WBEZ | robin kelly http://www.wbez.org/tags/robin-kelly Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Different rules for female athletes trying to go pro http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-04-21/morning-shift-different-rules-female-athletes-trying <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Cover Flickr Keoni Cabral.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Congresswoman Robin Kelly looks back at her first year in office. Also, we take a look at the double standard when it comes to college basketball players going pro. And, remembering Chicago jazz pianist King Flemming.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-different-rules-for-female-ballers-t/embed?header=false&border=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-different-rules-for-female-ballers-t.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-different-rules-for-female-ballers-t" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Different rules for female athletes trying to go pro" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-04-21/morning-shift-different-rules-female-athletes-trying Morning Shift: Different rules for female athletes trying to go pro http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-04-21/morning-shift-different-rules-female-athletes-tryin-0 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Cover Flickr Keoni Cabral.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Congresswoman Robin Kelly looks back at her first year in office. Also, we take a look at the double standard when it comes to college basketball players going pro. And, remembering Chicago jazz pianist King Flemming.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-different-rules-for-female-ballers-t/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-different-rules-for-female-ballers-t.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-different-rules-for-female-ballers-t" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Different rules for female athletes trying to go pro" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-04-21/morning-shift-different-rules-female-athletes-tryin-0 Morning Shift: Coping with the high cost of renting http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-12-16/morning-shift-coping-high-cost-renting-109378 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Flickr stevendamron.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Housing reporter Dennis Rodkin discusses how renters across the country are dealing with higher prices. Curious City figures out the fate of supplies and materials from closed schools. And, Cheryl Raye-Stout tells us what we have to look forward to in Chicago sports.</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-rent/embed?header=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-rent.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-rent" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Coping with the high cost of renting" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 07:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-12-16/morning-shift-coping-high-cost-renting-109378 Robin Kelly sworn in to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. http://www.wbez.org/news/robin-kelly-sworn-replace-jesse-jackson-jr-106610 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Screen Shot 2013-04-11 at 1.53.56 PM.png" alt="" /><p><p>WASHINGTON &mdash; Former Illinois state Rep. Robin Kelly was sworn in Thursday as the newest member of the House, taking over the seat held for 17 years by scandal-tarnished Jesse Jackson Jr.</p><p>Kelly, in remarks made after being sworn in by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, stressed her commitment to combating gun violence, passing immigration reform, creating jobs and improving the health care system.</p><p>Kelly scored an easy special-election victory Tuesday over a Republican opponent in the heavily Democratic 2nd District in south Chicago.</p><p>During the February primary and the election, Kelly concentrated on guns and violence, issues of keen interest in her district as Chicago struggles to reduce its high murder rate. Her campaign received $2 million in backing from the political action committee of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a leading gun-control supporter.</p><p>&quot;I ran for Congress so that I could work to bring about a safer, less violent and more prosperous future, one in which our children can grow up without the fear of gun violence,&quot; she said on the House floor after taking the oath of office.</p><p>&quot;I look forward to working with you to protect our children from criminals and protect our Second Amendment rights for law-abiding citizens, because we should and can do both,&quot; she said.