Wednesday, November 3, 2010
We crunched numbers, watched the wires and stayed up late. Here's what happened in the 2010 midterm election.
- A.M. Cole
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
The results are (mostly) in. If you were following along with us and our live-blogging of the election returns, you know it was an interesting evening. If you're just joining us, here's what happened... Gubernatorial race At 1 a.m. the gubernatorial race was too close to call with thousands of ballots left to be counted. Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn leads by about 8,000 votes as of Wednesday morning but Republican Bill Brady has not conceded. Both candidates came forward and spoke to their supporters. Around 12:07 a.m., Brady said that all votes and voices were going to be accounted for. "We're going to make sure the process is done right," he said. And, at 12:58 a.m., Quinn emerged from his hotel room. "The people have won and I …
On a successful evening, Democrat makes a push for early voting.
As incumbent Larry Suffredin won his third term as 13th District Cook County Commissioner Tuesday, he called to rally Democrats together in the face of national GOP victories. "Our job is to give people an understanding of the consequences if we don't win and to get them to remember the empowerment they felt two years ago when President Obama was elected," Suffredin said during a results party at Evanston's Firehouse Grill restaurant. The Evanston resident won roughly 65 percent of the votes, according to the Cook County clerk website. The 13th District serves many of the lakeshore communities, as well as Chicago's far north neighborhood, Rogers Park. After cracking jokes during his victory speech, Suffredin told Patch he looks forward …
Incumbent State Rep. pulls in 68 percent of the vote against her opponent.
State Rep. Rosemary Mulligan will serve the 65th district of Illinois for a 10th term after the Republican incumbent won the house seat during Tuesday's midterm election. Mulligan received 68 percent of the vote against her opponent and first-time candidate Wendy Gruen. Campaign signs and district maps plastered the walls of Mulligan's campaign headquarters in Park Ridge as she and her volunteers had their eyes glued to TV and computer screens, waiting for precinct results to come in. Although eager, there wasn't a nail biter in the room as a sense of confidence filled the air. "We've had some really tough races in the past, but this was not one of them," said Mulligan. A strong and long-time base led to a victory for Mulligan. Her …
Monday, October 25, 2010
GOP incumbent looks to continue serving the state House's 65th District after Nov. 2 elections.
State Rep. Rosemary Mulligan has served the 65th District for 18 years and this election season she looks to add another two-year term in Springfield to her resume. The district, which comprises portions of Des Plaines and 12 other townships and municipalities, is being contested by her Democratic opponent, Wendy Gruen. During her time as a representative, Mulligan has worked hard to push for reform in fields like health care and Medicaid. These efforts have earned her many honors and awards, including the 2008 American Cancer Society Leadership Award for the Smoke-Free Illinois Act, a law banning smoking at public sites and public workplaces. Along with focusing on various areas of health care, the Republican incumbent has taken a …
Friday, October 22, 2010
Sharon Strobeck-Eckersall touts her qualifications as an integral part of her '3 T's' in seeking the job.
Sharon Strobeck-Eckersall is the Republican candidate on the Nov. 2 ballot with three others vying for Cook County assessor. Her rivals are Democratic nominee Joseph Berrios, Green Party nominee Robert Grota and Independent Forrest Claypool. Strobeck-Eckersall's website tells voters to "Remember the 3 T’s" of training, technology and transparency that are the cornerstone of her campaign. The candidate sees herself adeptly qualification for the job, being a real estate broker, an appraiser and a certified Illinois assessing officer (CIAO). She also served from 1999-2009 as assessor in Evanston Township. As part of Patch's Election 2010 coverage, she agreed to meet at the north suburban GOP Victory Center in Winnetka to discuss taxes, …
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Democratic nominee talks about her stand on issues in bid for 65th District state House seat.
Democrat and first-time candidate Wendy Gruen has a formidable task ahead in seeking to become the 65th District's state representative. The district, which comprises portions of Des Plaines and 12 other townships and municipalities, has been represented since 1992 by her Republican opponent, Rosemary Mulligan. Gruen is optimistic about her chances as she is no stranger to the area and its residents. She grew up in Mount Prospect, and has lived in Des Plaines since the 1970s. The certified financial planner believes her economic background, education and past experience with political activism are among her top assets. "My first political awareness came in the mid-70s with the drive to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment here in Illinois. We…