Friday, December 28, 2012
Part 5 of a series: Geneva Patch takes a look at 10 fascinating people who played roles in the top stories of 2012, culminating with the announcement of Geneva Patch's 2012 "Person of the Year."
"Honestly," you're saying to yourself, "Kevin Burns is only fifth on Patch's list of top Geneva newsmakers in 2012? He doesn't even make the top five?" And to be equally honest, Geneva's mayor could be No. 1 on the newsmaker list every year. He is a fascinating guy, and whether you love him or hate him, he keeps the conversation lively, to say the least. 2012 was no exception. One of Geneva Patch's top stories of 2012 was the GOP primary battle between Burns and former state Sen. Chris Lauzen for the chance to become the next Kane County Board chairman. Burns came out swinging in the early rounds, making an announcement in front of the Kane County Government Center that didn't name Lauzen specifically, but might as well called him out …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Emily Litella said it a different way, but the point is that same. There's a lot of funny commentary going on out there.
I think it’s time to employ my favorite column overture one more time. Good grief, people! Get a grip! It was just a presidential election. By the sound of some your Patch voices, you’d a thunk they just cancelled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. We’ll start with the pro-president folks who, even though in the vast Geneva minority, were equally as annoying as the haters. Yes! I too was happy the president prevailed, but only because obstructionism should never be rewarded and four more years threw a slew of reality-challenged folks into complete conniptions. But you can dispense with all the “praise Gods” and blessing the president stuff because, rest assured, the Big Guy doesn’t have time for presidential politics. He’s far too busy rooting for …
Friday, November 9, 2012
It my be that "politics is local," but business is more so for Geneva-area business people.
For a lot of Geneva-area business owners, the presidential election is of extreme interest, but its impact on their business is as distant as Washington, D.C. Geneva Patch asked owners for their thoughts about the state of the business environment on the day after the Nov. 6 election. "In terms of your question, I don't think the election will make any appreciable difference to the business environment," said Mike Simon, co-owner of The Little Traveler. "Nothing today is any different than it was yesterday, and I never got a sense that people were waiting and hoping for a (Gov. Mitt) Romney win so they could change course in their spending habits. If we see a big jump, or a large fall in business in the next few days, I'll let you know." …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Eagle Brook and Mill Creek folks favored Gov. Mitt Romney in Tuesday's General Election; Geneva East residents liked President Barack Obama.
Geneva was for Romney in Tuesday's presidential election, but who we voted for varied drastically from neighborhood to neighborhood. Gov. Mitt Romney was the decided winner in Geneva Township's 21 precincts, capturing 7,950 votes to President Barack Obama's 5,938 votes. That translates to a 55.94 percent for Romney and 41.78 percent for Obama, of the 14,211 Geneva Township ballots cast in the presidential race. About 2.3 percent of Geneva Township voters cast ballots for other candidates. Of the township's 21 precincts, six favored Obama and 15 gave the edge to Romney, according to election results posted on the Kane County Clerk's Office website. Romney's biggest margin of victory was in Geneva's Precinct 19, located in the Eagle Brook …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Perennial candidate wins race for 25th State Senate seat.
Jim Oberweis has finally won his seat in Springfield. The Republican outpaced Democrat Corinne Pierog Tuesday night by a total of outpaced 51,282 to Pierog's 37,802. Oberweis won yet another GOP primary this March to take on Democrat Pierog for the 25th District State Senate seat. The campaign was far from his first: Oberweis, chairman of Oberweis Dairy, has made tries for the U.S. Senate and House, as well as running for governor. This time around, he was endorsed by the Chicago Tribune, despite the paper's vocal criticism of him in the past. Pierog, a St. Charles resident, sits on the St. Charles School board and was appointed to the St. Charles Housing Commission. -------------------------- Be part of the conversation as the votes …
Randy Hultgren coasts to an easy win over Democrat Dennis Anderson—the first incumbent to win 14th District re-election since Dennis Hastert.
In the days when House Speaker Dennis Hastert roamed the Earth, Illinois' 14th Congressional District was a guaranteed red-state Republican romp. The Grand Old Party had gone unbeaten, untied and unscored-upon in this conservative Chicago collar-county district since 1939, and when the former Yorkville High School wrestling coach rose to the lofty post of House speaker, it seemed there would be no end to the 14th District Republican dynasty. Then came Hastert's curious midterm retirement. And a nationwide Democratic insurgence. And Bill Foster’s 2008 win over Hastert’s hand-picked successor, Jim Oberweis. Randy Hultgren righted the 14th District ship for his political party with a close win over Foster in 2010 and sealed the deal Tuesday …
Rob Russell wins the race with 56 percent of the vote. Here are some quotes and a recap of other Kane County races.
Republican Rob Russell won a contentious race Tuesday for Kane County coroner, according to unofficial election results. With 291 precincts reporting, Russell captured about 56 percent of the total vote. His opponent, Democratic candidate Tao Martinez, came in with 43 percent. "I’m very happy, very humbled for this opportunity," Russell told Patch. "I look forward to serving the citizens of Kane County for the next four years." Martinez said the campaign, his first time running for public office, was a challenging one. He congratulated all of tonight's winners on both sides of the political spectrum. "I have no regrets in how I ran my campaign," Martinez said. "I tried to set an example. I was not your typical candidate. Everyone noticed …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
McCormick Place is filled with celebration as the race is called.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
LIVE from McCormick Place: Patch reports live from the Chicago celebration. Comments on this post are set for pre-publication review.
What will 2012 ballots in northern Illinois show about President Obama's support at home?
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Updated at 3 a.m., Chicago time By Dennis Robaugh After NBC and CNN projected President Obama's re-election, the president sent a message shortly thereafter on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." Illinois, of course, was never in play. Our state's 20 electoral votes were stuck in the president's back pocket as far back as his inauguration in 2008. But in 2008's historic election, President Obama carried every collar county in northern Illinois. In 2012, the president narrowly lost out to Mitt Romney in Kane County, Kendall County and McHenry County, with 99 percent of precincts reporting. Voter turnout again was very strong. Local polling places even reported lines at 6 a.m. with voters waiting to get…
Find coverage of the various congressional matchups throughout the Patch network.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
While many of northern Illinois' congressional races left little in the way of doubt, a few provided down-to-the-wire drama and competitiveness. Judy Biggert and Bill Foster were in a dead heat as Election Day approached, with Foster emerging victorious, according to unofficial totals. And Joe Walsh and Tammy Duckworth engaged in a bitter mudfest, with Walsh being tossed out by voters. Jesse Jackson Jr. didn't campaign at all, citing health issues, yet won-reelection, and Adam Kinzinger, Dan Lipinski, Danny Davis and Peter Roskam didn't feel they had to. Coverage of the various congressional races can be viewed throughout the Patch network.