WBEZ | Democrat http://www.wbez.org/tags/democrat Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Madigan predicts passage of civil unions legislation http://www.wbez.org/story/budget/madigan-predicts-passage-civil-unions-legislation <p><p>The Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives thinks the General Assembly could allow civil unions for gay couples.Democrat Michael Madigan gave his predictions about what might happen during the remainder of the fall veto session.<br />&nbsp;<br />&quot;I just say that based on my conversations with many people.&nbsp; That... it's an appropriate thing to do.&nbsp; It's an appropriate thing to do,&quot;&nbsp;Madigan said.</p><p>Madigan also addressed the state's budget deficit, an estimated $13.5 billion. He says it could take between three and five years to close the gap.<br /><br />The Speaker says cuts need to be coupled with a tax increase. But he wouldn't say if an income tax hike proposal would be called for a vote during this session.</p></p> Wed, 17 Nov 2010 19:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/budget/madigan-predicts-passage-civil-unions-legislation Peraica loses in re-election bid for Cook County board http://www.wbez.org/story/16th-district/peraica-loses-re-election-bid-cook-county-board <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2010-November/2010-11-03/cityroom_20080722_rwildeboer_2028979_Comm_large.png" alt="" /><p><p>Republican Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica appears to have lost in his re-election bid for the 16<sup>th</sup> District seat on the Cook County Board of Commissioners. With 223 of 230 precincts reporting, Democrat Jeffrey Tobolski has 51 percent of the vote.</p> <div>Peraica was charged with one count of criminal destruction of property for allegedly tearing up signs advertising his Democratic opponent just days ago. Peraica blamed Tobolski, who is also mayor of McCook, for encouraging his arrest. Peraica said previously he plans to file a lawsuit for violation of his rights.</div></p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 05:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/16th-district/peraica-loses-re-election-bid-cook-county-board Kirk wins U.S. Senate race over Giannoulias http://www.wbez.org/story/alexi-giannoulias/kirk-wins-us-senate-race-over-giannoulias <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2010-November/2010-11-02/AP101101027791.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Republican Mark Kirk has captured the Senate seat once held by the president, dealing an embarrassing blow to Democrats.</p><div>Kirk defeated Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias in one of the nation's ugliest and most closely watched Senate races.</div><div>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div>Giannoulias faced attacks over his family's failed bank, which gave loans to two men involved in organized crime. Meanwhile, Kirk was forced to apologize after the disclosure that he had made false claims about his military record.</div><div>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div>The Illinois race got more attention than most Senate campaigns because this was the seat held by Barack Obama before his move to the White House.</div></p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 04:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/alexi-giannoulias/kirk-wins-us-senate-race-over-giannoulias Judy Baar Topinka wins Illinois comptroller race http://www.wbez.org/story/comptroller/judy-baar-topinka-leads-comptroller-race <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2010-November/2010-11-02/Judy Barr Topinka (AP file M. Spencer Green).jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated At: 11:58pm</em> Republican Judy Baar Topinka has won the race for Illinois comptroller.</p><p>Democratic State Rep. David Miller conceded the race earlier this evening. He said he called Republican Judy Baar Topinka to offer his best wishes.</p> <div>With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Topinka had 53 percent of the vote, and Miller had 40 percent. Green Party candidate Erika Schafer and Libertarian Julie Fox also ran.</div> <div>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>The comptroller maintains the state's accounts, signs checks to employees and pays bills. The office also has a role in regulating cemeteries.</div> <p>10,878 of 11,209 precincts - 97 percent</p> <div>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> <p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 02:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/comptroller/judy-baar-topinka-leads-comptroller-race Berrios wins assessor race http://www.wbez.org/story/assessor/berrios-wins-assessor-race <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2010-November/2010-11-02/joe berrios courtesy of friends of joe berrios for assessor.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Democrat Joseph Berrios will be Cook County's next assessor, defeating independent Forrest Claypool.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>With 79 percent of precincts reporting, Berrios had about 47 percent of the vote, compared with Claypool's 32 percent. Republican Sharon Strobeck-Eckersall had about 18 percent and the Green Party's Robert Grota received nearly 3 percent.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Berrios has been involved in Democratic politics since he was a teenager. He's a member of the county's tax appeals board.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>He's also faced criticism for his relatives' jobs and alleged tax breaks for friends and political donors.</p><p>Claypool conceded Tuesday evening. He's a county commissioner who was the former chief of staff for Mayor Richard M. Daley.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Cook County Assessor Jim Houlihan is retiring.</p></p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 02:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/assessor/berrios-wins-assessor-race Preckwinkle takes county board president race http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/preckwinkle-takes-county-board-president-race <p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Longtime Chicago alderwoman Toni Preckwinkle has been elected Cook County board president over Republican Roger Keats and Green Party candidate Tom Tresser.</span></p> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">With 76 percent of precincts reporting, Preckwinkle had about 69 percent of the votes on Tuesday, compared with 27 percent for Keats and 4 percent for Tresser.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Preckwinkle gave a victory speech Tuesday evening. She says it's a new day in Cook County and vows to clean up corruption and balance the budget in the nation's second largest county.