Friday, November 9, 2012
National economy, local races help bring voters to the polls. Turnout just misses 2008 numbers.
Yorkville and Kendall County voters turned out by the thousands to cast their ballots on Tuesday – and all for a myriad of reasons. In a discussion on the Yorkville Patch Facebook page several residents laid out their primary reasons for going to the polls, which, not surprisingly, included interests in the national economy as well as local issues. Barb Murphy and Dominique Castillo said they voted not only because of issues, but also because they regard it as a civic duty. “I also voted because I am blessed with that right. There are people in other countries who would die for that right,” Castillo said. Murphy said she is also diligent in exercising her right to vote because “too many women fought for my right to vote.” “I agree, it is …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Toftoy, the incumbent county coroner, received 57 percent of the vote to retain his office while challenger Mike Dabney could only gather about 42 percent.
Michael Dabney has said he has no regrets on the way he ran his race for Kendall County Coroner. "I ran the campaign I wanted. Kendall County is a great place and I have thousands of more friends than I had before this campaign began,” Dabney said Tuesday night as results came in. Running as an independent, Dabney challenged 20-year incumbent Ken Toftoy for the position. Toftoy, who also serves as chairman of the Kendall County Republican Party, maintained a firm lead over Dabney as election results came in Tuesday night. He garnered 57 percent of the vote while Dabney collected 42 percent. “It was a great campaign. The voters have spoken, and I respect their decision,” Dabney said. He said he thinks the race was run in a positive manner. …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Don't forget to vote! Find your poll location and ballot summary in Oswego, Illinois.
Do you know where to go to vote on Election Day 2012? If not, you can use the handy Google Voter Info embed above to find the location of your designated polling place. Simply enter the address where you're registered to vote. This tool's data has been updated to reflect changes that may have been caused by Hurricane Sandy. To be well-informed before you set out to vote, check out Oswego Patch's Election Central for detailed information on local candiates and races.
Monday, October 8, 2012
Biggert (R-Hinsdale) is running against Democrat Bill Foster in the 11th Congressional District.
Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Hinsdale) faced some tough political questions when she was endorsed by the Illinois Education Association as its candidate for the 11th Congressional District race Monday, and so did those endorsing her. Biggert and members of the Illinois Education Association answered questions from the media at Hinsdale South High School in Darien after the announcement was made. Although some members of the Republican Party have actively said they don't agree with teacher unions, Vice President Kathi Griffin of the Illinois Education Association said it's important to look past Biggert's political party. "I think it's important that we focus on what the candidate stands for," Griffin said. "It's not whether you are a Democrat or …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney met for their first debate. We surveyed influential Illinois politicians and guests at Patch watch parties, who say the president whiffed.
Illinois Republicans said Mitt Romney "hit a home run" in the Oct. 3 presidential debate and some Democrats said President Barack Obama "looked unprepared," even if they still agree with what he said. Patch conducted a quick, unscientific poll among politically involved citizens following the debate and also surveyed residents at Patch-sponsored watch parties throughout the suburbs. Of the 19 Republicans who responded to the online survey, 16 said Romney won by a wide margin and one said he defeated Obama by a slim margin. Two Republican respondents said Obama won the debate. "I expected Obama to lecture Romney. I never expected Romney to lecture Obama," one Republican said. "Obama spent more time looking at his belly button like a …
Lourdes Duarte joined Patch at Flossmoor Station in Flossmoor for a Patch.com presidential debate viewing party Wednesday night. Mitt Romney impresses but voters say they want to see more.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Republicans, Democrats and independents joined Patch editors Wednesday night at presidential debate viewing parties throughout the Chicago area. WGN Ch. 9 stopped by one party in Flossmoor at the Flossmoor Station to take the pulse of voters. Patch hosted parties at St. Xavier University in Mount Greenwood, Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Cemeno's Restaurant in Joliet, the Kendall Grille in Yorkville and the Lemont Community Center in Lemont.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
In the latest Land of Lincoln Blue survey issued by Patch, Democratic respondents said they thought President Obama did a great job, but loved President Clinton's speech more. They also said Republicans showed how "out of touch" they are.
Now that the Democratic and Republican national conventions are complete, Democrats in Illinois say they're more confident in President Obama's re-election campaign than they were last month. That's part of the results from a recent Land of Lincoln survey issued by Patch in the Chicago area. Eighty-nine Democrats were surveyed, with 15 responding. About 87 percent of those surveyed said they're more confident now than they were before the conventions. But was it Barack Obama who energized them? Almost every Democrat that responded to the survey said President Bill Clinton was the highlight of the convention, even overshadowing the current president. Clinton showed that Democrats "stand for the working class and the seniors of this country…
Thursday, September 27, 2012
In the latest Land of Lincoln Red survey issued by Patch, Republican respondents shared their opinions on the presidential election following the Republican National Convention.
Citing speeches by Sen. Marco Rubio, vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan and celebrity Clint Eastwood, 94 percent of Republicans surveyed by Patch said their party's National Convention provided the party with the momentum it needs to get the base to turn out for what is expected to be a close election. That's part of the results from a recent Land of Lincoln survey issued by Patch in the Chicago area. Ninety-three Republicans were surveyed, with 30 responding. Most Republican respondents mentioned the Rubio and Ryan speeches as highlights of the convention, while one respondent said "Mitt Romney just did OK." According to Republican respondents, 53 percent said they felt more confident about Romney's chances of winning after the …
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Democrat Kristine Heiman is seeking a Kendall County Board District 2 seat.
Address: 5100 Baseline Road Oswego, IL 60543 Campaign contact information: 630-897-6184 or email@example.com Age: 55 Family: Husband-Larry Heiman, Adult children-Jeffrey, Stephanie & Andrew Education: Real Estate Salesman License 1981 and Brokers License in 1986 every 2 years we have on going education that is required Previous elected or appointed positions: Precinct Committeeman Oswego 1, appointed Ethics Committee for the Kendall County Board and recently joined the Government Affairs Committee for the Realtor Association of Fox Valley. 1) What can you do to foster economic development in Kendall County? What level of cooperation do you think is necessary with municipalities to accomplish this? Education, Recreation and …
Democrat Elizabeth Flowers is seeking re-election to a Kendall County Board District 2 seat.
Address: 68 Red Fox Run, Montgomery, IL 60538 Age: 42 years old Family: Mother Mary Flowers (1947-2007) Father William Flowers (1947-2010) Sisters Jennifer Flowers and Catherine Flowers (1980-2011) Brothers Timothy Flowers and Martin Flowers. Education: BA from Aurora University. Previous elected positions: Kendall County Board 2008-present 1) What can you do to foster economic development in Kendall County? What level of cooperation do you think is necessary with municipalities to accomplish this? I held the position of chairman of the Economic Development Committee from 2008-2010. During my time with that position we began to create the Regional Job creation discussion with the surrounding economic development corporations and business …