Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Adam Kinzinger Defeats Don Manzullo in 16th District Republican Primary, Election Results By County

Congressman Adam Kinzinger has defeated Congressman Don Manzullo in the 2012 Republican Primary.

Since the new Illinois 16th Congressional District covers 14 different counties, to view the results of the 16th Congressional Republican Primary, you will need to view results in each county:

Election results will be posted after the polls close at 7:00 p.m. and are updated as more results come in.
Illinois 16th Congressional District

Here are some videos from the Kinzinger-Manzullo debate in Watseka:

Will County Electrical Aggregation Election Results

The March 20, 2012 Illinois General Primary Election included a ballot measure on electrical aggregation in unincorporated Will County.  To view the results of that measure, go here.

Results will be posted after polls close at 7 p.m. and will be updated throughout the night.

Crete, Illinois Primary Election Results

To view Crete election results for today's primary election, go here.  Results will begin to be posted after the polls close at 7 p.m. and will be updated throughout the night.

Beecher, Illinois Primary Election Results

To view Beecher election results for today's primary election, go here.  Results will begin to be posted after the polls close at 7 p.m. and will be updated throughout the night.

Beecher is now in the Illinois Second Congressional District.

Peotone Election Results

To view Peotone election results for today's primary election, go here.  Results will begin to be posted after the polls close at 7 p.m. and will be updated throughout the night.

Peotone is now in the Illinois Second Congressional District.

Illinois First Congressional Election Results

To view results from tonight's Illinois First Congressional District Democratic and Republican primaries, you will need to view election data from:
City of Chicago
Suburban Cook County
Will County

Results will be posted after polls close at 7 p.m. and will be updated throughout the night.

Map of the new Illinois First Congressional District:
Map of new Illinois First Congressional District

In the March 20, 2012 General Primary Election, the candidates are:
For the Democratic Nomination:
Incumbent Congressman Bobby Rush

For the Republican Nomination:

Jesse Jackson, Jr. Defeats Debbie Halvorson in 2nd District Democratic Primary, Election Results by County

Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. has defeated challenger Debbie Halvorson in the 2nd Congressional District Democratic Primary.

Since the newly realigned Illinois Second Congressional District covers parts of Will, Kankakee, and Cook Counties, to view results for each county, you will need to go:
Will County
City of Chicago
Suburban Cook County
Kankakee County
Illinois Second Congressional District Map
Video of Congressman Jackson discussing the Peotone Airport with Will County farmers:

Monday, March 19, 2012

McGuire Tours Joliet Illinois Youth Center, Urges Governor to Reconsider Closing

Joliet - State Senator Pat McGuire (D-Joliet) this afternoon toured the Illinois Youth Center (IYC) Joliet.  He was joined by a number of his colleagues, including State Senator Sue Rezin; State Representatives Jack McGuire, Emily McAsey, and RenĂ©e Kosel; Will County Executive Larry Walsh; and a representative from House Minority Leader Tom Cross' office.  After talking to Youth Center workers and discussing the likely consequences of closing the facility, Senator McGuire is urging the governor to reconsider his plan to close the juvenile detention center.

"The Illinois Youth Center Joliet is the state's only maximum security facility for young men," McGuire said.  "The Quinn administration's reasoning for closing it is that it is the 'most like an adult prison.'  But, the young men at IYC are behind bars for a reason.  They need to pay their debt to society, be held securely, and receive services to turn them away from a life of crime."

Governor Quinn included IYC Joliet in a list of dozens of facility closings in his budget proposal last month.  The governor's administration contends that closing the Joliet facility will save the state approximately $17 million per year.  The closing also would result in up to 235 area residents losing their jobs.

"There's no question we must cut spending this year," continued McGuire, who reduced his office's spending by approximately 10% when he served as Will County Treasurer.  "The question is are we making smart cuts?  Are we setting the right priorities?  Before we consider closing facilities, we need a firm plan to deal with the consequences.  I haven't yet received any such plan.  I have, however, spoken with IYC staff, whose skill and dedication impress me.  Both IYC staff and members of the public have told me that they worry about what closing IYC Joliet will do to community safety."

McGuire believes that the full General Assembly should have meaningful impact on the closure process, which is not currently the case.

"I am co-sponsoring legislation that will allow the General Assembly to vote on facility closures," McGuire said.  "The General Assembly currently has no substantive authority over closing multi-million dollar state facilities that employ hundreds of people."

Under current law, the governor proposes facility closures.  Then, the 12-member, bipartisan Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (CoGFA) makes a non-binding recommendation to accept or reject the governor's plan.  This recommendation is the only official input the General Assembly is allowed to make on facility closures.  The legislation McGuire is sponsoring, Senate Bill 3564, requires the General Assembly to approve or deny CoGFA's recommendation.  The General Assembly's decision would be final.

Will County Board Primary Election Results

To view Will County Board Primary results of the March 20, 2012 Primary Election, go here after 7 p.m. on March 20, 2012.

