Halfway through Election Day, a greater than average numbers of voters
turned out to some of the polls in President Barack Obama’s home
neighborhood of Hyde Park.
There, voters overwhelmingly
expressed support or copped to casting their ballots in favor of the
President over his opponent former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Many voters told Progress Illinois their main concerns were gay rights,
women’s issues and social program issues.
“Obama, he’s a
neighbor. I think he’s more intelligent, more rational. He just
represents my values better than Romney does,” said Rosalie Guttman, an
England native who emigrated to Hyde Park 45 years ago.
Despite a federal indictment on bribery charges and being kicked out
of the Illinois General Assembly in August, former state Rep. Derrick
Smith may be elected to his old seat today in Illinois’ 10th House district.
the 10th state House district today, which loosely includes the Garfield Park and West Town
neighborhoods on Chicago’s West Side but also stretches near the
lakefront, ripped apart signs can be found that state Derrick Smith is
“Wanted” for “Disgracing the Democratic Party” and “Crimes Against the
Residents of the 10th District” and “Federal Bribery.”
appears lukewarm for Lance Tyson, the 10th District Unity Party
candidate and former chief of staff for Cook County President Todd
Stroger. Tyson has billed himself as the “real Democrat”
For example, PI
caught up with Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd) at a polling place in the
Ukrainian Village neighborhood. Fioretti is also the 2nd Ward Democratic
Committeeman and part of a coterie of West Side Democrats, including
Secretary of State Jesse White, who agreed to “unify” their support
But Fioretti said Tyson’s get out the vote efforts left something to be desired.
The Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) plans a
Chicago march and vigil tonight in the name of immigration rights. The ending spot for the march will be near McCormick Place, the spot of President Barack Obama’s election
The city of Chicago has still made no announcement regarding President
Barack Obama’s planned election event tonight at McCormick Place,
neither stating the impact on traffic or if there will be a related
Democratic candidate for the 10th congressional district
Brad Schneider voted with his two sons and his wife at the bustling Red
Oak Elementary School in Highland Park as the sun rose this morning.
than 40 Schneider volunteers toting signs and listening to Survivor’s
“Eye of the Tiger” greeted voters as the polls opened at 6 a.m. They
cheered as Schneider and his sons Adam, 19, Daniel, 18, and his wife
Julie arrived about a half hour later to cast their votes.
talked with Progress Illinois after casting his ballot and said he
feels “fantastic”, adding that his team has been working hard for 18
Voter enthusiasm among young people has appeared to have gone up
since summer, according to the findings of a recent analysis that showed
Pres. Barack Obama with a significant advantage over Republican
challenger Mitt Romney among voters under the age of 30.