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Voters in Illinois go to the polls Tuesday to select candidates in the Democratic and Republican primaries. Polls will be open until 8 PM ET throughout the state. Our guide to the key races to watch is below.

IL-Gov (R): Four Republicans are jockeying to take on vulnerable Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in November: wealthy businessman Bruce Rauner; state Sen. and 2010 candidate Kirk Dillard; state Sen. and 2010 nominee Bill Brady; and state treasurer Dan Rutherford. Rauner has poured his personal funds into the race and was helped when Rutherford's campaign imploded after the treasurer was accused of sexually harassing a former aide. Dillard and his allies are making a late push but it looks like it'll be too little too late, as polls give Rauner a dominant lead in the primary.

Please read below the fold for our preview of House races to watch.

IL-11 (R): Republicans are hoping to target Democratic Rep. Bill Foster before he can become entrenched. Of the four Republicans running, state Rep. Darlene Senger probably started the contest as the best known, but her fundraising has been very disappointing. Businessman Bert Miller has been doing much better on that front, outspending Senger $235,000 to $39,000 since the beginning of 2014. Two other candidates are running, but they have not made much of an impact.    

IL-13 (R & D): Freshman Republican Rep. Rodney Davis was handed the 2012 nomination after Rep. Tim Johnson dropped out after the primary, so Tuesday will be the first time Davis will face primary voters. Former Miss America Erika Harold initially looked like she could at least give Davis a real challenge, but alas, it was not to be. Harold quickly demonstrated she did not have anywhere near the fundraising ability she needed to defeat Davis, and the incumbent should have little trouble winning re-nomination.

The district only narrowly supported Romney, and Democrats are hoping that Davis' slim 2012 victory means he's vulnerable here. Former Judge Ann Callis is the national party's preferred candidate over physics professor George Gollin and social policy analyst David Green. Both Callis and Gollin have spent big in the last weeks of the contest, with Callis spending almost twice as much. The only public poll of this race gave Callis a 41-25 edge over Gollin, and Green barely registering.

Other Races:

Illinois: Most of the remaining contests for statewide office have very little suspense, with only one credible candidate running for each party. The one exception is the Republican primary to replace Rutherford as treasurer, where House Minority Leader Tom Cross and DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan are competing. The winner will take on Democratic state Sen. Mike Frerichs.

Pennsylvania state Senate: Normally a special election in a heavily Republican seat would attract little interest, but the race for Pennsylvania's SD-28 may turn out to be surprisingly competitive. Republican state Rep. Ron Miller and Democrat Linda Small are the two names on the ballot, but conservative businessman Scott Wagner is waging an aggressive and well-funded write-in campaign. State Republicans seem to be taking Wagner seriously, and are airing ads against him. Small still has an uphill climb to win this conservative York County seat, but it looks like Wagner has the potential to make things interesting.  

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 07:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Madison County, Illinois Kossacks, Land of Lincoln Kos, and Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (22+ / 0-)

    Contributing Editor, Daily Kos Elections. 24, male, CA-18 (home and voting there), LA-02 (resident).

    by Jeff Singer on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 07:00:15 AM PDT

  •  For a big state... (5+ / 0-)

    ... not many interesting races. I expect more from my Tuesday night entertainment.

  •  I am really concerned about Rauner beating (8+ / 0-)

    Quinn in November. We would have a Scott Walker on steroids I am afraid. I am contemplating and crossing over tomorrow and voting for Dillard. He seems to be the least evil of the four repugs.

    UID 35,098 Nov. 12, 2004. Seems like yesterday.

    by flatford39 on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 09:47:50 AM PDT

    •  Won't matter (1+ / 0-)
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      Carojay

      I heard the snapperheads yammering on Metra the other day.  It's was 'term limits this term limits that.'  They're parroting his narratives and are quire excited about him.

