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Question of the day

Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012

* I’m on the road today, so posting will be light.

* The Question: What’s been happening with your local races so far? Give us an update.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

38 Comments
  1. - OneMan - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 11:38 am:

    Well I have to say it appears Pat Fee has the early yard sign lead if nothing else, I see a lot more of her signs in front of homes, businesses and the places you put signs up the week before election.

    It appears however Kifowit did walk my neighborhood and left something and I have seen some of her stuff, not sure how much play her complaints about the other campaign have gotten.


  2. - dave - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 11:50 am:

    Lots of Dee Beaubien signs. No Dave McSweeney sings/presence, other than mailings every other day.

    Both campaigns have been sending 2-3 mailings per week, and both sets of mailings basically say the same thing.


  3. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 12:05 pm:

    Pretty quiet in Chicagoland, at least in my neck of the woods. As far as the sign war goes, For Rent is leading Garage Sale by about 3-2.


  4. - train111 - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 12:05 pm:

    Suprised by the number of signs for Democratic candidates if my far Western DuPage suburb. Here’s to hoping against hope that Jim Obrerweis is reconsigned to permanent loserdom. My family will do its part.

    train111


  5. - Team America - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 12:05 pm:

    Sente and Mathias have been duking it out pretty good in the 59th District, but they both need to look up and realize the district includes more than just Buffalo Grove.

    Bob Dold is everywhere in the 10th Congressional District, and Brad Schneider seems to be ducking every opportunity to debate. Usually you see that kind of behavior from incumbents, not challengers.


  6. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 12:08 pm:

    ===As far as the sign war goes, For Rent is leading Garage Sale by about 3-2.===

    Ah, don’t discount For Lease … sneaking up, so I hear.


  7. - Wensicia - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 12:17 pm:

    For what it’s worth, “For Sale due to Foreclosure” leads the numbers in my community.


  8. - Just Observing - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 12:17 pm:

    === For Rent is leading Garage Sale by about 3-2. ===

    LOL


  9. - Aldyth - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 12:20 pm:

    In my small town in congressional district 17, lots more Bustos signs than Schilling, which is a surprise given that it is heavily Republican here.


  10. - GreatPlainser - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 12:21 pm:

    It is interesting to me always the difference between local and congressionals. If I turn on the TV I can’t not hear about Bustos’ Country Club road…and how Bobby Schilling is “one of them”, but locally not a sign for either while local candidates are spewing them everywhere.


  11. - SO IL M - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 12:32 pm:

    Most interesting thing down here is Gary Forby working his tail off to distance himself from Quinn and Obama. While Minor is doing very little to nothing it is still necessary for Forby to try his best to convince people that he isnt really a Democrat. Whats even funnier is how many people actually believe him.


  12. - Cincinnatus - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 12:40 pm:

    Most interesting local race is for Elmhurst mayor. With the exception of my wife and me, I believe every other Elmhurst resident is running for mayor.

    Drove through Villa Park and noticed a surprising number of Kordik signs given the mayor of VP is Cullerton’s nephew.


  13. - East Sider - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 12:46 pm:

    Three really tight races here in the Metro East. Plummer vs. Enyart is going to consume the airwaves for the next 6 weeks.

    In the State Senate race, long-time incumbent Bill Haine (D-Alton) was always seen as invincible and has never drawn a legit opponent until this cycle. Wood River Township Supervisor Mike Babcock (R-Bethalto) is pummeling him in the mailboxes and on the radio about Haine’s deciding vote on the 67% tax hike, Haine’s $137,000/year pension he’s receiving from his time as Madison County State’s Attorney and his vote to bailout 3 Chicago corporations (one of which being Sears, which turned right around and closed its Alton store…and is now closing its Fairview Heights store). Haine seems to be incredibly vulnerable and Babcock is the best candidate the GOP has had in the metro east in a long time.

    In the 111th House race, long-time incumbent Dan Beiser (D-Alton), who has never had an opponent, is also in a dogfight with Madison County Board Member Kathy Smith (R-Alton). Beiser is winning the yard sign competition right now, but he is getting trashed in the mailbox, on TV and on radio for his tax hike vote. The HRO seems to be going all in on this one. The tax hike must be polling incredibly low in this area, because it is getting used non-stop down here.


  14. - G'Kar - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 12:49 pm:

    Local races–what local races? Where I live all incumbents are basically unopposed.


  15. - Esquire - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 12:50 pm:

    Unusually calm and quiet. Virtually no signs or bumper stickers. Obama did quite well in this vicinity four years ago and I expect that the same will be true in November, but the enthusiasm is dampened and fewer people are broadcasting their support for Obama/Biden than was the case last time.


  16. - reformer - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 12:56 pm:

    Rep. Crespo and Rep. Mussman both have leads, but their votes against immigration bills have alienated the ICIRR, which has interns going to minority households with flyers critical of the incumbents.


