Suburban Political Recount

Suburban Political Recount

Mark Kirk up in polls, but Seals close

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Sun, 10/05/2008 - 23:44
A new poll out over the weekend gives U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk a 6 percentage point edge in his north suburban 10th District race against Democrat Dan Seals. The poll commissioned by the liberal Daily Kos blog shows Kirk of Highland Park with 44 percent and Seals of Wilmette with 38 percent. The poll was conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday among 400 respondents with a 5 percent margin of error. The results are much closer than an earlier poll conducted by the Kirk campaign that puts the incumbent Republican at 51 percent and Seals at 29 percent with 21 percent undecided. That poll was taken on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11. Both polls focused on ‘likely voters’ and they both have relatively high margins of error, calling their validity into question.

Democrat hopefull takes hits on pay-to-play

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Sat, 10/04/2008 - 18:30
Democrat Aurora Austriaco's law firm gave more than $130,000 to Gov. Rod Blagojevich and it has won nearly a $1 million in state contracts over the last four years. Austriaco is a proficient fundraiser in her bid to unseat Republican state Rep. Rosemary Mulligan in the northwest Cook County's 65th District. Austriaco has hit cable TV already with ads that paint Mulligan out of touch and she has been railing against "pay-to-play" on the campaign trail. But Mulligan is now getting started. The veteran incumbent from Des Plaines dropped a mailer this weekend that paints Austriaco as buying state contracts with campaign donations to Blagojevich.

Baseball and taxes

Posted by JP on Sat, 10/04/2008 - 12:37
I was hoping to turn this info into a story but the way things are going, there won't be any Chicago teams in the playoffs next week. While much of Chicagoland dreamed of a crosstown World Series, there's a financial reason as well. It would ensure that all the players are paying income taxes in Illinois rather than some other state. Baseball, and other professional athletes, usually pay income taxes based on the days they are in each state. So if there's a 7-game series between a Chicago team and a California team, those California team players owe Illinois for the days they are in Illinois. To maximize tax revenue for Illinois, you'd want every series to go the maximum and the Cubs and Sox to play high payroll teams along the way.

Do the panic!

Posted by JP on Fri, 10/03/2008 - 09:59

Yeah, I know, it's supposed to be a politics blog.
After watching/listening to yesterday's Sox and Cubs games I've got a new theme song. At least Phantom Planet kinda makes panicking sound fun.


OK, I just realized ...

Posted by JP on Thu, 10/02/2008 - 15:39
The Sox are playing in the stadium that was going to be home field had the clock not stopped in the Illinois House all those year ago to buy some time on the new Comiskey financing scheme.

Obama on 'Mike and Mike' show:

Posted by JP on Thu, 10/02/2008 - 08:38
Democratic presidential nominee (and White Sox fan) Barack Obama was a guest via phone on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” show just after 8 a.m. this morning. Hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic noted they’d had Republican John McCain on recently and had little interest in truly focusing on politics. Here’s an overview of the segment. First question was what Obama thought of the Oregon State basketball coaching job. Obama’s brother-in-law is the new basketball coach there. Q: Thoughts of the Sox playoff opener? Obama: “I’m a little worried about our pitching rotation right now. It’s not optimal.” Obama: Why do you have turf in Tampa? Mike and Mike: “They have a dome.” Obama: “Your in Tampa, Florida man.”

The Republican who voted 'Yes' on the bailout

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Wed, 10/01/2008 - 17:25
U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk wasn't reachable after being one of the lone Republicans from Illinois to support the controversial $700 billion bailout deal on Monday. But we caught up with him recently to get a better take on why he stuck his neck out to back the plan. Other Republicans in the 'burbs gave the historic proposal a thumbs down, including U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert and U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo. (None of them claimed the speech by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed them to vote against the plan.) "I think they made an error," says Kirk of Highland Park of the votes against the bailout. Like other congressional members in the region, Kirk said he was swamped with phone calls, letters and emails from voters telling him to vote 'No.' They were mad.

Get your latest Obama rap video here -

Posted by Joseph Ryan on Wed, 10/01/2008 - 09:46

Back in 2007, Chicago's Big Hit Buda made headlines with their "We Da Bears" tribute.

This time they have put their exceptional talents to elect Obama, with a video aptly titled "Elect Obama (remix)."

It may not go down in history like the Obama Girl video or the will.i.am spot - and given the that it is rap and features giant gold chains it probably won't be promoted by the campaign - but it is a high-quality, catchy mix.

See what you think:

Everyone makes mistakes

Posted by JP on Tue, 09/30/2008 - 16:11
From a news release emailed today ... Institute for Public Accuracy 915 National Press Building, Washington, D.C. 20045 Tuesday, September 30, 2008 Correction: Sierra Club and "Pickens Plan" An IPA news release, sent out on Sept. 22 quoting Tyson Slocum from Public Citizen, implied that the Sierra Club has thrown its support behind T. Boone Pickens' "Pickens Plan" because the Sierra Club has received money from the Texas oilman. This is false. Slocum was quoted as saying, "Unfortunately, some groups, like the Sierra Club, have signed on to Pickens' plan because T. Boone showers money on groups and politicians. That's one of the reasons we at Public Citizen don't take corporate money." The Sierra Club, in fact, has not accepted any money

Saturday Night rewind ...

Posted by JP on Mon, 09/29/2008 - 10:14

In case you missed it, here are the political highlights from Saturday Night Live.
That Obama impersonation needs some work.