Monday, February 25, 2013
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.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Candidate Robin Kelly says Sen. Toi Hutchinson is only in favor of a gun ban now because it’s politically convenient.
Second District congressional candidate Toi Hutchinson currently supports Obama’s gun ban, but she didn’t always feel that way, according to a Chicago Tribune report. The Trib recently pulled an NRA questionnaire revealing multiple "A" ratings for Hutchinson, who opposed a gun ban in her 2010 election. Hutchinson says the Sandy Hook shooting is what made her change her position on banning weapons, but candidate Robin Kelly isn’t buying it. Unlike Hutchinson, Kelly received an “F” rating by the NRA, an achievement she’s very proud of. “The only thing that ‘changed’ for Toi Hutchinson is that she entered a race for Congress where her past support of the NRA’s agenda was no longer politically convenient,” Kelly said in a press release. “It’s …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle gave a simple explanation for her surprising endorsement.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is endorsing State Sen. Toi Hutchinson in the 2nd Congressional District election, CBS Chicago reports. Preckwinkle chose Hutchinson over Robin Kelly, who was her chief administrative officer for two years. Preckwinkle said Hutchinson is in prime position to win the Feb. 26 primary election, mainly because her legislative district is in the 2nd Congressional District. The board president said she has no problems with Kelly, but went with Hutchinson because she believes the state senator is the "strongest candidate." “There are lots of qualified people in this race but I felt it was important to make a choice and Toi Hutchinson will be the strongest candidate,” Preckwinkle told The Associated …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Five Democrats threw their name in the hat to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. this morning.
The ballot battle began this morning, with five candidates having filed candidacy petitions before 8 a.m. to join the 2nd Congressional District special election race. Chicago's 9th Ward Ald. Anthony Beale, filed first, but was followed by state Sen. Toi Hutchinson, whose office is in Chicago Heights, according to the Chicago Tribune. Also filing before 8 a.m. was former state Rep. Robin Kelly, state senate-elect Napoleon Harris and Clifford Eagleton of Harvey. Meeting the early deadline means the candidates will have a shot at appearing at the top of the ballot. A lottery will be held next Tuesday to determine which of the five early-filing candidates will take the top spot. Filing for the highly-coveted seat ends Monday. No Republicans …