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Illinois 2nd Congressional District race

More than a dozen people are in the running to replace the seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr in Illinois’s 2nd Congressional District.

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Gun control supporter Robin Kelly was sworn-in Thursday as Congresswoman from Illinois’ 2nd District.

The Democrat from Matteson took the oath of office with several members of the Illinois delegation by her side.

Kelly replaces Jesse Jackson, Jr., who resigned from the seat in November, and later pleaded guilty to illegally spending campaign contributions.

Former state lawmaker Robin Kelly will be in Washington DC Wedneday to take over for disgraced former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Kelly won Tuesday’s special election with 71 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Paul McKinley.

Kelly was joined on stage Tuesday night by Hadiya Pendleton’s parents during her acceptance speech in Matteson as she promised voters she would continue to fight for gun control reform on Capitol Hill.

She vowed to represent voters in the 2nd Congressional District, saying they have been without a voice for too long.

Jackson Jr. served the district for 17 years and was re-elected last November before he resigned in light of a Federal investigation into his use of campaign funds.

In February,  Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty to charges of using campaign money for personal use.

His wife, former Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, also pleaded guilty to filing false tax forms.

They will be sentenced in June.

Kelly is scheduled to be sworn into office Thursday, after the election results are certified.

Voters in Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District are one step closer to choosing a replacement for former Congressman Jesse Jackson Junior.

Results are not official yet in yesterday’s Republican primary where Paul McKinley leads Eric Wallace by less than 25 votes.

The Chicago Board of Elections is conducting a recount and is expected to announce the final results shortly.

A spokesman says some scanners failed in a handful of the 170 precincts.

Poll watchers observed those ballots being re-run through other scanners.

On the Democratic side,  the special primary for Illinois’ 2nd congressional district ended in a landslide.

Former state representative Robin Kelly won the nomination with 51 percent of the vote.

Former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson came in second with 23 percent.

Chicago Alderman Anthony Beale ended up in third place.

Both Halvorson and Beale have thrown their support behind Kelly.

Kelly spent the morning thanking supporters at the Richton Park Metra station.

As the Democratic nominee, Kelly is now the overwhelming favorite to win the April 9th election in the heavily Democratic district.

The special Democratic primary for Illinois’ 2nd Congressional district ended in a landslide.

Former state representative Robin Kelly won the nomination with 51 percent of the vote.

Former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson came in second with 23 percent.

Chicago Alderman Anthony Beale ended up in third place.

“You sent a message that was heard around our state and across the nation,” Kelly told supporters during her victory speech.  “A message that tells the NRA that their days of holding our country hostage are coming to an end.”

“To every leader in the fight for gun control ready to work with President (Barack) Obama and Mayor (Rahm) Emanuel to stop this senseless violence, thank you for your leadership and thank you for your courage,” she said.

Kelly’s campaign got a boost from some campaign cash in New York.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s SuperPac, Independence USA, spent $2.2 million on ads that attacked Kelly’s opponents.

“This is an important victory for commonsense leadership on gun violence, a problem that plagues the whole nation,” said Bloomberg.

Halvorson says she supports Kelly, even though she was targeted in several advertisements.

“We all know how rough it was for me to have to run an election against someone who spent millions against me,” Halvorson said during her concession speech. “Every 7½ minutes there was a commercial.”
Kelly responded to complaints about the role of money in the race, while thanking constituents at a Metra station in Richton Park Wednesday morning.
“Do those people complain about the NRA who spent millions of dollars on the last election.. against the President?  I don’t hear people talking about that,” said Kelly.
It appears that Kelly will face Republican Paul McKinley in the special general election in April.
McKinley held a narrow lead over Dr. Eric Wallace, as of Wednesday morning.
The 2nd Congressional seat became open after the resignation of Jesse Jackson Jr.
Jackson faces several years in prison, after he admitted to spending $750,000, in campaign cash, on personal expenses.

Robin Kelly has won the Democratic Primary in the race to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Illinois’s 2nd Congressional District.

As of 10 p.m., Kelly received 51 percent of the votes with 533 of 545 precincts reporting.

Halvorson called Kelly earlier Tuesday evening to concede and congratulate her.

The Republican Primary for the 2nd District seat was too close to call.

Debbie Halvorson concedes in the Democratic primary in the race to replace disgraced Jesse Jackson Jr. in Illinois’s 2nd Congressional District.

It’s election day for voters in Illinois 2nd Congressional District and in Southwest suburban Cicero.

Incumbent Larry Dominick is vying for a third term.

Dominick has been accused of corruption and nepotism. In the campaign for this race, Dominick has been accused of voter intimidation and fraud. He has denied those claims.