</p><p>Jackson, son of human rights leader Jesse Jackson, resigned in November after citing health concerns and acknowledging he was under federal investigation. He pleaded guilty in February to spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal expenses.</p><p>With Kelly&#39;s addition, the lineup in the House became 232 Republicans, 201 Democrats and two vacancies.</p></p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 13:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/robin-kelly-sworn-replace-jesse-jackson-jr-106610 Biden: Illinois election sends message on guns http://www.wbez.org/news/biden-illinois-election-sends-message-guns-105784 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/RS7067_AP295119131125-scr(1).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>WASHINGTON &mdash; Vice President Joe Biden argued Wednesday that the primary election victory of a gun control advocate to represent Illinois in Congress sends a message that voters won&#39;t stand for inaction in response to shooting violence after the Connecticut school shooting.</p><p>Robin Kelly was elected Tuesday as the Democratic nominee in a Chicago-area district to replace former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., forced out in an ethics scandal, after running on gun control. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg&#39;s political fund poured $2 million into television ads against an opponent who had been highly rated by the National Rifle Association.</p><p>&quot;For the first time since Newtown, voters sent a clear unequivocal signal,&quot; Biden told state attorneys general gathered at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington.</p><p>&quot;The voters sent a message last night, not just to the NRA but to the politicians all around the country by electing Robin Kelly, who stood up, who stood strong for gun safety totally consistent with our Second Amendment rights,&quot; Biden said. &quot;The message is there will be a moral price as well as a political price to be paid for inaction. This is not 1994. People know too much.&quot;</p><p>In 1994, Congress passed an assault weapons ban and some lawmakers who supported it paid an electoral price by being voted out of office. But Biden argued the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., that killed 20 students and six workers has changed the gun debate in a way he&#39;s never seen.</p><p>&quot;This senseless act not only shocked the conscience of the American people, but I believe it has changed and galvanized the attitude of the American people demanding concrete action. I&#39;ve been doing this for a long time. The public mood has changed,&quot; Biden said, his voice rising to a yell. &quot;The excuse that it&#39;s too politically risky to act is no longer acceptable. We cannot remain silent. We have to become the voices of those 20 beautiful children.&quot;</p><p>Biden has been the White House&#39;s leader on pushing for gun control legislation, including a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and a push for universal background checks. The vice president planned to meet later in the day with Bloomberg at the White House.</p></p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 11:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/biden-illinois-election-sends-message-guns-105784 Anti-gun Democrat wins primary to replace Jackson Jr. http://www.wbez.org/news/anti-gun-democrat-wins-primary-replace-jackson-jr-105776 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP Robin Kelly.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The newly elected Democratic nominee to replace disgraced former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. vowed to become a leader in the fight for federal gun control and directly challenged the National Rifle Association in her victory speech.</p><p>Robin Kelly, a former state representative, emerged early as a voice for gun control after Jackson resigned in November. Then she gained huge momentum when New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg&#39;s super PAC poured $2 million into anti-gun television ads that blasted one of her Democratic opponents, former Rep. Debbie Halvorson, for receiving a previous high rating from the NRA.</p><p>Kelly supports an assault weapons ban, while Halvorson does not.</p><p>&quot;We were on the right side of the issue, and our message resonated,&quot; Kelly said shortly after her win.</p><p>In her victory speech, she promised to fight &quot;until gun violence is no longer a nightly feature on the evening news&quot; and directly addressed the NRA, saying &quot;their days of holding our country hostage are coming to an end.&quot;</p><p>Bloomberg called Kelly&#39;s win an important victory for &quot;common-sense leadership&quot; on gun violence, saying in a statement that voters nationwide are demanding change.