Thanksgiving Week puts another scandal on the president's plate.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Thanksgiving Week puts another scandal on the president's plate.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
A columnist who's covered Jackson since his first days in public office suggests Obama's rise sent Jackson to his downfall.
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.— who came into Congress bearing the heavy weight of his family name and lofty ambitions — counted Chicago's third airport as a signature issue for the better part of his time in office. And there's been no stauncher advocate for that project than Southtown columnist Phil Kadner. Construction of such an airport would bring much-needed jobs to an area plagued by chronic unemployment, and the airport itself, once realized, would serve as an economic engine for decades to come. So went the mantra. Targeted for a rural area outside the 2nd District until the latest congressional remap put the land into his district, Jackson's pursuit of the airport irritated Democrats and Republicans alike, from Chicago to Will …
Friday, November 9, 2012
The president captured his home state in Tuesday's election, but how did he fare in the Will County precincts that cover the village?
Bolingbrook was a Barack Obama town on Tuesday. Of the village's 29 precincts, Obama/Biden won in 28. The single winner for Romney/Ryan was Precinct 3, where the Republicans garnered 56.7 percent of the vote. Only one precinct, Precinct 4, was closely contested, with Obama/Biden receiving 50.13 percent of the vote. In every other precinct, Obama/Biden won with at least 57 percent of the vote, and multiple precincts hit 75 percent for Obama. The full results are below. Obama/ Biden Votes Romney/ Ryan Votes
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
What will 2012 ballots in northern Illinois show about President Obama's support at home?
Updated at 3 a.m., Chicago time By Dennis Robaugh After NBC and CNN projected President Obama's re-election, the president sent a message shortly thereafter on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." Illinois, of course, was never in play. Our state's 20 electoral votes were stuck in the president's back pocket as far back as his inauguration in 2008. But in 2008's historic election, President Obama carried every collar county in northern Illinois. In 2012, the president narrowly lost out to Mitt Romney in Kane County, Kendall County and McHenry County, with 99 percent of precincts reporting. Voter turnout again was very strong. Local polling places even reported lines at 6 a.m. with voters waiting to get…
Obama supporters from around the suburbs and the city of Chicago waited to see the president during an election night rally in McCormick Place.
Waiting for the president to arrive at McCormick Place on election night, supporter Ignacio Ayala of Plainfield said he hoped the night would bring some of the same excitement as the rally in Grant Park in 2008. "I hope it's the same," said Ayala. "That was big." More than 10,000 people are expected to rally around President Barack Obama as he and his campaign members await election results tonight. Like Ayala, other Obama supporters said they, too, were hopeful that the election results would bring cause for celebration. Elvin and Nicole Knox, from Homewood, said they had been checking predictions on CNN and Politico all day. Nicole said she had voted for Bush in 2004, and her husband said he had voted for Bush or had not voted at all. …
About 15 minutes after the polls closed, news media sources put Illinois in the Obama column, giving the president 20 electoral votes.
President Barack Obama won Illinois’ 20 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Republican Mitt Romney. Illinois, of course, was never in play. The only visit the president made to his home state late in the campaign came Oct. 25, when he returned to the South Side to cast an early ballot at the Martin Luther King Community Center. Obama is the first president to ever vote early in a presidential election. The Wall St. Journal and the Associated Press called the state about 15 minutes after the polls closed. The president's handling of the economy is a major factor in many voters' decision this year. "This election bears serious significance for our future," said Sheila Brady of Orland Park, outside her Fernway Elementary School polling …
The debaters were selected from a pool of students. They then researched their candidate and debated before the school Thursday.
Editor's note: The following is a press release from Valley View School District 365U. With their school’s mock presidential election just a day away, 10 Jonas Salk Elementary School 5th graders debated the merits of the candidacies of President Obama and Governor Romney in front of their fellow students Thursday afternoon. The debaters, who were selected from a pool of students after making qualifying speeches before debate moderator Jeff Ortmann, spent eight mornings before school researching their assigned candidates and developing public speaking skills. “They learned how to gather ideas and put them together in a way the audience can understand them,” said 5th grade teacher Christina Grigsby, who was the “coach” for the Obama debate …
The students overwhelmingly chose Barack Obama in a recent mock election over both Mitt Romney and Gary Johnson.
The results are in -- Bolingbrook High School has overwhelmingly picked Democrat Barack Obama for president. Thousands of Bolingbrook High School students voted last Tuesday in a mock presidential election. Students chose from three candidates: Libertarian Gary Johnson, Republican Mitt Romney and Democrat Barack Obama. But students only saw Candidates A-C on their ballots. "We wanted the students to get involved in politics," said Kristin Sarama, who teachers freshman history and heads up this year's mock election committee. "We wanted them to do the research based on beliefs, not whether or not they know the name." Before the mock election, Social Studies teachers reviewed the platforms of each candidate with their students. Six main …
Monday, November 5, 2012
The results of the school's mock presidential election will be announced this week.
Tibbott Elementary School students will anxiously watch the results of the Presidential election after casting their own ballots last week in the school library. In recent weeks, Tibbott students in grades 2-5 not only learning about presidential elections through a BrainPop video, but also registering to vote. Last week, they filed in their ballots while standing one-at-a-time in a mini voting both in the library, voting for either President Obama or Governor Romney. After they’ve marked their ballots, students place the ballots in a red, white and blue ballot box where they will remain until polls close. Every student who votes receives an “I voted” book mark. Editor's note: The following is a press release from Valley View School …