Dominick’s challengers include Juan Ochoa and Joe Pontarelli.

Pontarelli is Cicero’s former senior services director.

Ochoa is the former chief executive of the government agency that runs McCormick Place.

Ochoa tried to get Dominick thrown off the ballot because he hasn’t paid fees on his private business. Ochoa also claimed Dominick did not get proper work permits for some home repairs.

If there is no clear winner today, a run-off election will be held in April between the top two candidates.

Will snow impact voter turnout in Chicago area elections?

In the 2nd District, voters will cast their ballots today in a special primary election to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.

It’s a crowded field with 18 candidates. That’s 14 Democrats and 4 Republicans.

The Democratic contenders include Robin Kelly, Debbie Halvorson, Anthony Beale, Ernest Fenton, Victor Jonathan, Larry Pickens, Joyce Washington, Rev. Anthony Williams, Fatimah Muhammad, Clifford Eagleton, Mel Reynolds, Charles Rayburn, John Blythe and Gregory Haynes.

On the Republican side: Beverly Reid, Lenny McAllister, Paul McKinley and Eric Wallace.

Contenders for the seat utilized their last full day of campaigning to make their final appeals to voters.

Polls in the 2nd District are open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. today.

The general election will be held on April 9th.

 

Tomorrow is the voters chance to seek change in the 2nd District. Forecasters are calling for 3-5 inches of sno .and the special election falls at an off time. Will people go to the polls?

That is the big question.  18 candidates, 4 of them republicans, are on the ballot to replace disgraced former politician Jesse Jackson Jr.

Today, his name but a memory as candidates shook hands, placed calls and campaign in the primary.

But the pattern of fallen politicians like Jackson and his predecessor Mel Reynolds is only one challenge. Low voter turnout in an off election year can be a terrible trend. 2009′s special election that ultimately put Mike Quigley in office did so with only an 11% voter turnout. And while the sun shined brightly on the 2nd District today, 3-5 inches of snow could be an additional aggravator on Election Day.

14 Democrats and 4 Republicans will appear on the ballot.

The Democratic contenders include Kelly, Halvorson, Beale, Ernest Fenton, Victor Jonathan, Larry Pickens, Joyce Washington, Rev. Anthony Williams, Fatimah Muhammad, Clifford Eagleton, Mel Reynolds, Charles Rayburn, John Blythe and Gregory Haynes.

On the Republican side: Beverly Reid, Lenny McAllister, Paul McKinley and Eric Wallace.

Polls open at open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Contenders for Illinois’ 2nd Congressional seat are making their final push to Chicago area voters today.

Candidate Anthony Beale greeted commuters this morning at 79th Street and the Dan Ryan Expressway.  Beale says he is confident that his record as a Chicago Alderman speaks for itself, and he is not surprised or discouraged by low early voter turnout.

“You’ve got to expect that with a special election, and the fact that the approval rating for Congress right now is at 11-13%,” Beale said.  “People are definitely fed up because they don’t see anything happening.”

pollvotingCandidate Debbie Halvorson says voters are ready for a fresh start in the district which covers part of the South Side, Cook, Will and Kankakee Counties.  She vows not to become a Congressman in hiding.

“I’ve been to Congress and I know how we need to bring the parties together for the betterment of this country,” Halvorson told WGN.  “They’re saying, finally someone who wants to talk about getting along for a change and putting ethics and leadership back into this government.”

Former State Representative Robin Kelly also spent this morning campaigning at a train station, followed by a series of interviews at her campaign headquarters.  She has benefitted from New York Mayor Michigan Bloomberg’s anti-gun super-PAC, which has poured $2 million into this race.  The super-PAC’s ads blasted two opponents for receiving NRA support.  Kelly makes no apologies for that.

“I’m the right person to stand along with the President,” Kelly said.  “I will be his true ally in what he’s trying to accomplish and what I think is good for the 2nd Congressional District — which is safe neighborhoods and economic development mainly.”

It is a crowded field of candidates to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.  Jackson resigned in November and pleaded guilty last week to misusing $750,000 in campaign funds.

14 Democrats and 4 Republicans will appear on the ballot.

The Democratic contenders include Kelly, Halvorson, Beale, Ernest Fenton, Victor Jonathan, Larry Pickens, Joyce Washington, Rev. Anthony Williams, Fatimah Muhammad, Clifford Eagleton, Mel Reynolds, Charles Rayburn, John Blythe and Gregory Haynes.

On the Republican side: Beverly Reid, Lenny McAllister, Paul McKinley and Eric Wallace.

In-person absentee voting will be held today at 69 West Washington. Mail-in absentee ballots must be postmarked by tonight.

Polls will be open throughout the 2nd District from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow.

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