</p><p>But other Democratic front-runners accused Bloomberg of buying a race and interfering in the heavily urban district that also includes some Chicago suburbs and rural areas.</p><p>&quot;It shows, unfortunately, you can&#39;t go up against that big money. ... That&#39;s the problem with super PACs,&quot; said Halvorson, who unsuccessfully challenged Jackson in a primary last year. &quot;There is nothing I could have done differently.&quot;</p><p>Because the district is overwhelmingly Democratic, Kelly&#39;s primary win all but assures she will sail through the April 9 general election and head to Washington.</p><p>In the Republican contest, Chicago resident Paul McKinley led Eric Wallace, a publisher of Christian books, by 23 votes with a handful of precincts still uncounted. McKinley, a former felon, describes himself as a grassroots activist on behalf of ex-offenders.</p><p>The race was the district&#39;s first wide-open primary since 1995, when Jackson was first elected to Congress. He resigned in November after a months-long medical leave for treatment of bipolar disorder and other issues, then pleaded guilty this month to spending $750,000 in campaign money on lavish personal items.</p><p>Even with his legal saga playing out in the courts, the gun debate dominated the primary, which featured 14 Democrats. The election came after Chicago saw its deadliest January in more than a decade, including the fatal shooting of an honors student just days after she performed at President Barack Obama&#39;s second inauguration.</p><p>Political experts and fellow candidates said the super PAC money made all the difference, particularly in an election with a short primary and low voter turnout.</p><p>&quot;The money bought Kelly a tremendous among of attention,&quot; said Laura Washington, a political analyst in Chicago. &quot;She tapped into a real hard nerve out there in the community. People are really concerned about gun control and violence. She was smart to focus like a laser on that issue.&quot;</p><p>Bloomberg&#39;s entrance into the race became controversial, at least with the candidates and some voters.</p><p>The Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent has long taken a vocal stance against guns. He launched his super PAC weeks before the November election and spent more than $12 million to back seven candidates nationwide, including newly elected Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod, a California Democrat who ousted an incumbent during a race where guns were an issue.</p><p>On Tuesday, Kelly told supporters that she would work with Obama and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to get gun control legislation through Congress.</p><p>However, gun-rights advocates dismissed the notion that Kelly&#39;s election and Bloomberg&#39;s attention would fuel the debate on gun control.</p><p>&quot;This is an aberration,&quot; said Illinois State Rifle Association spokesman Richard Pearson. &quot;This shows what you can do with $2 million in an offseason race. He bought the election.&quot;</p><p>Another Democratic front-runner, Chicago Alderman Anthony Beale, also took issue with the ads, saying people were &quot;extremely upset&quot; that someone from New York was trying to tell people in Illinois how to vote.</p><p>&quot;That&#39;s what money gets you,&quot; he said after conceding the race. &quot;We earned every vote.&quot;</p><p>Roughly 14 percent of registered voters came to the polls, an estimate Chicago officials called the lowest turnout in decades. Adding to the problem was a blast of wintry weather that snarled traffic and could have kept some voters home.</p><p>But those who did cast ballots indicated that guns, ethics and economic woes were on their minds.</p><p>Mary Jo Higgins of Steger, a south Chicago suburb, said she voted for Halvorson because the former congresswoman was &quot;the only Democrat who believes in the Second Amendment.&quot;</p><p>But Country Club Hills minister Rosemary Gage said she voted for Kelly because she was &quot;standing with (Obama) and trying to get rid of guns.&quot;</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s really bad in Chicago and across the country,&quot; Gage said. &quot;Too many children have died.&quot;</p></p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 20:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/anti-gun-democrat-wins-primary-replace-jackson-jr-105776 Lisa Madigan, Jesse White, Dan Rutherford win state races http://www.wbez.org/story/attorney-general/democrats-lead-races-illinois-statewide-offices <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2010-November/2010-11-02/Lisa_Madigan_convocation.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated At: 12:02am </em>The Associated Press has declared Republican Dan Rutherford the winner in the Illinois treasurer race over Democrat Robin Kelly.