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Election Day is Here: 2nd District Race

The Republican and Democrat candidates vying for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s seat will be decided in today’s primary. We want to help you make the best decision.

Nearly 400,000 voters will be eligible to vote during today's primary election to fill the vacated seat of former 2nd District Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

Do you know who you’re voting for?

If not, you’re in luck. Over the past months, Patch has been keeping tabs on the 2nd District candidates at this exclusive site. 

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you are unsure of your polling location, check the Cook County Clerk’s website to verify. You can also verify your voter eligibility on the clerk’s site.

Are you prepared for the snow? The National Weather Service says we might be getting up to six inches of snow throughout the day. Make sure to keep that in mind while making your voting plans. 

Hernendo RevolveR February 26, 2013 at 12:03 AM
Cast your ballot to flush the political machine down the toilet. Give your vote to the candidate that has our Country's best interest in mind, not the one that Bloomberg wants.
Sean Christopher Harrison February 26, 2013 at 04:17 AM
400,000 eligible voters? Get ready to count 50,000 votes David Orr and friends.
Juvenal February 26, 2013 at 12:29 PM
It seems the only candidates with a realistic chance of winning now are Beale, Halvorson, or Kelly. None seem very bright or super competent. The Democratic machine is pushing Kelly hard. That alone should disqualify her, and the failure of the Illinois Bright Start program on her watch seals the deal. Beale is a blowhard who has probably never set foot south of 95th street, he will only care about the City. He's out. Halvorson at least understands the needs of the suburbs. In a highly partisan Congress, the most centrist/moderate candidate will, ironically, have much more influence on the Hill than any far-left wing type candidate, whose vote is a known quantity. So, by default, she becomes the least bad option in the race. Plus it will be fun to watch the heads of all the machine pols and community "leaders" explode when she wins....
Winston Wolf February 26, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Kelly will win easily. I can't believe anyone still reports on the findings of "Victory Research".
Stuart Kurtz February 26, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Juvenal, I'm inclined to agree with you in regards to Beale, but not Kelly. The Bright Start program did not "fail." It did suffer investment losses, but this goes with the territory. If it's safe, it's not an investment. Any diversified fund is going to contain a mix of high-risk/high reward and low-risk/low-reward investments, and is going to experience some loses as well as some gains. Giannoulious and his staff followed the recommendation of funds advisor, Oppenheimer, and had 15% of the funds in housing derivatives and experienced losses in 2008, along with many other such funds. But focussing on just one issue mischaracterizes the overall performance of Bright Star, which was rated as the 3rd best out of 88 529 plans by Consumer Reports in April 2009. In any event, this election has become a de facto referendum over gun control in the aftermath of Sandy Hook. I think it's unfortunate when an election devolves into a single issue, yet both candidates are leading with their position on gun control, and so it has. Kelly favors sensible incremental gun control legislation (mandatory background checks, limits on magazine size), whereas Halvorson favors the status quo. In my mind, a vote for Halvorson is a vote for the NRA and the murder industry it has come to represent, and moreover will be seen that way. If that's the vote you want to cast, cast it. I will vote for Kelly.
Dinkum February 26, 2013 at 02:48 PM
Both Opp and the State have oversight responsibility so they share the success and blame. I wouldn't invest in a 529 anyway because of the limitations, fees, and my belief the State of IL can't manage it's finances (where did I get that idea?). The media and the NY PAC made this a one trick pony event. As is often the case the front-runners follow big headlines yet have little to say. IF Halvorson wins (and I think it's a big IF), she does so because of the voter splits and high turnout in her base. As for the "NRA murder industry", you are pointing the finger in the wrong direction. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, as many as 9,000 African Americans are murdered annually in the United States. This chilling figure is accompanied by another equally sobering fact, that 93% of these murders are in fact perpetrated by other blacks. Let's see after the primary if the remaining candidates will focus on the real issues around handguns.
Arthur W. Wiggins Jr. February 26, 2013 at 03:14 PM
