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2010 Illinois elections

Pelosi Wants 'Spark' Of Illinois Democrats

Aug 15, 2019

U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi rallied with Illinois Democrats Wednesday in Springfield.

Brady concedes; budget problems still loom

Nov 5, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 5, 2010 - The Illinois governor's race finally was settled Friday when Republican state Sen. Bill Brady conceded his loss to incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn (left), whose margin of victory grew steadily after Tuesday night. Now, attention will turn from ballot counting to number crunching as the state deals with its $15 billion budget deficit.

Longtime political watcher Charles Wheeler had said that Quinn would be elected because "it's still a Democratic state" and maybe, just maybe, a few more people than not believe Quinn that the state needs new revenue streams, and in a hurry.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 4, 2010 - Tuesday evening, the Beacon and KETC-TV's Nine Network got together and put on a show the likes of which you never see on local channels anymore, and the same situation obtains on national commercial networks and most cable channels as well. For four hours, we worked together to bring viewers and readers in the region an indepth look at what was going on in their political world.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 3, 2010 - Around 9:15 a.m., Tim Hogan was close to the 300th person to vote at his Des Peres polling place. Despite the vitriol of the election ads, the robocalls and division over the issues, the actual voting experience was a pleasant one this morning.

Hogan ran into neighbors and talked about how the kids spent their Halloween.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 3, 2010 - While Republican Mark Kirk celebrated his victory in the Senate, taking Barack Obama's former seat, incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn held his small lead over GOP challenger Bill Brady. Republican strategists were doing the math on whether there are enough absentee ballots left to make up the deficit of more than 8,300 votes with nearly all the votes counted. | Chicago Tribune

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 3, 2010 - WASHINGTON - From energy to health care to defense, the congressional shakeup resulting from this week's midterm elections will have considerable impact on the clout of Missouri and Illinois representatives on local and national issues in the Capitol.

Are Illinois voters too turned off by corruption to vote?

Oct 27, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct, 27, 2010 - Who will it be, Illinois voters?

The incompetent incumbent or the lying extremist? The machine candidate or the one who's anti-worker? The tax cheater or the resume padder? Would you like to poke that stick in your left eye or in your right eye?

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 12, 2010 - The odds may be against them, but if enthusiasm and conviction could be converted directly into votes, two candidates challenging sitting members of Congress from Metro East in next month's election might turn what many observers consider foregone conclusions into squeakers.

The long-shot challengers -- Teri Newman and Tim Bagwell -- are working to defeat incumbents who have been in Washington far longer than one term, which may be the easiest time to defeat a sitting officeholder.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 10, 2010 - Paul Simon's take on political commercials bears revisiting as yet another niagara of negativism spews from our television sets into our living rooms and dens. How many people would board planes, this extraordinary public servant would ask rhetorically, if airlines sponsored commercials spotlighting the crashes of their competitors?

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 29, 2010 - In a state with as gaping a budget hole as Illinois has, there is really only one issue in the November election -- or 13 billion of them, depending on how you look at it.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 26, 2010 - Consider the civic engagement of our forefathers as you contemplate whether to tune in - at a time of your choosing, in the comfort of your home - to debates featuring men who want to govern our state during the next four years.

Illinoisans by the thousands braved sweltering August heat and nipping October winds as Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas vied. Most stood throughout their three-hour duels. Many cheered and jeered. Others simply watched and listened. They all thrust themselves into the 1858 battle for a U.S. Senate seat.

Commentary: 'Quinn'tessential woes

Aug 29, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 29, 2010 - Fielding arrows is stickier than firing them. Just ask Pat Quinn.

His Quinntessential populism, propelled through the decades by his assaults on the antics and motives of public officials, put him in position to become governor; now he defends himself against accusations he fired his inspector general for pouncing on ethical violations.

Commentary: Vote clubs

Aug 1, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 1, 2010 - Tens of thousands of Illinoisans in cities and hamlets throughout the state relish the intellectual stimulation, companionship and shared humanity of book clubs. Why not voter clubs?

They could use the dung of the George Ryan-Rod Blagojevich era to fertilize grassroots energy and empowerment. They could galvanize voter remorse over helping to elect one or both of the disgraced governors in a resurgence of responsible citizenship. They could engage the outraged. They could convert anger, exasperation and frustration into action, enlightenment and fulfillment.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 21, 2010 - Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar says, "Springfield is getting to be a little more like Washington: They want to have something to talk about on Election Day rather than get something done."

In this case, "getting something done" means figuring out some way to close a multi-billion-dollar budget gap. The gap is so big that the choices are tough: Enact huge and painful cuts to the state budget, including education, or raise taxes on constituents who already are reeling from the recession and have had it with political leaders they see as wasteful and ineffective.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 3, 2010 - In the race for the U.S. Senate seat formerly known as Barack Obama's, Illinois voters have spoken. Next up: The real big mouths weigh in.

On Tuesday, voters said that U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk, 50, a moderate Republican, will face Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, 33, a Democrat, in November. Those voters' voices are expected to be drowned out by national political party operatives and cash that will pour into Illinois during the general election campaign.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 3, 2010 - As supporters of Bill Brady hold their breath to see whether he will become the Republican nominee in the 2010 Illinois gubernatorial race, they have a lot of company -- the Democratic Party of Illinois.

"If the candidate is Brady, it's a lot better for the Democrats than if it's Dillard," said Charles Wheeler, a long-time observer of state politics who is the director of public affairs reporting at the University of Illinois, Springfield.

A primer for the Illinois primary

Jan 19, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 19, 2010 - Ready or not, Illinois voters are less than two weeks away from a high-stakes election that will determine which candidates continue their quest for governor, U.S. Senate and a handful of other offices in the state.

The winners of the Feb. 2 primary elections will advance to the November general election.

The primary is unusually early because state lawmakers decided in 2007 to switch the date from March to February in even-numbered years.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 8, 2010 - Just how Chicago-centric is Illinois politics?

Until former state attorney general Jim Ryan jumped into the GOP gubernatorial race, political bloggers had been making much of the fact that only one of the then-six candidates running in the Feb. 2 GOP gubernatorial primary is from "downstate" -- and so held a political advantage.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 8, 2009 - Diligent Illinois voters and the spate of candidates courting them must somehow connect in a meaningful way during the hubbub of the holidays and the harshness of winter.

Why the crunch? Not long after they carve their turkeys, voters must trim the field. Nutty as it seems, they will begin casting ballots as soon as Jan. 11 to determine the finalists in a general election that will occur a year from now.