</p><p>Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Secretary of State Jesse White were declared winners in their re-election bids earlier this evening. Both are Democrats. Republican Judy Baar Topinka won the state comptroller race.</p><p>The updated numbers in statewide elections are below.</p><p><strong>Attorney General</strong><br />10,878 of 11,209 precincts - 97 percent<br />x-Lisa Madigan, Dem (i) 2,297,286 - 64 percent<br />Steve Kim, GOP 1,132,431 - 32 percent<br />David Black, Grn 79,618 - 2 percent<br />Bill Malan, Lib 52,565 - 1 percent</p> <p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Secretary of State</strong><br />10,878 of 11,209 precincts - 97 percent <br />X-Jesse White, Dem (i) 2,483,154 - 70 percent<br />Robert Enriquez, GOP 967,067 - 27 percent<br />Josh Hanson, Lib 111,144 - 3 percent</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Comptroller</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;10,878 of 11,209 precincts - 97 percent</div> <div>&nbsp;X Judy Baar Topinka, GOP 1,861,385 - 53 percent</div> <div>David Miller, Dem 1,427,213 - 41 percent</div> <div>Julie Fox, Lib 116,173 - 3 percent</div> <div>Erika Schafer, Grn 112,786 - 3 percent</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Treasurer</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;10,870 of 11,209 precincts - 97 percent</div> <div>&nbsp;X Dan Rutherford, GOP 1,749,261 - 50 percent</div> <div>Robin Kelly, Dem 1,571,381 - 45 percent</div> <div>Scott Summers, Grn 111,580 - 3 percent</div> <div>James Pauly, Lib 66,231 - 2 percent</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><strong>Amendment Recall of Governor</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;X10,828 of 11,209 precincts - 97 percent</div> <div>&nbsp;x-Yes,&nbsp;2,064,756 - 66 percent</div> <div>No,&nbsp;1,082,346 - 34 percent</div></p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 01:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/attorney-general/democrats-lead-races-illinois-statewide-offices Down-ballot candidates try to get some attention ahead of Tuesday http://www.wbez.org/story/alexi-giannoulias/down-ballot-candidates-try-get-some-attention-ahead-tuesday <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2010-October/2010-10-29/kelly web.png" alt="" /><p><p>Candidates in Illinois are entering their final weekend of campaigning before next Tuesday's election, and those running for lower-profile jobs are just trying to get some attention. Some are barely sleeping, or - like Democrat Robin Kelly - are losing their voices.</p><p>&quot;Oh, I'm all over the place,&quot; Kelly said Friday during an interview on her cell phone. &quot;I'm on my way to Schaumburg now, actually. We'll be at a rally in Chicago Heights.&quot;<br /><br />Kelly is currently chief of staff for Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias. With Giannoulias running for U.S. Senate, Kelly is going for the office's top job. In this crowded election year, she acknowledges most of the spotlight is elsewhere.<br /><br />&quot;I know people are more interested in the governor's race and the Senate race, but I feel like I'm holding my own,&quot; Kelly said.<br /><br />Kelly is running against Republican state Senator Dan Rutherford, the Green Party's Scott Summers and James Pauly from the Libertarian Party.</p><p>Illinois voters next Tuesday are electing all statewide offices, members of Congress, all state representatives, a third of state senators and hundreds of county officials and judges.</p></p> Fri, 29 Oct 2010 18:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/alexi-giannoulias/down-ballot-candidates-try-get-some-attention-ahead-tuesday The Election File Voting Guide: Down-ballot Illinois races http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/election-file-voting-guide-down-ballot-illinois-races <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2010-October/2010-10-28/topinka web.png" alt="" /><p><div style="text-align: center;"><img width="280" height="195" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-October/2010-10-28/topinka web.png" alt="" title="" /></div><div style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">By now you are no doubt well aware of the policy and stylistic differences between Gov. Pat Quinn and state Sen. Bill Brady. And let&rsquo;s just go out on a limb and say you&rsquo;ve heard all you need to hear about state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias&rsquo; &ldquo;mob loans&rdquo; and Congressman Mark Kirk&rsquo;s military record &ldquo;lies.&rdquo; But next Tuesday you&rsquo;ll be asked to weigh-in on a bunch of other races, as well &ndash; ones you may have heard little &ndash; or nothing, perhaps &ndash; about. Our bad. We only have so much air time to cover so many contested offices. But let&rsquo;s try to make up for it now, with this quick guide to some down-ballot races on the state level.