      •  If Rauner is like Scott Walker (4+ / 0-)
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        JGibson, bear83, Carojay, Sister Havana

        than these fools riding with you on Metra best watch out for service cuts and fare increases as he follows the Walker formula and cuts public transportation. Tell them they will be stuck in traffic on the tollway and cursing the ripoff parking fees in downtown Chicago,  and losing the hundreds of dollars they save riding the train.

        •  Wisconsin just announced a $1 Billion surplus (0+ / 0-)

          just sayin...

          •  And as we all know, (6+ / 0-)

            profit is the purpose of government.  I mean tumbling schools, crumbling roads and infrastructure, hungry kids and seniors, who cares.  Amounts collected is exceeding amounts spent...according to Scott Walker's numbers anyway.

            That fits right in with Rauner's narrative.  So indicative of the present state of affairs.  Too many Democrats have bought into Republican priorities.

            •  Uh no.. (0+ / 0-)

              37 out of 50 states are seeing budget surpluses because of the improving economy.

              Wisconsin Democratic Party says state budget surpluses common nationally

              So, it isn't the effects of Walker's policies necessarily.  But, Illinois has seen the same improving revenues, yet despite that we are still in the hole.

              (BTW - I see Wis. K-12 schools are getting a raise this fiscal year - although higher ed is getting cut)

              In addition, Illinois used other means to boost the budget in fiscal 2013 - new user fees, transportation fees and also layoffs.  Wisconsin has none of those.
              Fiscal Survey of the States - Page 26

              It still hasn't been enough.  The Illinois State government is corrupt through and through and is incapable of managing the resources of this state.

              •  So what was the (5+ / 0-)

                fucking point of 'just sayin' if Walker's policies didn't necessarily lead to the surplus?

                What is your fucking beef?  Who is to deny that Illinois is thoroughly corrupt?  But what's you're response to that?

                Apparently 'Bruce Rauner will just be fine, just look what Walker is doing in Wisconsin with the budget....which his policies didn't necessarily lead to?'

                Furthermore, did you fully miss my fucking point?  Who the fuck cares about budget surpluses?  Will Walker spend it on schools?  Healthcare?  Infrastructure?  Fuck no, he'll spend it on more tax cuts for the rich under his own scheme of Kock Bros. brand corruptions.

                You know what Wisconsin also didn't have?  Fucking banksters stealing the goddamn pension money for three decades.  You know what Walker and Rauner's solution to that crisis would be, don't you?  Of course, steal the rest of it.

                But apparently that's a good thing, because what really matters with government is, again, fiscal management.  Whatever.  Sorry Simpson-Bowles was sent to the minors and your jersey is now worthless.

              •  Wait.... (3+ / 0-)
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                flatford39, bear83, NoMoreLies

                did you just say Wisconsin didn't have layoffs?

                So not only am I dealing with someone with some pretty fucked up priorities when it comes to government, I'm dealing with a dishonest broker.

                Tell the DMV workers from facilities in Democratic districts that there were no layoffs in Wisconsin.

                •  In 2013? (1+ / 0-)
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                  nimh

                  I don't think so..  and none planned for 2014.  Look at the link provided.

                  Prior years of course had layoffs.. there were layoffs everywhere.

                  My point was:  Even in good economic times (2103), Illinois still had to lay off people and we still run deficits and our credit ratings are still going down.

                  •  We didn't all start from (2+ / 0-)
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                    NoMoreLies, flatford39

                    fucking zero.

                    Your comparison is akin to asking why some poor kid from the inner city didn't get into as good of a college as some country club puke from fucking Northbrook.

                    Furthermore, the numbers for 2013 don't tell me shit.  The question is, was there anyone fucking left to lay off in Wisconsin after the first two years of Walker's cuts.  At no point did anyone in Illinois run around whacking state jobs for the sake of whacking state jobs.

                    But it's pretty fucking clear your only purpose here is to cherry pick stats, pull them out of context, and use them as a bludgeon for some purpose that is only known to you.