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">She'll take over from Cook County Board President Todd Stroger. For 16 years, his family has held the post overseeing a $3 billion budget and some 24,000 jobs.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Stroger's tenure has also been marked by allegations of corruption and patronage.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">3,116 of 4,507 precincts - 69 percent</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Toni Preckwinkle, Dem 607,187 - 68 percent</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Roger Keats, GOP 247,243 - 28 percent</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Thomas Tresser, Grn 36,401 - 4 percent</span></div></p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 02:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/preckwinkle-takes-county-board-president-race Preckwinkle, Berrios among leaders in Cook County races http://www.wbez.org/story/assessor/preckwinkle-berrios-among-leaders-cook-county-races <p><div>With more than half of Cook County precincts reporting, Democrat Toni Preckwinkle has a big lead in the race to replace Cook County Board President Todd Stroger. Democrat Joe Berrios currently leads Independent challenger Forrest Claypool in the assessor race.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">2,834 of 4,507 precincts - 63 percent</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Cook County Board President:</div><div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Toni Preckwinkle, Dem 551,491 - 68 percent</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Roger Keats, GOP 228,058 - 28 percent</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Thomas Tresser, Grn 33,401 - 4 percent</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^County Assessor Cook County</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">2,834 of 4,507 precincts - 63 percent</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Joseph Berrios, Dem 373,051 - 46 percent</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Forrest Claypool, Ind 266,099 - 33 percent</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Sharon Strobeck-Eckersall, GOP 152,038 - 19 percent</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Robert Grota, Grn 21,563 - 3 percent</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^County Clerk Cook County</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">2,834 of 4,507 precincts - 63 percent</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">David Orr, Dem (i) 619,753 - 76 percent</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Angel Garcia, GOP 191,265 - 24 percent</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^Sheriff Cook County</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">2,834 of 4,507 precincts - 63 percent</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Thomas Dart, Dem (i) 617,986 - 76 percent</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Frederick Collins, GOP 164,036 - 20 percent</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Marshall Lewis, Grn 29,622 - 4 percent</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^County Treasurer Cook County</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">2,834 of 4,507 precincts - 63 percent</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Maria Pappas, Dem (i) 617,072 - 76 percent</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Carol Morse, GOP 195,921 - 24 percent</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">^Water Commissioner Cook County WatCom</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">2,790 of 4,423 precincts - 63 percent</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Michael Alvarez, Dem 402,316 - 23 percent</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Mariyana Spyropoulos, Dem 397,701 - 22 percent</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Barbara McGowan, Dem 387,171 - 22 percent</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Paul Chialdikas, GOP 243,115 - 14 percent</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Jimmy Tillman, GOP 144,658 - 8 percent</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Diana Horton, Grn 88,387 - 5 percent</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Jack Ailey, Grn 58,743 - 3 percent</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Nadine Bopp, Grn 55,138 - 3 percent</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 10pt;">3 to be elected.</span></div></p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 01:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/assessor/preckwinkle-berrios-among-leaders-cook-county-races 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 AP: Republican Hultgren defeats Foster in 14th http://www.wbez.org/story/14th-congressional-district/ap-republican-hultgren-defeats-foster-14th <p><p>Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster has been defeated by Republican Randy Hultgren in Illlinois' 14th congressional district. With 76 percent of precincts reporting, Hultgren had 51 percent of the votes on Tuesday and Foster had about 45 percent.</p><p>The 14th district stretches west of Chicago and is heavily Republican. Foster won the seat in a special election in 2008 after former House Speaker Dennis Hastert retired after two decades. Hultgren is an investment adviser. He was a state representative for nearly a decade before serving in the state Senate.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 01:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/14th-congressional-district/ap-republican-hultgren-defeats-foster-14th Dold wins in the 10th http://www.wbez.org/story/10th-district/dold-wins-10th <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2010-November/2010-11-02/Robert Dold via Dold For Congress.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Republican businessman Robert Dold has won the state's only open congressional seat by narrowly defeating three-time Democratic candidate Dan Seals.</p><p>With 94 percent of precincts reporting on Tuesday, Dold had 51 percent of the votes, compared with Seals' 49 percent. The race was closely watched and means Illinois now has a Republican majority congressional delegation for the first time in seven years.</p><p>Dold is the owner of a suburban Chicago pest control company. The 10th congressional district stretches north of Chicago. It has been largely Republican but had recently been trending Democratic.</p><p>Five-term Republican Congressman Mark Kirk gave up the seat and won President Barack Obama's old Senate seat on Tuesday.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 01:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/10th-district/dold-wins-10th