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>We&rsquo;ve listed the candidates in alphabetical order, and included links to their campaign websites, money filings with the Illinois State Board of Elections and any endorsements they received from the <i>Chicago Tribune</i>, <i>Chicago Sun-Times</i> or <i>Daily Herald</i>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><b>Attorney General</b></div> <div><b>&nbsp;</b></div> <div>Two-term incumbent Democrat Lisa Madigan <a href="../../../../../../story/news/politics/madigan-explains-decision-stay-put">opted last summer not to run</a> for the U.S. Senate, or for governor. The daughter of Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan cited family concerns and a love for her current office. Republican Joe Birkett, the state&rsquo;s attorney of DuPage County, originally planned to challenge her, but <a href="../../../../../../story/news/politics/birkett-explains-decision-leave-ag-race">then thought better of it</a>. Madigan destroyed her challengers in a recent <i>Chicago Tribune</i> <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/elections/ct-met-illinois-statewide-races-20101025,0,138025.story">poll</a>, and has swept the Chicago-area newspaper endorsements.</div> <blockquote><ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in;"><li>David Black of Belvidere, Green: <a href="http://www.blackforattorneygeneral.com/">website</a>, no money filing with state</li><li>Steve Kim of Northbrook, Republican: <a href="http://www.stevekimforag.com/">website</a>, <a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=24175">money</a></li><li>Lisa Madigan of Chicago, Democrat: <a href="http://www.lisamadigan.org/">website</a>, <a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=12953">money</a>, <i><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-statewide-20101011,0,6658378.story">Tribune<span style="font-style: normal;"> endorsement</span></a></i>, <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/elections/endorsements/2810968,CST-EDT-edit18a.article"><i>Sun-Times</i> endorsement</a>, <i><a href="http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20101018/discuss/710199933/">Daily Herald<span style="font-style: normal;"> endorsement</span></a></i>, interview</li><li>Bill Malan of Chicago, Libertarian: <a href="http://www.bill4ag.org/">website</a>, <a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=25107">money</a></li></ul></blockquote> <div><b>Secretary of State</b></div><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="280" height="195" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-October/2010-10-28/white web.png" alt="" title="" /></p><div>Democrat Jesse White has been Secretary of State since 1999, when then-incumbent George Ryan ascended to the governor&rsquo;s mansion. He&rsquo;s running this year for a fourth term, and <a href="../../../../../../story/news/politics/jesse-white-running-re-election">has said it would likely to be his last one</a>. A recent <i>Chicago Tribune</i> <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/elections/ct-met-illinois-statewide-races-20101025,0,138025.story">poll</a> found White more than 50 percentage points ahead of his closest challenger.</div> <blockquote><ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in;"><li>Robert Enriquez of Aurora, Republican: <a href="http://www.ilstatesec.com/">website</a>, <a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=24002">money</a></li><li>Josh Hanson of Wheaton, Libertarian: <a href="http://joshhanson2010.com/">website</a>, no money filing with state</li><li>Jesse White of Chicago, Democrat: <a href="http://www.jessewhite2010.com/home">website</a>, <a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=13211">money</a>, <i><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-statewide-20101011,0,6658378.story">Tribune<span style="font-style: normal;"> endorsement</span></a></i>, <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/elections/endorsements/2810968,CST-EDT-edit18a.article"><i>Sun-Times</i> endorsement</a>, <i><a href="http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20101018/discuss/710199931/">Daily Herald<span style="font-style: normal;"> endorsement</span></a></i></li></ul></blockquote> <div><i>Note:</i> The Green Party&rsquo;s slated candidate, Adrian Frost, withdrew from the race.