WBEZ | The Election File http://www.wbez.org/series/election-file Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Election 2012: Where are the artists? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-10/election-2012-where-are-artists-103487 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F65515031&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/democracy%20burlesque_0.jpg" style="height: 299px; width: 400px; float: left; " title="Democracy Burlesque (WBEZ/Alison Cuddy)" />It&rsquo;s a rainy weekday night in Chicago and Democracy Burlesque is doing their regular political satire. The sketch comedy troupe started the show in 2006. Their blend of songs and skits skewers both sides of the political spectrum.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">This year they&rsquo;ve ramped up their schedule &ndash; they now perform weekly.&nbsp;Tonight though, the crowd is sparse. At first, artist director Erik Parsons chalked it up to the weather.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">But backstage, after the show, he said people just aren&rsquo;t as excited as they were in 2008. He thinks that election was different: &quot;I think our audience in particular felt they were voting <em>for </em>something, which was kind of new.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">That&rsquo;s been the general take on this year&rsquo;s election. Like the sophomore effort of a breakout band, 2012 just doesn&rsquo;t have the electricity and novelty of&nbsp; &#39;08.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Ray Noland, the artist known as CRO, certainly thinks so. Four years ago he got deep into politics.</div><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6609_noland FINAL.jpg" style="height: 404px; width: 400px; float: right; " title="Ray Noland's iconic stencil of candidate Barack Obama" />His art started to pop up all over Chicago&#39;s buildings and sidewalks.</p><p>Maybe you saw one: a simple, black-and-white stencil of Obama, the candidate in silhouette, his sleeves rolled up, shaking hands with another man, whose head is a map of the United States.</p><p>Noland said, &quot;I wanted to talk about black identity and his being the first black president and how that was an issue, I think, for a lot of people.&quot;</p><p>Noland even took his art on the road, putting on shows across the country. His images became famous. But this year, he said he&rsquo;s just an observer.</p><p>&quot;The&nbsp;past four years for me, I mean, they haven&rsquo;t been that great. They&rsquo;ve actually been four really tough years, I would argue, almost tougher than the previous eight-year administration.&quot;</p><p>Noland&rsquo;s not the only artist who&rsquo;s lost his enthusiasm. This election hasn&rsquo;t galvanized the art world the same way. There haven&#39;t been iconic images that have gone viral, like&nbsp;Shepard Fairey&rsquo;s silkscreen&nbsp;<em>Hope.</em>&nbsp;No one&#39;s written a feel-good anthem like will.i.am&rsquo;s <em>Yes We Can.&nbsp;</em></p><p>Art critic James Yood said he&#39;s not surprised. He thinks 2008 was an anomaly. He hasn&#39;t seen anything like it since the &#39;60s, when visual artists like Andy Warhol got involved in campaigns.</p><p>But artists jumping on board campaigns is much rarer now.</p><p>&quot;That&rsquo;s much less of a common practice today,&quot; Yood said. &quot;Not in the sense of fear or cowardice or anything like that. It&rsquo;s simply that the agenda has changed, and people look inward to understand their politics, not outward.&quot;</p><p>Yood isn&rsquo;t even sure how much influence artists have on elections, whether or not they get people out to vote. He added, &quot;And I&rsquo;m sure Obama does better having Bruce Springsteen appear than he would if Jasper Johns is going to make a poster in support of his candidacy.&quot;</p><p>If artists don&rsquo;t always play a role in elections, they themselves can be transformed by politics.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6618_FM%20Supreme-scr.jpg" style="height: 268px; width: 400px; float: left; " title="FM Supreme is rapping and registering voters for President Obama" />Chicagoan Jessica Disu is the hip hop artist&nbsp;FM Supreme.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;President Obama has a lot to do with me &hellip;. getting my life back on track,&quot; she said.</p><p>2008 was the first time she was old enough to participate in a presidential election. She voted for Barack Obama and gave him a couple of shout-outs on her mix tape.&nbsp;Now Disu&rsquo;s 24. She&rsquo;s still making beats about the president. But mainly she&rsquo;s doing politics, like registering young people to vote.</p><p>&quot;What I&rsquo;m doing is using my music, my influence and my hip hop to educate our youth, educate my peers, educate the elders,&quot; Disu said.</p><p>And though she&rsquo;s not entirely happy with her candidate, she&rsquo;s still on board this time around. &quot;At the root of it, I&rsquo;m not sure I believe in American politics, but I still believe in President Obama. I believe in a better America. And it&rsquo;s all about the people we put in place.&quot;</p><p>In an election year where the outcome of the race may come down to a small percentage of voters, that&rsquo;s likely sweet music to the president.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-10/election-2012-where-are-artists-103487 Mayoral frontrunners face off in first major debate http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/mayoral-frontrunners-face-first-major-debate <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Rahm with press_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Last night the four frontrunners for mayor gathered for their first <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wttw.com/main.taf?p=42,8,80">major debate</a> of the election. The candidates did not generate a lot of sparks. But there were quite a few questions &ndash; nearly three dozen of them. And they were posed by high schoolers. The answers - as is often the case in political debates - were less specific than the questions.