                    •  His point seems pretty clear to me. (0+ / 0-)

                      S/He's saying that Illinois is being misgoverned, pointing to the fact that states around the country (including neighbouring Wisconsin) are registering budget surpluses thanks to the growing economy and Illinois is not, and to how Illinois has had to keep laying off workers even last year and this year, when Wisconsin didn't have to do so. And s/he's not crediting Walker for that, but blaming Illinois government.

                      Note that I'm not necessarily agreeing with him/her. I don't know enough about the data at hand, and I'm starting from a point of hostility towards anything related to Walker and comparative sympathy for the Dem government in Illinois. But the argument s/he's making seems fairly clear-cut, and the statistics match the time-span the argument is about. So your accusations of cherry-picking stats for an obscure purpose seem to be rather off-target.

                      In fact, I started reading this convo without much of any opinion, but I got to say that the more expletive-laden rants you address to this poster, the more I feel supportive of him/her. Especially if those include weird analogies where Wisconsin is supposed to be the state equivalent of "some country club puke from fucking Northbrook" to Illinois's inner city poor kid, and such stuff.

        •  Ha! (4+ / 0-)
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          Satya1, JGibson, flatford39, NoMoreLies

          We are talking about people who voted in crazy Joe.  If the fares go up, it will somehow be poor people/liberals/Democrats/greedy employees' fault.

          Case in point:  after 'term limits this and that,' literally seconds after, it was 'what fantastic run the Circuit Clerk has had,' in discussing the retirement of someone who has held the post for nearly 40 years.

          Even amongst the fairly rational, professional, run of the mill, otherwise intelligent seeming Republicans, the congnative dissonance is astounding.

      •  Rauner's term limit push only affects legislature (3+ / 0-)
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        JGibson, flatford39, NoMoreLies

        Term limits may be the flavor of the day but Rauner's paid signature gatherers conveniently don't highlight the fact that his proposal only impacts the state legislature - not the governor's office or other executive offices.

        Gee, I wonder why.

        •  He left the stick to beat him with (1+ / 0-)
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          NoMoreLies

          in plain sight.  When he starts pushing his legislative term limits veto, make sure there's a grassroots movement for executive term limits, that specifically highlights the fact he wanted to exclude himself.  That's Strategy 101, How You Win.

          Pay no attention to the upward redistribution of wealth!

          by ActivistGuy on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 12:13:03 PM PDT

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    •  I dunno.... (6+ / 0-)

      Despite Rauner's money, I think he's the most beatable of the Republican candidates. Dillard has a better shot with the anyone but Quinn voters. If Quinn runs a good campaign and is surgical with the ads and placement, he can beat up Rauner pretty good. Rauner's ads have been long on cliches and short on policy agenda. I don't think Quinn has the same advantage with Dillard.

      Rauner has said some pretty stupid things (thinks minimum wage is too high). I think we should highlight his stupid comments, but the real winning meme is simply pointing this guy is a 1% and proud of it. Quinn's campaign can and should make it clear who Rauner is REALLY going to represent.

      My first Illinois primary voting experience since coming from a deep blue district in California. This is interesting!

      •  Quinn is running against his own record (1+ / 0-)
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        charliehall2

        which is simply terrible.

        Second to last in the nation in jobs.. at or near the bottom in deficits - despite a 67% increase in state income taxes.

        Quinn has been a disaster for Illinois for exactly the reasons Rauner is using in his ads..  Quinn bows to the needs of corrupt Chicago politicians and union bosses.  Why else couldn't they come up with a fix for the pension problem before the stupid non-fix they finally passed last year?

        If Cook County doesn't turn out for him, he's toast... maybe even if they do.

        •  I agree. (0+ / 0-)

          I've read that his Democratic challenger is going to do pretty well in this primary because of Quinn's push for the pension reform that focused its sacrifice mainly on public employees.

          •  who is his Democratic primary challenger? (0+ / 0-)

            I thought Quinn was running unopposed.