This in fact has become a "de facto referendum" over gun control. That is awesomely stated Stuart. The truth however is there is no such thing as "sensible gun control". I am very aware HOW the NRA has taken on this moniker as an anti American faction, yet what is puzzling is that the American people have accepted this untruth. The NRA is Pro Constitution which cannot be viewed as anything but Pro American. The data for murder by firearms in the United States does not justify any of the attention it has garnered; easily found in readily available FBI statistics. It is sensationalized reporting by mainstream media, nothing more. A complete understand of the Constitution quickly dispels the notion of unnecessary need for gun control. Just because a person "believes" something does not make it a correct belief. If we do not weigh our options, wants, and ours needs based on data, and historical facts.... we will and DO tend act in accordance to Salem witch hunts, Google has made our jobs of research much easier, it is a shame to not use it. For those that think the Constitution is old and out dated, PLEASE stop quoting the Bible as well.
Failed Moosia February 26, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Sign on the back of a septic tank: "CAUTION - THIS TRUCK IS FULL OF POLITICAL PROMISES" When 3 previous loser reps failed us, it will be interesting to see what promises are kept by the eventual winner, and what ultimately becomes toxic waste....
Juvenal February 26, 2013 at 03:58 PM
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2009-12-23/news/chi-wed-bright-start-dec23_1_illinois-bright-start-college-mutual-fund-losses If Robin, who was running the treasurer's office at the time, didn't read the prospectuses and families were left with $80 million in investment losses AFTER the settlement, then why not? The funds were supposed to be in a safe vehicle where the benchmark index gained about 5% in the relevant period while the product Robin and Lexi offered lost over 30%....
Jerry Smith February 26, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Until we get rid of " Political Correctness " we can never solve any problems because we are not allowed to air our problems. Quote; "you cannot fix a problem until you admit you " we " admit we have one." Until the black communities admit they have a problem within their family structures nothing will change. Look where the problem is and QUIT blaming everyone else. Do something about it and our country will get healed.
Dinkum February 26, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Perhaps we disagree on one point here AWW. The reason to examine any data (in this case murder statistics by gun violence) is to help us determine the "who, what and where" to dedicate limited resources (people, money, time). In the end what matters is did leaders correctly assess the problem, assign the necessary resources, and were the objectives or SMART goals met.
Arthur W. Wiggins Jr. February 26, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Maybe I am wrong but I do not think we disagree ( maybe we do). You seem to accurately and appropriately take into account actions, responses, benefactors, and suffrage. I am by no means claiming to be the almighty end to any argument.... but simple data (the best way to determine any considered action) shows us that no such issue is worth a concern (gun violence). If we were in danger of genocide by armed criminals, it would have happened long ago. 700,000 people died in the civil war, that did not wipe us out.... neither will 506 people dying in Chicago annually. Gun ownership is far more important to liberty than these concerns over .00018% of our population being murdered ( that is not even 1/2 of a percent), unfortunately the news does not focus on civic lessons as much as they do sensationalized of distortion of facts.
Dinkum February 26, 2013 at 08:35 PM
No, no disagreement on the macro level. I prefer to drill down on an issue to determine real causes. It's the only way I know IF we can change outcomes. I have no interest in gun control legislation or hearing politicians talk about it. Those who kill, or want to kill others, find ways to get weapons.
Stuart Kurtz February 26, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Juvenal, on reading the article you posted, and remembering the context, it seems to me that there are three distinct issues at stake in the Bright Star investment losses. The first is that the ratings agencies were shamefully irresponsible, and some think even culpable in their overly optimistic ratings of mortgaged backed derivatives and the like, cf., the recently DOJ lawsuit against Standard & Poor's. The second is that investments in mortgaged backed derivatives were not permitted by the business rules for the Core Plus fund, but the manager (Oppenheimer) made them anyway. Most of the culpability for this has to rest with the manager, but some should rest with Giannoulias and whoever he delegated to oversee this investment. I suspect the attention of the Illinois Treasurer was directed elsewhere (the perennial cash-flow issues of the State and pension underfunding comes to mind), but this is a reason, not an excuse. Third, there was a failure to make a timely disclosure to the investors in that fund as to the scope of the losses. This one is most definitely on Giannoulias, and it was a big part of the reason why he lost his campaign for US Senate in 2010.
Sean Christopher Harrison February 27, 2013 at 05:09 AM
50,000 voted I nailed it! Yeeeeeehaaawww! We get the government we deserve.

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