</p><p>&quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; was joined by WBEZ's political reporter Sam Hudzik for a debrief.</p></p> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 14:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/mayoral-frontrunners-face-first-major-debate Mark Kirk sworn-in to Senate http://www.wbez.org/story/duck-durbin/mark-kirk-sworn-senate <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/KIRK6.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois has a new U.S. senator. Republican Mark Kirk was sworn in Monday evening by Vice President Joe Biden. After administering the oath of office, Biden embraced Kirk and said, &quot;Congratulations, senator. Welcome.&quot;</p><p>With that, Kirk - a five-term member of the U.S. House from north suburban Highland Park - ascended to the upper chamber. Kirk was joined on the Senate floor by Illinois' senior senator, Democrat Dick Durbin, along with former Sen. Peter Fitzgerald, who was the last Republican to have represented the state in the Senate.</p><p>On November 2nd, Kirk won a full six-year term, and also a special election to replace Sen. Roland Burris for the final weeks of the 111th Congress.</p><p>A spokesman for Kirk said, by the end of the week, the new senator expects to take over the office space held by Burris.</p><p>Kirk's presence in the Senate may be felt almost immediately. Burris was in favor of repealing the &quot;Don't Ask, Don't Tell&quot; policy for gay service members, and supportive of immigration legislation known as the DREAM Act. Kirk has said he opposes those efforts at this time. Both issues are expected to come up for votes during the lame duck session.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 29 Nov 2010 23:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/duck-durbin/mark-kirk-sworn-senate Emanuel says voters aren't focused on his residency http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-mayor/emanuel-says-voters-arent-focused-his-residency <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/IMG_0238_0.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Rahm Emanuel is responding to objections filed with the Chicago election board against his candidacy. They allege the ex-White House chief of staff is ineligible to run for mayor, because he rented out his house while living in Washington.</p><p>Since the complaints were filed - <a href="http://www.chicagoelections.com/dm/general/document_3207.pdf">there are now at least 15 of them</a> - Emanuel has relied on surrogates to speak for him. But on Monday morning, at a press conference at a factory on the city's Northwest side, Emanuel took a few questions from reporters.</p><p>He said voters are thinking about things like jobs, instead of whether he meets the one-year residency requirement for candidates.<br /><br />&quot;They know in the city of Chicago, the basic political games and tricks that go on [in] the city of Chicago,&quot; Emanuel said.<br /><br />Despite claiming his residency is a non-issue to voters, Emanuel spent some time talking about his Chicago roots, in detail.<br /><br />&quot;I was born in the city of Chicago,&quot; Emanuel said. &quot;I raised my kids in the city of Chicago. I own a home in the city of Chicago. I pay property taxes in the city of Chicago. I have a car registered in the city of Chicago. I vote from the city of Chicago, and I was a congressman from the city of Chicago. My uncle was a police officer in the city of Chicago. My father was a pediatrician in the city of Chicago - for over 40 years - and my grandfather came to the city of Chicago in 1917 from Russia.&quot;<br /><br />Ultimately, the residency law will be interpreted by the three-member Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. If that decision is appealed, the courts will rule on whether Emanuel can stay on the ballot. He is one of 20 candidates vying to replace Mayor Richard Daley.</p></p> Mon, 29 Nov 2010 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-mayor/emanuel-says-voters-arent-focused-his-residency With most candidate petitions in, mayoral campaigns consider ballot challenges http://www.wbez.org/story/barack-obama/most-candidate-petitions-mayoral-campaigns-consider-ballot-challenges <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/braun.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>More than a half-dozen candidates for Chicago mayor have filed their paperwork with the board of elections, and some are already looking for ways to kick each other off the ballot.</p><p>U.S Rep. Danny Davis and City Clerk Miguel del Valle were quick to acknowledge their campaigns will look for mistakes in their rivals' petitions.<br /><br />&quot;We always take a cursory look,&quot; Davis said. &quot;You know, everybody kind of [does] that.&quot;</p><p>Del Valle said, &quot;That's a standard operating procedure.&quot;<br /><br />Another candidate for mayor, former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun was less direct when asked if she would challenge her rivals' petitions.</p><p>&quot;We're going to do everything we can to get the message to the people of Chicago that we're serious, and we're up for this...campaign,&quot; Moseley Braun said.<br /><br />Candidates for mayor must collect 12,500 signatures from registered voters, but most submit more in order to survive objections.</p><p>All the major candidates turned in their signatures yesterday except for state Senator James Meeks. His spokesman says they'll be filed before next Monday's deadline.