</div> <div><b>&nbsp;</b></div> <div><b>Comptroller</b></div> <div><b>&nbsp;</b></div> <div>When Dan Hynes challenged Pat Quinn for the Democratic nomination for governor, he created a vacancy in the office that cuts the checks for the state of Illinois. This is an <a href="../../../../../../story/news/politics/illinois-billions-unpaid-bills-who-gets-paid-and-when">especially difficult job right now</a>, what with the state&rsquo;s checking account approaching dangerously low balances. The race to succeed Hynes is marked by the political return of Republican Judy Baar Topinka, who is a former state treasurer and 2006 Blagojevich casualty. She leads in the recent <i>Tribune</i> <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/elections/ct-met-illinois-statewide-races-20101025,0,138025.story">poll</a> by more than 30 points.</div> <blockquote><ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in;"><li>Julie Fox of Dundee, Libertarian: <a href="http://www.foxforcomptroller.com/">website</a>, <a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=24093">money</a></li><li>David Miller of Lynwood, Democrat: <a href="http://www.davidmillerforillinois.com/">website</a>, <a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=24177">money</a></li><li>R. Erika Schafer of Chicago, Green: <a href="http://www.electerika2010.com/">website</a>, no money filing with state</li><li>Judy Baar Topinka of Riverside, Republican: <a href="http://www.judybaartopinka.com/">website</a>, <a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=24176">money</a>, <i><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-statewide-20101011,0,6658378.story">Tribune<span style="font-style: normal;"> endorsement</span></a></i>, <i><a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/elections/endorsements/2787528,CST-EDT-edit10a.article">Sun-Times<span style="font-style: normal;"> endorsement</span></a>, <a href="http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20101018/discuss/710199935/">Daily Herald <span style="font-style: normal;">endorsement</span></a></i></li></ul></blockquote> <div><b>Treasurer</b></div> <div><b>&nbsp;</b></div> <div>In 2006, Judy Baar Topinka left the treasurer&rsquo;s office in favor of a campaign for governor. Four years later, her successor, Democrat Alexi Giannoulias picked a campaign for the U.S. Senate over another four years as treasurer. With the office again up for grabs, Republican state Sen. Dan Rutherford is locked in a tight race against Democrat Robin Kelly, according to the recent <i>Chicago Tribune</i> <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/elections/ct-met-illinois-statewide-races-20101025,0,138025.story">poll</a>. Kelly is the de-facto incumbent in this election, since she&rsquo;s served as Giannoulias&rsquo; chief of staff.</div> <blockquote><ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in;"><li>Robin Kelly of Matteson, Democrat: <a href="http://www.robinfortreasurer.com/">website</a>, <a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=23457">money</a>, <i><a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/elections/endorsements/2787530,CST-EDT-edit10b.article">Sun-Times<span style="font-style: normal;"> endorsement</span></a></i></li><li>James Pauly of Chicago, Libertarian: <a href="http://pauly4illinois.com/">website</a>, no money filing with state</li><li>Dan Rutherford of Chenoa, Republican: <a href="http://www.danrutherford.org/">website</a>, <a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=24178">money</a>, <i><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-statewide-20101011,0,6658378.story">Tribune<span style="font-style: normal;"> endorsement</span></a>, <a href="http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20101018/discuss/710199929/">Daily Herald <span style="font-style: normal;">endorsement</span></a></i></li><li>Scott Summers of Harvard, Green: <a href="http://www.summersfortreasurer.org/">website</a>, <a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateDetail.aspx?ID=25028">money</a></li></ul></blockquote> <div><b>Illinois General Assembly</b></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" style="width: 287px; height: 287px;" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-October/2010-10-28/general assembly.png" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Democrats currently hold a 37 to 22 majority in the Illinois Senate. Republicans expect to narrow that gap, but even in their wildest dreams don&rsquo;t imagine taking control of the chamber. GOP leaders are dreaming, though, of grabbing the Speaker&rsquo;s gavel from Mike Madigan in the Illinois House. It won&rsquo;t be easy; they would need to pick up a net of 12 seats.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>If you don&rsquo;t know who represents you in the legislature, plug your address into the state board of elections&rsquo; <a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/DistrictLocator/DistrictOfficialSearchByAddress.aspx">website</a>. Most candidates for the legislature will have a website. You can also see who&rsquo;s funding their campaigns <a href="http://www.elections.state.il.us/CampaignDisclosure/CandidateSearch.aspx">here</a>, and read who the newspapers are endorsing (<i><a href="http://elections.chicagotribune.com/editorial/">Chicago Tribune</a>, <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/elections/endorsements/2814930,sun-times-endorsements-101910.article">Chicago Sun-Times</a>, <a href="http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20101027/discuss/710289957/">Daily Herald</a></i>).