Archive for the ‘Other races’ Category

Jesse White: Party hard, but not too hard

November 7, 2006

Kristin Markway reports: Jesse White, he of the open bar, closed his speech by saying, “Go ahead, enjoy the food, enjoy the drinks.  Just remember, we take away 650 drivers’ licenses a year.”

No joke here.  That’s reasonable enough.

— posted by Robert Mentzer

Everybody still voted yes

November 7, 2006

According to ChicagoElections.com, with about half the districts reporting our friend the unqualified judge, Robert J. Kowalski, has garnered basically the same ratio of yes-to-no votes as all the other judges.  Maybe a little less. So much for an informed electorate…

(And yes, I know that he’s planning to retire in December anyway.  Still.)

— posted by Robert Mentzer

Umholtz found!

November 7, 2006

Through intrepid and dogged reporting, Catherine Crane has located Stu Umholtz.  He is on the train, heading to JBT’s event.  Informed that JBT’s people had twice told Crane they weren’t expecting him, he reportedly said, “Well that’s my plan.”

But you have to assume they won’t be turning him away once he arrives. So I think we can call that one mystery solved.

Still working on tracking the K-Fed Effect, however…

— posted by Robert Mentzer

Dan Hynes has questionable judgment on climate control

November 7, 2006

Reporter Kristin Markway says the headquarters for Comptroller candidate Dan Hynes has turned on heat lamps indoors for some reason. “We’re all baking,” Kristin says. “We’re sweating, it’s disgusting, and it’s only going to get worse as more people show up.”

Okay, yes, this is not the most hard-hitting election blog you are reading tonight. What do you want? It’s early. We’re waiting for the numbers. We don’t have numbers (yet), but we do have gossip and trivial gripes!

— posted by Robert Mentzer

Where’s Stu?

November 7, 2006

Has anybody seen Stewart Umholtz, Republican candidate for Attorney General? His people told ace Medill reporters Catherine Crane that Umholtz would be with Judy Baar Topinka tonight, but on a phone call JBT’s people said they weren’t expecting him. Another phone call to Illinois Republican Party headquarters uncovered someone who said they thought Umholtz was planning to be in Tazwell County tonight.

So he could be anywhere…

UPDATE … Now comes word that the Republican party reportedly can’t get in touch with Umholtz’s campaign manager. Have you seen him? I mean, we can pass the info along to Illinois Republicans…

UPDATE #2 … Still missing! Crane continues to get the run-around from Republicans at JBT’s and the state headquarters…

— posted by Robert Mentzer

Mark Kirk not registered to vote in his own district?

November 7, 2006

A friend tells me he saw a report on WGN that Congressman Mark Kirk (R-10) was improperly registered and pollworkers forced him to cast a provisional ballot this morning. I can’t find the clip but I’m sure my source is reliable…

— posted by Robert Mentzer

Voting for judges, and against one in particular

November 7, 2006

Well my ballot is in, and despite traditional practices in Chicago I’ve decided to only vote once this year.

Boy, that ballot sure includes a lot of tedious yes/no votes for judges, doesn’t it? But your correspondent dutifully went through each and every one, using the cheat sheet I printed out from the very helpful VoteforJudges.org, which we recommend. Makes voting for judges slightly less of a waste of time!

Now even if you don’t care to vote for every single judge on the ballot, do take a moment to vote against Robert J. Kowalski. He’s the only judge on the ballot who received a ‘no’ recommendation from every bar association surveyed by Vote for Judges. That includes the bar associations of Cook County and Illinois State, the Chicago Council of Lawyers and the Decalogue Society of Lawyers. (Here’s why they don’t like him, I guess.)

Here is a story by Medill’s Hilary Masell Oswald about judicial elections–do not miss her sidebar at the bottom of the story about how there is no cap on campaign contributions to judges, which seems crazy.

UPDATE … Three more judges to vote against, if you’re so inclined.

— posted by Robert Mentzer