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 16 Nov 2010 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/barack-obama/most-candidate-petitions-mayoral-campaigns-consider-ballot-challenges Analysis: Chicago mayoral hopefuls file for the ballot http://www.wbez.org/story/andrew-holmes/analysis-chicago-mayoral-hopefuls-file-ballot <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/holmes.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Most candidates for Chicago mayor are now one step closer to getting on the ballot. Monday was the first day they could file the required 12,500 signatures with the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. By 9 o&rsquo;clock Monday morning when the office doors opened, the line of candidates snaked through the underground pedway below Daley Plaza.<br /><br />WBEZ&rsquo;s political reporter Sam Hudzik was there. He joined host Shawn Allee to talk about the day, and what's ahead in the race for mayor.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 15 Nov 2010 22:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/andrew-holmes/analysis-chicago-mayoral-hopefuls-file-ballot Chicago's mayoral hopefuls file their petitions http://www.wbez.org/story/carol-moseley-braun/chicagos-mayoral-hopefuls-file-their-petitions <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/chico.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Two candidates for Chicago mayor said they each turned in close to 100,000 signatures Monday along with their campaign paperwork. It was the first day candidates for city offices can file their nominating petitions, so long lines formed outside an office of the Chicago Board of Elections.<br /><br />Candidates for mayor must file 12,500 signatures from registered voters, though some file more to try to avoid objections from rival campaigns.</p><p>&quot;We collected a lot more than 40,000, but we're turning in 40,000 that're solid,&quot; City Clerk Migel del Valle said.</p><p>Both U.S. Rep. Danny Davis and former Chicago Board of Education President Gery Chico said their campaigns collected more than 50,000 signatures.</p><p>Former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun showed up with more than 91,000 signatures, according to her campaign. That's about the same number Rahm Emanuel's campaign turned in Monday morning, though Emanuel himself didn't show.<br /><br />Also missing from the hectic scene downtown was state Sen. James Meeks, another mayoral hopeful. Meeks' spokesman said, &quot;We took a pass on the craziness today.&quot; The senator has until next Monday to file his signatures.</p></p> Mon, 15 Nov 2010 21:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/carol-moseley-braun/chicagos-mayoral-hopefuls-file-their-petitions Petitions for mayor can be turned in today http://www.wbez.org/story/autograph/petitions-mayor-can-be-turned-today <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/bob palmer.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Long lines will form Monday morning at the Chicago Board of Elections. That's because candidates for mayor, city clerk, treasurer and aldermen can start turning in their nominating petitions Monday. Mayor Daley-wannabees must submit 12,500 signatures to get on the ballot. But it's not always easy to get people to sign.<br /><br />It was not been the best night of signature collection for Jonathan Logemann.<br /><br />LOGEMANN: Yes, sir. Are you a Chicago voter?<br />PASSERBY: Yup. I just got to catch a train.<br />LOGEMANN: It's just two seconds here...for Rahm Emanuel signature if you're interested. Alright. Thank you.<br /><br />LOGEMANN: Tonight it's been awful. I only have six viable ones. <br />HUDZIK: What's that, in like 45 minutes or so? <br />LOGEMANN: Yeah - in about 45 minutes, which is terrible.<br /><br />In the middle of Chicago's Loop, Logemann, a high school teacher, is volunteering for Rahm Emanuel's campaign for mayor, which apparently is reason enough for some people to ignore him, and others to...<br /><br />LOGEMANN: I even had one person say 'F-off' to me today.<br /><br />Okay, so, a tough crowd this day. But Logemann says he's collected hundreds of signatures for Emanuel in the past month. And he has a system.<br /><br />LOGEMANN: Well, I just try to kind of open up my arms and ya know, like, 'I come in peace. I'm not asking for your money or anything.' Ask them if they're a registered Chicago voter. You know, just try to put a smile on your face.<br /><br />Monica Embrey has another trick. She's a volunteer for Miguel del Valle's campaign for mayor.<br /><br />EMBREY: I actually like waving, and just saying hi...<br />HUDZIK: You wave. You wave at them. As they're walking down the street?<br />EMBREY: Yup. And not when they're right next to me. But when they're a couple feet back. So they know that's who I'm talking to.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="263" width="350" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/monica embrey.jpg" alt="" /><br />&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: left;">Standing below a loud El stop in Chicago's loop, around noon, Embrey is holding two clipboards.<br /><br />EMBREY: It makes it faster for people. They appreciate that, too.<br /><br />And it's working. She gets 46 signatures in about an hour. Embrey is unemployed, volunteering for del Valle about 20 hours a week. Some campaigns rely on paid signature collectors. And others use a mix of&nbsp; volunteers and campaign staff - staff like...<br /><br />REYES: I'm Robert Reyes. And I'm a community organizer on the Gery Chico campaign for mayor of Chicago.<br /><br />These past few weeks, signature collection has been his life. I caught up with Reyes in the city's Beverly neighborhood, outside a Starbucks, in the morning, which - he admits - is not the best time to intercept&nbsp; potential signers.