Here are the Will County Board Candidates:

District One
Republican (Vote for 2):
Heather Van Cleave Farquhar
Dave Stockton
Kent B. Heisner
Judy Ogalla 

Democratic (Vote for 2):
Robert E. Howard 
Willie E. Box, Jr. 
David M. Fazzini

District Two
Republican (Vote for 2):
Jim Moustis
J. C. 'Tuck' Marshall 
Angela Dell
Dave Izzo

Democrat (Vote for 2):
Victor O. Jonathan 

District Three
Republican (Vote for 2):
Victor D. Zack 
Stephen J. Engel

Democrat (Vote for 2):
Elizabeth J. 'Beth' Rice

District Four
Republican (Vote for 2):
Kenneth R. Cygan
Felix George 

Democrat (Vote for 2):
Jacqueline L. Traynere
Shirley M. Valevicius
Kenneth Harris

District Five 
Republican (Vote for 2):

Lee Ann Goodson
John F. Argoudelis

Democrat (Vote for 2):
Mike Costello 

District Six
Republican (Vote for 2):
Don Gould 
Ragan Freitag

Democrat (Vote for 2):
Sharon May
Tim Vanderhyden
Mike O'Connell

District Seven
Republican (Vote for 2):
Mike Fricilone 
Kathleen Konicki
Stephen J. Balich
James Louch
David H. Palya
Cindy Polke

Democrat (Vote for 2):
No Candidate Filed

District Eight
No Candidates

Democrat (Vote for 2):
Denise E. Winfrey
Herbert Brooks, Jr. 
Frank D. Stewart
Vernel Miller

District Nine
Republican (Vote for 2):
Catherine Perretta

Democrat (Vote for 2):
Walter G. Adamic 
Diane H. Seiler-Zigrossi

District Ten 
Republican (Vote for 2):
Sharon Cemeno Hicks 
Cristine Boban-Merriman
John Iacobucci 

Democrat (Vote for 2):
Joseph M. Babich 
Stephen M. Wilhelmi

District Eleven
Republican (Vote for 2):
Suzanne Hart 
Charles 'Chuck' Maher

Joe (Joseph) Hudetz
Debra H. Holscher 

Democrat (Vote for 2):
No Candidate Filed

District Twelve
Republican (Vote for 2):
Margo McDermed 
Tom Weigel 
Raymond Tuminello
Chris Kosel

Democrat (Vote for 2):
No Candidate Filed

District Thirteen
Republican (Vote for 2):
Timothy J. Kraulidis
Ilona Vaughn
John J. McDonough
Randy Kainrath
Liz Collins

Democrat (Vote for 2):
Mark Ferry

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Illinois General Primary March 20, 2012

The Illinois General Primary will take place on Tuesday, March 20, 2012.

Voters may want to check out maps of the newly redrawn Illinois Congressional, State Senate, and State Representatives districts as all districts in Illinois were redrawn following the 2010 Census:
Maps of Illinois State Senate and State Representative Districts (13-59) (1-12)
Maps of Illinois Congressional Districts

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Manzullo Urges Illinois Officials to Oppose Bills That Woud Undermine the Rights of Gun Owners

[ROCKFORD]  –  Congressman Don Manzullo (R-IL) today urged Illinois leaders to oppose gun control legislation working its way through the Illinois General Assembly and instead join our nation’s 49 other states and pursue viable conceal-carry legislation.
 In a letter to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-IL) and Republican Leader Tom Cross (R-IL), Manzullo called on the leaders to oppose legislation that would ban and increase penalties on semi-automatic firearms (HB 1294 and HB 1599), impose a 2 percent tax on ammunition (HB 5167), and create a firearms registry supported by a new fee (HB 5831).

“Illinois already has some of the nation’s strictest firearms laws, including a requirement for gun owners to possess the Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card. These bills are nothing but an assault on the constitutionally-protected right to bear arms,” Manzullo said. “I respectfully urge you to not adopt these bills but instead to work towards passage of viable conceal-carry legislation for all of Illinois.”
A strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, Manzullo co-signed a letter last summer authored by U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) encouraging Illinois officials to enact a conceal-carry firearms law. Illinois is the only state in the nation that does not allow conceal-carry. Manzullo also voted last November for the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011 (HR 822) that would unfortunately have little effect on Illinois until the state joins the other 49 states and adopts a conceal-carry law.

“The United States Supreme Court affirmed in McDonald vs. Chicago that states cannot violate an individual’s right to bear arms for lawful purposes under the Second Amendment,” Manzullo added. “There is no evidence that gun registration does anything to keep illegal firearms out of the hands of criminals.  Banning semi-automatic firearms, which are used in the biathlon competition in the Winter Olympics, and adding a $65 firearms tax, a 2 percent ammunition tax, and a gun registry only punishes law abiding citizens.”