</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Still to come</strong></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>This is the third installment of our general election voting guides. Here are the others:</div> <blockquote><ul type="disc" style="margin-top: 0in;"><li><b>Tuesday:</b> <a href="../../../../../../blog/city-room-blog/election-file-voting-guide-should-i-%E2%80%98retain%E2%80%99-these-judges-or-boot-them">judicial elections</a></li><li><b>Wednesday: </b><a href="../../../../../../blog/city-room-blog/election-file-voting-guide-blagojevich-inspired-constitutional-amendment">proposed constitutional amendment on recall</a></li><li><b>Today:</b> down-ballot Illinois races</li><li><b>Friday:</b> <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/election-file-voting-guide-cook-county%E2%80%99s-down-ballot-races">down-ballot Cook County races</a></li><li><b>Next Monday:</b> what to do if you don&rsquo;t like any of the candidates</li></ul></blockquote></p> Thu, 28 Oct 2010 18:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/election-file-voting-guide-down-ballot-illinois-races Illinois' longshot candidates: Who are they and why do they bother? http://www.wbez.org/story/angel-garcia/illinois-longshot-candidates-who-are-they-and-why-do-they-bother <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2010-October/2010-10-27/gop web.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>You've heard of Lisa Madigan, no doubt. But have you heard of Steve Kim? You may know who David Orr is. But what about Angel Garcia? Those names you probably didn't recognize - they're on the ballot next week in Cook County and Illinois.&nbsp;But - excuse us for being frank - those candidates stand next to no chance of winning.</p><p>So what motivates them to challenge the odds? Why do they bother? To find out, we talked to some candidates who are longshots - or once were.<br /><br />Last weekend, Dan Rutherford was greeted a bit like a celebrity when he walked into a sparsely-furnished second floor office in Chicago&rsquo;s East Side neighborhood.</p><p>A Republican state senator from Chenoa, about two hours southwest of Chicago, Rutherford is a candidate for state treasurer.</p><p>RUTHERFORD: The people in Illinois - all the way from this 10th Ward, to the county of Cook, clear to deep Southern Illinois - they're mad.</p><p>Rutherford rallied the dozen or so local volunteers who would be passing out Republican campaign literature later in the day.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>He stood alongside 3 other Republican candidates - Angel Garcia running for Cook County clerk, Isaac Hayes for Congress, and Steve Kim, on the ballot for Illinois attorney general.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>RUTHERFORD: Is it alright with you guys, if I ask all of them to vote for the four of us?<em> (laughter)</em> Alright. We have a unanimous decision.</p><p>But unlike Rutherford, who is in a competitive race for treasurer against Democrat Robin Kelly, the three other Republicans at this small rally don't have much of a chance of winning. They are longshots. They know it. Rutherford knows it.</p><p>RUTHERFORD: Yup, it's an uphill battle. It's going to be really tough. But having gone through one of those myself, I appreciated it when someone I felt knew what they was doing would embrace me, encourage me, congratulate me for something good and to kind of give me the pat on the back.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Rutherford is referring to his own &quot;uphill battle&quot; four years ago, when he ran for Secretary of State against Jesse White. This year, he's got newspaper endorsements, raised a lot of money, and is running TV commercials.&nbsp;But back then, Jesse White crushed him by more than a million votes.&nbsp;That campaign, though, allowed Rutherford to introduce himself to voters, meet reporters and local leaders, basically - learn how to run a statewide campaign.</p><p>RUTHERFORD: Because now, when Dan Rutherford from central Illinois comes in to and talks on Korean radio - okay - and I was just there a couple days ago. When I go in and do Korean radio, it's like, 'Oh, senator, you're back again. Thank you.' So there's a familiarity that has come about because of that.</p><p>Rutherford has shared his experiences with Steve Kim, a lawyer and former aide to Governor Jim Edgar whose only elected office was as a trustee for Northbrook Township. He entered a race that no other Republican in Illinois dared enter - to challenge the incumbent attorney general, Lisa Madigan.