            •  Tio Hardiman (5+ / 0-)
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              Odysseus, flatford39, bear83, jncca, nimh

              This guy.  Hardly serious and I hope my AFSCME friends are not supporting him:

              Hardiman, 51, hasn't held elected office and is unknown outside Chicago. He also has twice been accused of violence toward women, including an arrest and charge of domestic violence last May. That incident led to his ouster at CeaseFire Illinois, a group that aims to stem gang violence.

              While the case has been expunged, Hardiman's wife, Alison, told police that he struck her in the face, leaving a swollen lip and small cut on the side of her neck. Hardiman also kicked her, bruising her buttocks, according to a police report. The argument centered on a disagreement with his then-19-year-old daughter, the report states. Hardiman has denied ever hitting his wife and says they have patched things up.

              Court records and a police report show that Hardiman's previous wife obtained an order of protection against him in September 1999 after she said he knocked her to the ground and struck her on the head.

              Hardiman acknowledged having "some issues in relationships"
              http://www.chicagotribune.com/...

              I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

              by Satya1 on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 11:01:47 AM PDT

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        •  Quinn and unions? (5+ / 0-)

          Quinn bows to union bosses?  The entire body of state employee unions would disagree.  We've got state employees ready to retire years before they want to because of what the "pension reform" will do to their pension if they don't retire before June 30th.

        •  Personally I blame Mikey for about 95% of the (3+ / 0-)
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          Jorge Harris, Odysseus, flatford39

          crap we're in.  (Mike Madigan)   The fiscal problems have been decades in the making.  The response from the legislature has been idiotic - like that amendment they put on the ballot last year this time.  

          I don't think Quinn has had a lot of good choices coming on the heals of the biggest do-nothing in Illinois Guv history, Rod Blagoyavich.

          I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

          by Satya1 on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 10:36:44 AM PDT

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        •  disaster for IL? (4+ / 0-)

          You sound like you are talking the Rauner book.
          Union bosses/ Quinn?
          The unions are very hostile to Quinn because of his backing of the $160 billion pension reduction law.
          Quinn could beat Rauner because as others have stated Rauner is like the guy to the North, Scott Walker.
          Moreover, he is BFF with Sam Zell and other filthy rich arrogant money bag types.
          Quinn won in 2010 against a GOP wave; he can do it again in 2014.

          "It ain't over till it's over."-Yogi Berra

          by mock38 on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 10:59:04 AM PDT

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          •  But unions are spending millions against Rauner (0+ / 0-)

            before he is even the candidate.

            Their faux outrage over the pension law was all bluster for their members (who are genuinely pissed - but it is actually a pretty small change for most retired and nearing retirement).. would they have preferred a law more favorable to them?  Sure.  But the law, as written, is chump change - i.e. union dues won't drop off.  They will drag out a court challenge, but it will be meaningless.

            The unions are fully behind Quinn (and Maddigan  and Cullerton) and have been responsible for some really bad legislation - including the ruling by Quinn that mothers caring for their disabled kids are "state workers" and must pay union dues - to the tune of $80 million dollars!

            Check out Quinn's campaign donors  by industry over the years:

            General Trade Unions     $497,950.00
            Uncoded                  $178,892.00
            Transportation Unions    $153,500.00
            Lawyers & Lobbyists      $124,174.00
            Public Sector Unions     $120,700.00

            You have fallen for the theater Quinn and his buddies have put on for the public:  Chicago Tribune article from last year (before the pension bill)

            Among Quinn's top donors were the Service Employees International Union, which gave $25,000, the state's trial lawyers association with $20,000, the painters union with $17,600 and the Laborers' International Union's Illinois PAC with $15,000.

            The union donations came despite contention between the governor and public employee unions over Quinn's efforts to change workers' retirement benefits to help salvage the state's pension system, which has an unfunded liability of $97 billion.

