Former State Rep. Robin Kelly, 56, of Matteson will be the next congressional representative for Illinois’ 2nd District, fulfilling a long-standing tradition of Democratic delegates for Chicago’s South Side and southern suburbs.
Super PACs contributed approximately $629 million to the 2012
election cycle, and last week at the University of Chicago, four
executives representing both sides of the political spectrum debated the
impact of their organizations’ multi-million dollar campaigns.
Former State Rep. Robin Kelly
of Matteson has won the Illinois 2nd Congressional District's primary
election Tuesday to become the Democratic nominee in the race to fill
the seat left vacant by disgraced former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.
Kelly will run in the district’s April 9 general
election to replace Jackson Jr., who pled guilty last week to misusing
some $750,000 in campaign funds.
more than half of the district's 545 precincts reporting, Kelly won the
special primary with 54 percent of the vote. Major contenders during
Kelly’s campaign were Democratic candidates former congresswoman Debbie Halvorson and Chicago Ald. Anthony Beale (9th).
On a dreary day in an area that has seen more than its fair share of
ethically-challenged elected officials, an expectedly low voter turnout
was the story at many polling places Tuesday as residents came out to
cast their ballots in the race to replace former Illinois 2nd
Congressional District U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
remained mostly empty throughout the district during much of the
morning, an outcome that can be attributed just as much to a high level
of voter apathy than to the snowy weather.
was the scene at Bennett Elementary School on the far South Side, where
congressional candidate and 9th Ward Chicago Alderman Anthony Beale
went to cast his ballot this morning.
Freezing rain began to slick over the sidewalks this morning just as
Democratic candidate for the 2nd congressional district Debbie Halvorson
voted at the Steger Community Center.
congresswoman Halvorson is one of 18 candidates running in the special
primary election today to replace Jesse Jackson Jr., who pled guilty last week to misusing campaign funds.
2nd congressional district has been plagued for a long time with
ethical problems, with corruption, and we have a chance to really close
that chapter and start fresh,” Halvorson said just after casting her
Candidates vying for former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.'s seat in
the 2nd Congressional District reached out to voters today, as
in-person absentee voting began. Polls open at 6 a.m. tomorrow for the primary election.