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Column Tue Feb 02 2010

Election Results Open Thread: So, How'd Your Guy/Gal Do?

Share your thoughts about yesterday's election in the comments. Yes, there was an election yesterday.

 
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Camille / February 3, 2010 8:05 AM

Why don't we have runoffs in Illinois? I grew up in Texas, where a candidate has to get more than 50% of the vote in order to win a party's primary. If no one gets more than 50%, then there is a runoff between the top two candidates. That way, the one who wins the party's nomination actually got the majority of the votes. It's quite common for the candidate who came in second to win the runoff.

Frank / February 3, 2010 8:16 AM

Green Party Illinois gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney will probably make a good showing again in the general, due to the loss of Dan Hynes for the Dems.

Green Party candidate Tom Tresser is a very charismatic speaker and should have some lively exchanges with Toni Preckwinkle and this Keats guy for Cook County Board president. (And wasn't Todd Stroger's fourth-place finish a deliciously just dessert?!)

Less hopeful is LeAlan Jones for U.S. Senate making a decent Green showing. He's even younger than Alexi Giannoulias, and even the most dedicated Greens might want to make sure this Burris-tainted seat (formerly Obama's) doesn't turn GOP like it did when Carol Mosely-Braun lost it in '98.

I am encouraged to see that many moderates in the Republican party won over staunch conservatives--except in the Aurora/far west 'burbs area in which the choice was staunch and stauncher. The winner proudly exclaims he was endorsed by the nuts at "Concerned women for America". (Translation: he loves guns and hates gay people.) Bill Foster, you MUST NOT lose your seat to this individual!

Jesse / February 15, 2010 11:19 AM

My judicial candidate Abbey Fishman Romanek ran for Cook County Judge, 9th Subcircuit "Otaka Vacancy."

She's down 50 votes to the front-runner in a race with almost 40,000 votes cast.

I'm hoping a recount in that race will put her over the top.

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Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...

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Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

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