Tuesday, November 6, 2012
A roundup of Illinois election results as those results become available. Check back with Patch all night for results.
Federal President of the United States 6th Congressional District 8th Congressional District 9th Congressional District 10th Congressional District State Senate 9th State Senate: Biss vs. Farkas 26th State Senate: Duffy vs. Howland 28th State Senate: Kotowski vs. O'Donnell 29th State Senate: Friedman vs. Morrison 30th State Senate: Link vs. Castella 31st State Senate: Neal vs. Bush State House 16th State House: Lang vs. Romano 17th State House: Fine vs. Frank 18th State House: Gabel vs. Lieberman 20th State House: McAuliffe vs. Randazzo 52nd State House: McSweeney vs. Beaubien 53rd State House: Harris vs. Renz 54th State House: Morrison vs. Rudd 55th State House: Moylan vs. Sweeney 57th State House: Nekritz vs. Greenberg 58th State …
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Thursday, October 18, 2012
The McHenry County Clerk has several locations for early voting which begins Oct. 22.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Early voting for the Nov. 6 election begins Oct. 22 at various locations in McHenry County. The early voting period lasts until Saturday, Nov. 3. To vote early, a person must show a valid photo identification. Early voters must show a current driver's license, a state-issued ID card or another government-issued ID with a photograph, the McHenry County Clerk stated in a press release. Early voting locations and hours: McHenry County Administration Building, 667 Ware Road, 2nd Floor, Conference Room A, Woodstock Algonquin Township Offices, 3702 U.S. Highway 14, Community room (adjacent to sheriff's substation), Crystal Lake City of Crystal Lake, 100 W. Municipal Complex, Room P106, Crystal Lake Grafton Township, Huntley Park District, 12015 …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Tuesday's round two between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney is Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. Central Time. The town-hall style debate will be moderated by CNN’s Candy Crowley. Patch will liveblog the event for local readers.
The second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney is set for 8 p.m. Oct. 16. The debate is at Hofstra University in New York and will be moderated by CNN's Candy Crowley. In the first debate, the candidates focused on domestic issues, including the economy and taxes, health care reform and the role of government. This second debate between the candidates is a town hall-style debate, including questions from the audience. It will focus on both domestic and international issues and will include questions from voters. The tradition of holding live town hall debates for presidential candidates began in 1992 and has since proved to be one of the biggest challenges for debaters. Taking questions from the …
Friday, August 31, 2012
While November's elections are important, GOP leaders gathered at Republican National Convention say they're focused on strengthening the party for the long term.
TAMPA, FL -- With President Barack Obama carrying Illinois by 25 percentage points in 2008 and with a new poll showing him leading Mitt Romney by about the same margin, one might think there's not much joy among delegates and party leaders gathered here for the Republican National Convention this week. And while even the reddest of the Republicans acknowledges that GOP presidential candidate Romney has little chance of carrying Illinois, those in Tampa stress that they're focused on building the party for 2014 and beyond. "The presidential race will be an uphill climb for us," said state party Chairman Pat Brady, adding that Republicans are concentrating their efforts more on congressional and state legislative races this fall. "In 2014, …
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Mitt Romney announced Saturday that his choice for vice president is Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan.
Mitt Romney announced Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) as his vice presidential running mate Saturday morning. Ryan, 42, has served in the House of Representatives for 14 years, currently chairing the House Budget Committee and serving on the House Ways and Means Committee. In January 2010, Ryan gained attention nationwide after unveiling his "Roadmap for America’s Future." The New Yorker called the choice of Ryan the "most daring choice of Romney's political career." The magazine noted that the selection of Ryan was a deliberate change in direction for Romney and a move meant to make the campaign into more of an ideological debate. Romney has been trailing Obama in key states and nationally in recent polls. The polling average at Real Clear…
Sunday, July 15, 2012
President Obama has said he will veto legislation that extends the tax cuts for those with incomes over $250,000.
President Obama said he would veto legislation that would extend all of the Bush-era tax cuts, Fox news reported. Obama has proposed extending the tax cuts for families earning less than $250,000 for another year, the Chicago Tribune reported. Obama said it would be imprudent to extend all of tax cuts – including those for upper income earners – because they were a major driver of the budget deficit (Note: Obama's complete remarks are attached to this story). "By the way, these tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans are also the tax cuts that are least likely to promote growth," Obama said. "So we can't afford to keep that up, not right now. So I'm not proposing anything radical here. I just believe that anybody making over $250,000 a year …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on challenges to the Affordable Care Act this week.
June 28 UPDATE: The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act by a vote of 5-4. Original June 24 Post: The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act this week. The central issue being considered by the court is whether Congress' power to regulate commerce means that it can mandate people to buy health insurance, The Atlantic reported. The court could rule the mandate unconstitutional and throw out part or all of the Affordable Care Act, or uphold the act in its entirety, the New York Times reported. The Weekly Standard reported that the individual mandate goes beyond regulating commerce, and instead compels commerce by forcing individuals to purchase something. The idea behind …
Sunday, June 17, 2012
President Obama's immigration policy will allow young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally to seek work permits.
The Obama administration announced that it will no longer deport younger immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally when they were children and will begin issuing work permits to them, The Huffington Post reported. The permits only would be available to individuals who had led law-abiding lives, the website reported. As many as 800,000 people could be affected by the policy change. "Today, I am announcing that effective immediately, young people brought to U.S. by no fault of their own and meet several criteria no longer are removed from country or entered into removal proceedings,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said to Fox News. Fox News reported that immigrants will have had to live in the U.S. for …
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Scientists argue that the Earth is heading toward a catastrophic tipping point.
Scientists believe the Earth is rapidly approaching a catastrophic tipping point, driven by the activity of human beings, the Huffington Post reported this week. The scientists argue that the Earth's climate is reaching a point of no return and that we are headed for rapid, destructive changes, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The scientists say the changes will lead to mass extinctions, scarce resources for humans and eventual politcal and economic clashes. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency notes that Earth's average temperature has risen by 1.4 degrees in the last 100 years and could rise 2 to 11.5 degrees in the next 100 years. The Nature Conservancy states that a quarter of the planet's species could go extinct by 2050. …