Illinois Primary Primer

By: Tuesday March 20, 2012 1:50 pm

It is primary day in Illinois, and voters are going to the polls to vote for Presidential and Congressional candidates, as well as local elections. Polls close at 7 pm local, which is 8 pm Eastern. The big event tonight is obviously the Republican Presidential primary.  Indications are that it will be a good night [...]

Romney With Double Digit Lead in Illinois

By: Monday March 19, 2012 10:00 am

Going into tomorrow’s primary in Illinois and fresh off his win in Puerto Rico, Mitt Romney currently holds a huge fifteen point lead in Illinois over Rick Santorum according to Public Policy Polling. From PPP: Mitt Romney is headed for a blowout victory in Illinois on Tuesday. He leads with 45% to 30% for Rick [...]

After Spending Big Romney Maintains Small Lead in Illinois

By: Friday March 16, 2012 10:25 am

Next Tuesday’s Republican primary in Illinois should be close, but recent polling gives Romney a modest edge over Rick Santorum. Mitt Romney currently holds a six point lead according to a new FOX Chicago News poll. Romney had the support of 37 percent on Wednesday. Rick Santorum earned 31 percent of the vote. Pollster We [...]

Appellate Court: Rahm Emanuel Can’t Run for Mayor of Chicago

By: Monday January 24, 2011 2:12 pm

Let’s all take a moment to enjoy some Schadenfreude. The CBS affiliate in Chicago is reporting that the appellate court ruled that Rahm Emanuel doesn’t meet the residency requirements and so can’t run for mayor of Chicago. The Illinois Appellate Court has tossed mayoral frontrunner Rahm Emanuel off the ballot, reversing the decision of a [...]

IL-08: Incumbent Blue Dog Bean Concedes to Tea Party-Backed Walsh

By: Wednesday November 17, 2010 10:24 am

In a surprise upset, Illinois’ 8th district incumbent Representative, Democrat Melissa Bean, conceded to Tea Party-backed Republican Joe Walsh after losing by less than 300 votes. From the Chicago Sun Times: By a margin of 291 votes out of more than 200,000 cast, GOP challenger Joe Walsh emerged Tuesday as the winner over U.S. Rep. [...]

Another Week, Another Weak Set of Polls for House Democrats

By: Wednesday October 13, 2010 7:13 pm

The Hill is out with another set of House polls of likely voters from Penn Schoen Berland. This time, it is a poll of open seats, and, again, it is generally very bad news for Democrats. The Hill Penn Schoen Berland (10/2-7) Tennessee 8 D: Roy Herron, 37% R: Stephen Fincher, 47% Washington 3 D: [...]

CNN/Time Poll of AK, CA, FL, IL: Miller, Boxer, Brown, Rubio Up; Tight Races in Obama’s Backyard

By: Wednesday September 29, 2010 10:10 pm

CNN/Time Opinion Research is out with their latest round of polling for Alaska, California, Florida, and Illinois. In the three-way Senate races in Alaska and Florida, the Democratic nominees are in third place. But there is good news for Democrats from California, where Barbara Boxer and Jerry Brown continue to gain momentum just as vote [...]

IL Sen: Republican Mark Kirk Leads Democrat Alexi Giannoulias 37%-33%

By: Tuesday April 6, 2010 4:23 pm

In what is sure to be some bad news for Democrats, a new PPP poll has Republican Mark Kirk in the lead for the Illinois Senate seat previously held by President Obama. Kirk leads his Democratic rival, Alexi Giannoulias, 37%-33% among registered voters, with 30% undecided. The one bright side for Democrats is that Kirk’s [...]

Can Some Democratic Challengers Win on an Anti-Washington Message?

By: Wednesday February 17, 2010 1:18 pm

The big question for the 2010 election is: Will it be an anti-Democratic election or an anti-Washington/anti-incumbent election? If it is an anti-Democratic year, there is not much Democratic challengers can do except run hard and smart against a strong headwind. If it is an anti-Washington/anti-incumbent year, several Democratic Senate candidates have potential to run [...]

Illinois Democrats Dodge Bullet With Scott Cohen Exit From Lt. Governor Race

By: Monday February 8, 2010 12:13 pm

The Illinois’s Democratic party is probably breathing a sigh of relief with the decision of Scott Lee Cohen to drop out of the race of Lt. Governor. Cohen had managed to win the Democratic primary last week in a crowded field with just over one quarter of the vote, only to have that story instantly [...]

support firedoglake