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="263" width="350" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/robert reyes.jpg" alt="" /><br />&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: left;">REYES: When someone's walking, I try to get in their walkpath, and then when you get in their walkpath, it's a lot easier to stop them. <br />HUDZIK: It's harder for them to just keep walking past, I guess.<br />REYES: Exactly. Exactly. You literally stop them in their path.<br /><br />I don't want to give you the wrong idea about Reyes. He's not body-blocking anybody. But he is persistent, and says - when talking about Chico's campaign - he delivers different messages to different people.<br /><br />REYES: Like, mothers want to hear about education. Sometimes the gentlemen want to hear about jobs. Depends on the neighborhood. If we're on the West Side or the Southwest Side of Chicago, they want to hear about, what is he going to do about the cops? Are we going to get more cops on the beat?<br /><br />And these are big questions that some Chicagoans want answered before they sign. That said, signing a petition in no way ties a voter to a particular candidate. They can vote for whoever they want. But they are only allowed to sign one petition for each office, like mayor or alderman, according to Jim Allen with the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.<br /><br />ALLEN: Technically, it's illegal for anyone to sign more than one petition for a candidate for that office.<br />HUDZIK: Illegal for the voter? Like the voter is doing something illegal when they sign two?<br />ALLEN: Yes, but I don't want to scare anybody. I've never seen, and no one that I know has ever seen, anybody prosecuted for signing more than one petition.<br /><br />But those extra signatures might not end up counting. You see, campaigns for mayor have to turn in 12,500 signatures - valid signatures.<br /><br />ALLEN: But this is a process that involves humans and humans sometimes make mistakes.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="262" width="350" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/daniel la spata.jpg" alt="" /><br />&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: left;">So mayoral campaigns plan to turn in at least two or three times as many signatures as are required, so their candidate doesn't get booted from the ballot. That's because their opponents may go line-by-line through their petitions, and object to signatures if the voter isn't registered, or they're registered at an old address, or maybe the signature itself just doesn't match what's in the computer.<br /><br />ALLEN: Someone who registered with our agency perhaps 20 years ago, your autograph may have changed over time.<br /><br />During the last election for mayor and aldermen, Allen says 208 objections were filed. Objections can take weeks to settle, longer if they wind up in court. Some candidates will lose so many signatures in the process that they won't be candidates anymore. And no crew of volunteers, smiles, waves or sidewalk body-blocking can get them back on the ballot.</p></p> Mon, 15 Nov 2010 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/autograph/petitions-mayor-can-be-turned-today Emanuel, Davis announce mayoral bids; Meeks to follow http://www.wbez.org/story/barack-obama/emanuel-davis-announce-mayoral-bids-meeks-follow <p><p>Updated at 11:30A.M. on 11/14/2010 by City Room and Associated Press</p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">As expected, Illinois U.S. Congressman Danny Davis has formally announced he's running for mayor of Chicago. Davis' Sunday announcement came the day after former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel officially began his run to replace Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.</span></p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--> <p class="MsoNormal" style=""><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">State Sen. James Meeks is expected to declare his candidacy later Sunday.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style=""><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">Davis</span><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"> was tapped earlier this month by a coalition of black leaders as their preferred candidate. They chose him over other finalists that included Meeks and former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun. Davis is a Democrat who has been in Congress since 1997. He previously served on the Cook County Board and the Chicago City Council.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style=""><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;">In prepared remarks Saturday, Emanuel told supporters, &ldquo;Chicago is where I was born, and where my children were raised. They are the fourth generation of my family to live here. Only the opportunity to help President Obama as his chief of staff could have pried me away from here. And only the opportunity to lead this city could have pried me away from the president&rsquo;s side.&rdquo;</span></p><p>Sunday evening, state Sen. James Meeks (D-Chicago) will officially start his candidacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.</p><p>The list of expected candidates also includes City Clerk Miguel del Valle, ex-school board head Gery Chico and former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun. Starting Monday morning, mayoral candidates can turn in their nominating petitions, including the required 12,500 signatures of registered Chicago voters.</p></p> Sat, 13 Nov 2010 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/barack-obama/emanuel-davis-announce-mayoral-bids-meeks-follow 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