About last night...
Good morning! We're going to continue to feed you tidbits and nuggets today as the dust settles on last night's interesting results.
But here are some thoughts about the election's results from across the suburbs to get started this morning.
- Last night's results mean the suburban delegation will continue to be young, in seniority terms. In 2010, the Republican national wave sent three suburban freshmen to Congress: U.S. Reps. Robert Dold, Randy Hultgren and Joe Walsh. In 2012, voters will send two Democratic freshmen Brad Schneider, Tammy Duckworth and a quasi-sophomore in Bill Foster.
- To Springfield go at least 11 suburban freshmen to the House and Senate, depending on how you count.
- The Democrats in at least the Illinois Senate and maybe the House will have majorities bigger than the three-fifths needed to override governor vetoes, borrow money and approve budgets late without any Republican votes.
But that doesn't mean they'll be able to. The Senate had a three-fifths majority two years ago when it approved the income tax hike, but Democrats still couldn't pull enough votes together to approve borrowing billions of dollars to pay the state's bills.
Though Democrats appear to have 40 members of the Senate - compared to Republicans' 19 - they're a diverse group, from Chicago Democrats to moderate suburban members and more conservative downstate Democrats. It can sometimes can be hard for them to pull together.
- We're still digesting things, but it looks to us like Lake County and northern Cook could have been Democrats' biggest boon of the night in Illinois. Much of Schneider's newly won district is there, and Democrats have been running hard for that seat in Congress for a long time.
And the county is largely the site of major legislative pickups for the party. State Rep. Carol Sente's win is there, as are Sam Yingling's and Melinda Bush's wins to flip districts from Republican to Democrat. And Democrats successfully defended state Sen. Susan Garrett's seat via a Julie Morrison win.
Democratic state Sen. Dan Kotowski of Park Ridge won re-election, and Scott Drury of Highwood keeps Democratic state Rep. Karen May's old seat. And a win by Democratic Des Plaines Marty Moylan flips Republican state Rep. Rosemary Mulligan's seat.
- We're still trying to make heads or tails of a lot of this, so please chime in if you've got some thoughts about last night.