WBEZ | Democratic http://www.wbez.org/tags/democratic Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Break it Down: Democrats on guns and Wall Street http://www.wbez.org/news/break-it-down-democrats-guns-and-wall-street-113334 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/hilary debate.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res448462171" previewtitle="Democrats Bernie Sanders (from left), Hillary Clinton and Martin O'Malley debate in Las Vegas."><div data-crop-type="" style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Democrats Bernie Sanders (from left), Hillary Clinton and Martin O'Malley debate in Las Vegas." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2015/10/14/gettyimages-4925314301_wide-97b970dbdaa506beb9a237782692a0317ffe304e-s600-c85.jpg" style="height: 348px; width: 620px;" title="From left, Democrats Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Martin O'Malley debate in Las Vegas. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)" /></div><div><div><p>Democratic presidential hopefuls sparred over gun control policy and financial regulation during their first presidential debate.</p></div></div></div><p>Here&#39;s a closer look at what the candidates were debating in Las Vegas.</p><p><strong>Gun Control</strong></p><blockquote><div><p><em>Hillary Clinton: &quot;We have to look at the fact that we lose 90 people a day from gun violence. This has gone on too long, and it&#39;s time the entire country stood up against the NRA.&quot;</em></p></div></blockquote><p>Clinton was criticizing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for his opposition to past gun control bills in Congress. Sanders insists he&#39;s not carrying water for the National Rifle Association and actually gets a D-minus on the gun lobby&#39;s legislative scorecard. Sanders argued that he supports some gun safety measures (a ban on assault-style weapons and requiring background checks for purchasers at gun shows). Moreover, Sanders argued that his past votes accurately represented his constituents&#39; views.</p><blockquote><div><p><em>Sanders: &quot;I come from a rural state. And the views on gun control in rural states are different than in urban states, whether we like it or not.&quot;</em></p></div></blockquote><p>Gun control is a polarizing issue. Nearly 3/4 of Democrats come down in support of gun control, while Republicans are much more likely to focus on gun rights. So Clinton&#39;s support for tighter rules on guns puts her on solid ground in the Democratic primary.</p><p>But it could be a different story in the general election. Historically, Democratic White House hopefuls &mdash; including Barack Obama &mdash; have not campaigned aggressively on gun control for fear of losing rural votes. The question is whether the party is now effectively writing off those areas, so Clinton has little to lose by deliberately courting pro-gun control voters.</p><p><strong>Financial Regulation</strong></p><p>Another issue where there is some daylight between the Democrats is bank regulation. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O&#39;Malley, who has struggled to make much of an impression with primary voters so far, tried to capitalize on the issue with a proposal to break up big banks.</p><blockquote><div><p><em>O&#39;Malley: &quot;We need to separate the casino, speculative, mega-bank gambling that we have to insure with our money from the commercial banking. Namely, reinstating Glass-Steagall.&quot;</em></p></div></blockquote><p>O&#39;Malley&#39;s proposal would restore a Depression-era firewall between commercial banking &mdash; where ordinary people put their savings accounts and maybe get a home loan &mdash; and potentially riskier investment banking.</p><p>Breaking up big banks is an article of faith with many progressive voters in the Democratic Party. They fear that many banks have become too big and too risky and will trigger another financial crisis. But none of the institutions that helped trigger the 2008 crisis &mdash; Lehman Brothers, AIG, Countrywide &mdash;combined investment and commercial banking.</p><p>Clinton disagreed with O&#39;Malley on this point. Like Sanders&#39; record on gun control, Clinton&#39;s position may be rooted in her parochial interests as a former senator from New York, where many big banks are headquartered. Clinton has proposed a tax on the biggest banks, which could encourage some downsizing. President Obama has been pushing a similar tax for a number of years now, and so far it hasn&#39;t gone anywhere.</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2015/10/14/448461864/break-it-down-democrats-on-guns-and-wall-street?ft=nprml&amp;f=448461864" target="_blank"><em>via NPR</em></a></p></p> Wed, 14 Oct 2015 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/break-it-down-democrats-guns-and-wall-street-113334 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