 60025</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><strong>Northfield</strong><strong> 66</strong><br /> COLE PARK<br /> 1031 Kenilworth<br /> Glenview, IL 60025</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><strong>Northfield</strong><strong> 67</strong><br /> COVENANT VILLAGE<br /> 2625 Techny Road<br /> Northbrook, IL 60062</div><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><strong>Proviso 46</strong><br /> MC CLURE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL<br /> 4225 Wolf Road<br /> Western Springs, IL 60558&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div><div style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><strong>Proviso 53</strong><br /> WASHINGTON SCHOOL<br /> 1111 Washington Blvd<br /> Maywood, IL 60153</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;">&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Proviso 95</strong><br /> VICTORY CENTRE<br /> 1800 Riverwoods Drive<br /> Melrose Park, IL 60160</div></p> Tue, 02 Nov 2010 22:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/cook-county/polls-will-stay-open-late-seven-suburban-cook-county-precincts