            Illinois State public workers unions have too damn much power.  Period.
            •  Your opinion. Period. (1+ / 0-)
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              jqb

              A proud member of the Professional Left since 1967.

              by slatsg on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 04:42:14 PM PDT

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            •  The fact that unions will support him against ... (0+ / 0-)

              ... the Republican (and especially a Republican like Rauner) hardly proves that they like the guy. They'd presumably support any Democrat against Rauner. That's not a data point that would prove mock38's remark about how "the unions are very hostile to Quinn" wrong.

              •  Hostile implies they wouldn't lift a finger. (0+ / 0-)

                But it doesn't imply they like him either.

                21, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (school)
                politicohen.com
                Idiosyncratic, pro-establishment. Liberal, not progressive. For the poor, the children, the planet, and the rule of law.
                UC Berkeley; I think I'm in the conservative half of this city.

                by jncca on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 09:15:02 PM PDT

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        •  How would you have fixed (0+ / 0-)

          decades of under-funded public pensions?

          Retired firemen, police officers and teachers do have to eat.

          Election Day is Nov 4th, 2014 It's time for the Undo button on the 2010 Election.

          by bear83 on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 12:21:40 PM PDT

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          •  I thought the pension reform deal was pretty (0+ / 0-)

            fair to union members, quite frankly.

            Reductions to COLA.. raising the retirement age for workers 45 and under, and the highest paid workers have limits.  Big effin' deal.

            And, current workers get a 1% reduction in their contribution.

            That still leaves most teachers and other public sector workers with a very handsome retirement package.

    •  Rauner winning (3+ / 0-)
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      Odysseus, jncca, nimh

      would surely not be a good thing, but we still have near-veto proof majorities in the legislature. Illinois will not become an ALEC lab state.

    •  Dillard's name shows up (0+ / 0-)

      on the AFSCME recommendations list interestingly enough:

      http://www.afscme31.org/...

      I personally don't see AFSCME going against Quinn in the general election though.  No matter how POed they are...

      I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

      by Satya1 on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 11:14:45 AM PDT

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      •  I'm not at all sure I'd bet on that. (1+ / 0-)
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        flatford39

        My AFSCME sister has been voting Republican for years.

        -7.75 -4.67

        "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

        There are no Christians in foxholes.

        by Odysseus on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 11:58:08 AM PDT

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        •  are you saying that because of your sister (4+ / 0-)
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          Satya1, jncca, sapelcovits, nimh

          you expect the whole union to endorse a Republican?

          "I join Justice Ginsburg's dissent in full." - Clarence Thomas in Philip Morris USA v. Williams

          by James Allen on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 12:09:13 PM PDT

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          •  AFSCME 31 is actually fairly R (0+ / 0-)

            lot of state facilities were built in the 90s under Republican watch. Govs Edgar and Ryan made sure the were built in Republican areas as patronage.

            Over half the R caucus in the house voted against pension reform, because they have so many R public workers. See the leadership fight between Durkin and Poe.

            It's a brand new rock.

            by RevolutionRock on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 03:15:03 PM PDT

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            •  I have a hard time believing that (0+ / 0-)

              that translates to endorsing a guy like Bruce Rauner for governor.

              "I join Justice Ginsburg's dissent in full." - Clarence Thomas in Philip Morris USA v. Williams

              by James Allen on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 05:19:11 PM PDT

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              •  Not Rauner, Dillard (1+ / 0-)
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                Satya1

                The issue was their backing Dillard.

                The big three have labeled Rauner enemy number one and are making keeping him out of Springfield their priority.

                That's why they've dumped money and effort into the primary. If Dillard is the nominee they believe they can sit back and relax. Democrats will still have a super in at least one, potential both the House and Senate.

                He voted against pension reform and is nominally better than Quinn on their number one issue.

                There's a pretty clear path to the big three backing a hypothetical Dillard nominee over Quinn. That's the reason establishment Democrats are so happy about Rauner, he forces the public unions to back Quinn.