</p><p>KIM: I think I have ideas and the background and experience that can help improve the lives of the people of this state. And that doesn't stop November 2nd. So the voters and the people of Illinois haven't heard the last of me.&nbsp;</p><p>Even though he's thinking beyond the election, Kim - like every candidate I talk to - says he's in this race to win it. But do they really believe it, and if so, how?&nbsp;Maybe there's some academic field that studies this stuff - perhaps a combination of political science and psychology.</p><p>KROSNICK: I am a political psychologist. So that means I study the psychology of political behavior.</p><p>And we have our expert. Jon Krosnick is with Stanford University. He heads up the political psychology institute there, and says there's a good reason these candidates say they're in it to win it. Because, he says, at least to some extent,&nbsp; they are.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>KROSNICK: We are all optimistic, by nature. That we cannot make it from day to day unless we live with what psychologists call positive illusions. And the idea that a candidate running says, 'Well, I could win,' you know that's not completely unreasonable.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>But longshot candidates don't all jump in the race for the same reasons, Krosnick says.&nbsp;He divides them into two categories.</p><p>KROSNICK: The first is that young candidates who are planning a long career in politics realize that the first time they run, they're not very well known, they're not very experienced and connected. But they've got to get their feet in the water in order to get a sense of how the process works and to begin to develop a reputation.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>So that's the first group. Longshot candidates in the second category, Professor Krosnick says, are motivated by message.&nbsp;For example, Ross Perot in his presidential campaigns. He mostly wanted to get a stage - in political debates or campaign commercials - to influence the issues and maybe get a bit of attention.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>KROSNICK: It's a very effective way of getting into a spotlight for a sustained period of time and getting lots of discussion about a particular philosophy.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Not all candidates, though, think they fall into Krosnick's two categories.</p><p>WALLS: I'm probably in that third category which is a person with a message who's watched sports and watched politics and I've seen the improbable become possible.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Bill &quot;Dock&quot; Walls is a community activist from Chicago who's launched campaigns in the past for Congress, for city clerk, for mayor, for governor, and now - again - for mayor.</p><p>HUDZIK: Is there a risk that you just get this label, perennial candidate, and then you're not taken seriously?<br /><br />WALLS: No. You know, the media would love to label me a perennial candidate. But most people in the African American community, most people in the progressive community, many people in the Latino community, don't even know what perennial means and they don't care. We teach our children if at first you don't succeed, try, try again. So when people speak of me they speak of me as someone who's undaunted and willing to take on the challenges.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>As Walls reminds me, longshot candidates sometimes - not often, perhaps - but sometimes, they win. And there is, I acknowledge, a <em>Catch-2</em>2 in my even labelling someone a longshot candidate.&nbsp;Those labels stick, reinforcing the idea that underdogs like Bill &quot;Dock&quot; Walls cannot possibly win. That doesn't exactly help a campaign attract volunteers or donations.</p><p>But candidates like Steve Kim have a plan for when reporters ask about their longshot status.</p><p>KIM: I stick to my message. And I stick to the positives. I stick to my background and experience, and I stick to what I'm going to do when I'm the state's next attorney general. Everyone else that wants to talk about an 'uphill battle,' I can't stop them from that.</p><p>A <em>Chicago Tribune</em> poll released this week shows Kim trailing Lisa Madigan by nearly 50-points.&nbsp;Regardless, Madigan a few weeks ago started playing T-V ads about her record.&nbsp;&nbsp;No matter why Madigan decided to spend money on ads, it makes Steve Kim a little proud.</p><p>After all, his opponent may be ignoring him, but at least she isn't ignoring the election.</p></p> Thu, 28 Oct 2010 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/angel-garcia/illinois-longshot-candidates-who-are-they-and-why-do-they-bother