  17. - JoeSmithStClair - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 1:05 pm:

    Julie Bigham Eggers is telling everyone it was all her master plan to tell the BND that she’s in it for the healthcare and that she’s got Jerry Jr. where she wants them. Must have also been part of her plan for HRO to pull out of her race.


  18. - Brendan - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 1:12 pm:

    My congressman and his wife (who lives in DC and commutes to Chicago occasionally to show up and “do her job” as alderman … rather than living in Chicago and occasionally going to DC) are still hiding out in DuPont Circle and dodging any public accountability.

    But then, I guess you already knew that..


  19. - K - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 1:14 pm:

    I’ve run into lots of people talking up Joe Walsh in the precinct, none at all talking up Tammy Ducworth.

    Usually the crowd I hang out with is split about 50/50 politically.


  20. - Long-Time Lurker - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 1:19 pm:

    In the Joliet/Plainfield area, lots of yard signs that read “Proud Union Home” and few with candidates names, so far.


  21. - Decatur - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 1:29 pm:

    The Decatur media elite ate pouncing on the Docratic candidates. Must be nice to have your own GOP spin control docs broadcasting and writing editorials.


  22. - 3rd Generation Chicago Native - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 1:41 pm:

    More worried about the White Sox race to playoff’s. Thank you Adam Dunn for 2 homeruns against the Indians last night!


  23. - LaSalleinsider - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 1:46 pm:

    Looks like Sue Rezin is running away with the 38th Senate seat. I don’t see anything from her opponent.


  24. - Cheryl44 - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 2:32 pm:

    I’m sick of Rahm Emanuel’s face on tv pretending he got everything he wanted from the teachers.


  25. - Lil Enchilada - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 2:47 pm:

    Way too many commericals from 17th Cong. campaign between Schilling and Bustos. The letters to the editor in the newspaper are nauseating. At least the mailings and Town Hall meeting phone calls from Cong. Schilling have stopped. I was sick of getting both. I have gotten a few phone polls also. For the 17th Cong. district, as well as St. Sen. and St. Rep.


  26. - Boone's is Back - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 2:50 pm:

    Dan Kotowski’s tv ad started running today. Love to hear analysis from bloggers on it


  27. - Nohopeforillinois - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 2:52 pm:

    North Suburban GOP still clueless and hopelessly sexist and anti- women. They can’t win up here without the Mulligans, Krauses, and Coulsons, none of whom ever lost to a Dem and all of whom were hounded out of the party. GOP men will lose every race up here.


  28. - Boone's is Back - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 2:56 pm:

    Dan Kotowski has a new tv ad up. I’m curious to hear what others think of it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c41tdX5X6vg


  29. - western illinois - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 2:56 pm:

    Southern 17th Galesburg to the river I would say Bustos winning the yard signs. Sullivan is winning the yard sign race in the same area. Frese winning farther south in Adams ,Brown even though a We Ask America poll Frese released has him 10 points down
    The Bustos is Quinn ad is running heavily along with the Presidental focused on Iowa.
    There have been ads for Pat Vershore in QC market
    Peria has had some for Koehler Senate race and a state rep race and not very many
    I must ad mit i dont really know where teh close state races are just the Congressional


  30. - circular firing squad - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 2:57 pm:

    lots of ads from oatmeal pat is his kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless appliances he needs a better rug
    mike Unes ( r-caterpillar) running hard for schock’s seat touting bills that passed on the agreed list…no sign of Rodney pulse


  31. - Team Sleep - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 4:07 pm:

    Gill has little-to-nothing up in the areas of Springfield where he should have support.

    McElroy and Manar each have lots of signs up.

    Schock is running some odd veterans ads.

    Little activity for Sherer and Shackleford.

    All countywide GOP officials should easily be reelected.


  32. - Cal Skinner - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 4:35 pm:

    Dee Beaubien post card financed by the Democratic Party of Illinois keep coming. The Dems literature is better than McSweeney’s.


  33. - amalia - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 5:44 pm:

    @Boone’s is Back…”I’ve only been your senator for a short time?” jeez. also, he looks like a used car salesman.


  34. - Esteban - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 8:26 pm:

    Don’t vote for anyone- it only encourages them.


  35. - ChicagoDem - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 10:20 pm:

    To The Mayor of Chicago: Rham please stop with the political commercial on the school strike… YOU LOST and EVERYBODY KNOWS IT…except you!


  36. - a little bit original - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 10:20 pm:

    I would say Manar has the edge on McElroy in Springfield. Signs, media, he was even on FB with an ad!

    Rodney is killing it with ads.

    Those Schock ads are weird.

    Haven’t seen much of the state rep race in Springfield/Decatur.


  37. - House of Pain - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 10:30 pm:

    Mike Jacobs is in a real fight, looks like this one may go 15 rounds.


  38. - Pot calling kettle - Tuesday, Sep 25, 12 @ 11:02 pm:

    I live in a Republican gerrymander with no opposition, so I tool over to the neighboring Senate District to play. Rezin-Bensen has a serious ground game going on. Rezin is probably ahead because of name recognition, but it looks like it is getting closer and might be tight by late October.


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