                It's a brand new rock.

                by RevolutionRock on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 06:12:14 PM PDT

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    •  Rauner will Lie and Buy (0+ / 0-)

      the nomination and then the election. Please IL dems, cross over and vote for Dillard. We cannot risk a Rauner candidacy.

  •  I voted Republican ;) (11+ / 0-)

    I actually picked up a republican primary ballot because where I am at (DuPage County), there wasn't much on the Democratic ballot.  Mostly just one person in each race or no Dem running.

    I grabbed a Republican ballot so I could vote for Ron Sandack for State Representative.  He was one of I think two Republicans to vote for the gay marriage bill last year.  Because of that vote, a social conservative is running against him in the primary.  

    Where I am at, the Dem doesn't have much of a chance of winning, so I decided to get the best Republican I could.

    •  Picking up a GOP ballot is ass backwards (0+ / 0-)

      You aren't a Democrat if you do, you weaken then party which is weak in many districts unable to field candidates.
      But you pat yourself on the back for being clever.

      The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.

      •  Getting the least conservative representation (1+ / 0-)
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        nimh

        possible is more important than voting for a Democrat.

        21, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (school)
        politicohen.com
        Idiosyncratic, pro-establishment. Liberal, not progressive. For the poor, the children, the planet, and the rule of law.
        UC Berkeley; I think I'm in the conservative half of this city.

        by jncca on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 01:49:00 PM PDT

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      •  I am exercising my franchise (3+ / 0-)
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        jncca, nimh, WisJohn

        in the most effective way possible to achieve my political goal, which is a Dem Gov. It is unusual and rare, but totally rational in this case.

    •  There were three Republicans in the House (1+ / 0-)
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      Sandack, Ed Sullivan, and Tom Cross.

      Living in Kyoto-06 (Japan), voting in RI-01, went to college in IL-01.

      by sapelcovits on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 03:28:21 PM PDT

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    •  I am doing the same thing. (0+ / 0-)

      I'm also in the 81st IL House district and am voting for Sandack. He was the first IL House Republican to support marriage equality, which I appreciate and which took a lot of courage to do. Plus his opponent (Keith Matune) is dreadful, the race is tight, and there is no Democrat running for the seat, so the winner of the primary will most likely win the general election.

      Yes we can! Yes we did! Yes we will!

      by Sister Havana on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 10:06:46 PM PDT

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  •  Rauner has smartly (6+ / 0-)

    been running against Quinn the entire time.  It's going to be a challenge to keep Quinn in place, and this guy is one dangerous fuck.

    •  Madigan runs Springfield (1+ / 0-)
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      Satya1

      It doesn't matter who the governor is.

      •  They said stuff like that (2+ / 0-)
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        Odysseus, Carojay

        about a place called "Chicago" too.

        Then along came a guy named Rahm.

        Further, it's not like Madigan just waives his wand.  It's always a matter of negotiation, and after this election his majority could be small enough to where the conserva-Dems make it not a majority at all.

        Further, Madigan sucks.  He's bad enough with overly pragmatic moderate leaning Dem.  I'd hate to see what happens in this state when he meets up with someone who's likely to shut government down if he doesn't get his way.

        Sorry, but your lack of concern is the biggest concern here.

        •  Madigan IS a conservaDem (0+ / 0-)

          and Rahm is not really different than Daley before him.

          •  Rahm is significantly different (0+ / 0-)

            Daly's corruption lead to enrichment of union workers, party organizers, and small to medium sized business owners.

            Rahm's corruption leads to enrichment of banksters, corporations, and people in certain tony Gold Coast enclaves.

            As for Madigan, I'm not sure how his conserva-Dem'ism makes a difference in this discussion.  Rather it furthers my point.  As much as I may argue for better Dems being the priority, now that the die is set, there's not much point, much less veracity, in claiming

            Madigan + Quinn

            =

            Madigan + Rauner

            •  You are out of touch. (1+ / 0-)
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              Jacob1145

              Daley in his last decade of office went on a privitizing mission undercutting the unions all the way. Rahm has very few policies that weren't already enacted under Daley.

              •  It's like comparing (0+ / 0-)

                Third Way union busting to Republican union busting.  Rahm has expanded Daly's dabbling and instituted many of his own union busting projects.  The teachers' strike in 2012 was a direct result of hard core union busters put into positions of power by Rahm with the direct aim of not just balancing his precious budget on the backs of students and teachers, but of busting the union itself.

                Despite your yammering about who is and who isn't out of touch, it is you that is proving yourself simplistic and naive in this discussion.  I'm thinking it's more a matter of you being so far too in touch to the point that you're an advocate and protector of sacred cows.

            •  If I need to be more clear - it doesn't matter (0+ / 0-)

              who the governor is since Madigan already runs the show. With Quinn, Madigan will have someone to sign his bills, with Rauner he might still have a governor who signs his bills. And if not, he'll get the veto proof majorities he needs to bypass Rauner.

              How long have you lived in the Chicago area? You seem a tad out of touch with the political history and dynamics here.

              •  Actually that clarifies things completely. (0+ / 0-)

                I now know that you are completely talking out of both sides of your mouth.  Here, let me make it clear in your own language...

                With Quinn, Madigan will have someone to sign his bills
                is better than
                with Rauner he might still have a governor who signs his bills
                What don't you get about that subtle nuance of having his bills signed mattering?

                As for

                he'll get the veto proof majorities he needs to bypass Rauner
                I mean it's just pure fucking fantasy.  Serious fucking loony bird shit.  Let's get this straight...in a state where Madigan hasn't have a veto-proof majority at any time in recent memory, he will suddenly get one in an election where Bruce fucking Rauner was also elected governor.

                You really don't see how fucking out of touch THAT is?

  •  The Gollin vs. Callis primary is interesting (3+ / 0-)
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    mightymouse, Odysseus, nimh

    because it's one of the rare cases where it's a competitive seat, we have a candidate clearly positioning themselves as the more "progressive" choice, and our chances of winning the general would go down but certainly not disappear if that more progressive choice would win. I'm rooting for Gollin under the principle of you gotta be willing to take risks for potential policy gains, but I won't cry a river if Callis wins (and everyone in the district should GOTV and vote for her in November if she does!)

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    by gabjoh on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 09:59:12 AM PDT

    •  Callis (5+ / 0-)
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      Jacob1145, Carojay, nimh, gabjoh, WisJohn

      Not only is she more moderate, she comes from the more elastic part of the state.  Champaign is very liberal students/professors + very conservative farmers.  Not much gain to coming from there.  Callis's part of the district is Demosaurs who will vote D for the right Dem but have no qualms supporting Davis against a liberal Champaign professor.

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      by jncca on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 01:50:42 PM PDT

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  •  Other races to watch (1+ / 0-)
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    blizek

    Guzzardi vs incumbent Toni Berrios.

    This is called the hipsters vs Latino election. I think a more apt description is the new Dems vs the Chicago Machine Dems.

    Sercey for the 1st District of the Cook County Board of Elections. This guy is going places!

  •  Kevin Costner would like your map. (0+ / 0-)

    Has Chicagoland become waterworld?

    "So listen, oh, Don't wait." Vampire Weekend.

    by Publius2008 on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 10:06:15 AM PDT

  •  Wow. Gerrymander much? (1+ / 0-)
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    nimh
  •  I have a twisted interest in the 8th CD (0+ / 0-)

    to see who will run against Duckworth.  Kaifesh I guess, but I haven't seen any polls and Goel might be competitive for all I know.  They both sound hilarious to me, but that might mean they're just what the GOP ordered.

    I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

    by Satya1 on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 10:33:35 AM PDT

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