TUESDAY, DECEMBER 30
More stories on Ryan implications:
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19
After Jonathan Wright filed on Monday it was assumed that Republicans were done filing for the day, but then came Andy Martin. Although we reported on October 14th, that Andy Martin was considering entering the Senate race in Illinois as of today his FEC filings still reflect that he is running for Senate in Florida. However, his website says that he is running for Senate in Illinois and he filed his signature petitions with the Illinois State Board of Elections this Monday.
Martin has a storied history including multiple Senate and Presidential runs. He drew national attention during the 2000 Presidential Race when he ran an ad accusing Bush of taking cocaine:
He has also made comments about Ariel Sharon including the following:
To read more about Martin click here.
After the Whitehouse released Barney Cam II: Barney Reloaded the Senate campaigns decided to get in on the Christmas spirit. Blair Hull gave seniors a present by bringing them to Canada to buy drugs (prescription). John Borling released a poem he composed as a POW in a communist prison camp:
Andy McKenna is asking supporters to help him in a donation drive for the Forever Free Program which helps mothers recover from alcohol and drug addictions. And in the strangest move of the season Dan Hynes released a rewrite of the 12 Days of Christmas which included the following:
It remains to be seen whether this strategy works well. Maureen Ryan reports in, "Don't expect `Grandma' to be run over and over" that people don't appreciate parody songs:
State Sen. Barack Obama was given a major boost when U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky endorsed him this Tuesday. (press release) Eric Zorn summed up the importance on his blog:
The "conservative, anti-tax group" Club for Growth endorsed Jack Ryan..
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18
In what may be a deciding moment in this Senate race, former Governor George Ryan was indicted on racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud, tax fraud, false Statements, and false tax reports. On November 6, 2002 columnist Steve Neal wrote:
In the aftermath of George’s indictment the question intensifies, can the Republican party rebuild and deliver a Republican Senator in 2004? Particularly, important is whether Jack Ryan will suffer from the same name confusion that plagued Jim Ryan. Fellow Republican candidate Jim Oberweis said, “Through no fault of his own, he (Jack Ryan) has the wrong name to run in Illinois in 2004." However, Oberweis himself most likely has the most ties to Ryan as reported by Pearson in October:
Jack!'s campaign released a statement praising the work of Patrick Fitzgerald and saying they did not feel it would adversely affect the campaign:
State Sen. Steve Rauschenberger may benefit most from the move since he has fought Ryan for years. WBBM and Columnist John Kass have both given the Senator credit:
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16
Nancy Skinner and Jonathan Wright both filed on Monday. View complete results here.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 15
"We Got Him." Time will tell whether the capture of Saddam Hussein will reshape the political landscape. Current Illinois Senator Dick Durbin had the worst timing, when on Friday, Dec 12th the Daily Herald published a story headlined, "Durbin doubts Saddam capture near."
Today Durbin stated, "We're hoping the capture will break the back of the resistance (in Iraq), but only time will tell." Sen. Peter Fitzgerald released a statement:
Retired Maj. General John Borling, one of only two candidates who have served in the military said:
Blair Hull the only other candidate to have served in the armed forces released a statement:
Jack Ryan used the news to criticize some of the most vocal opponents to the war in a press release entitled, "REPUBLICAN FRONT-RUNNER CALLS ON DEMOCRAT OPPONENTS TO TONE DOWN RHETORIC."
Complete list of petition gathering efforts:
* Signatures raised figures have been supplied by the campaigns themselves and are not independently verified.
Candidates have till the 15th to file. 5,000 signatures is the minimum to obtain ballot placement.
Maria Pappas received the endorsement of the influential Women's Campaign Fund. The fund was founded in 1974 after Roe v Wade and is "dedicated to electing pro-choice women running for office at all levels." The PAC has raised over $250,000 this election cycle and will certainly be looking for places to spend it. Thus far their largest payouts have been $3,000 to Patty Murray and $2,000 for Barbara Boxer. Susan Medalie, Executive Director of the fund said of Pappas, "You have been supportive of women’s issues for many years, and we know that the people of your state will be well served by your competent and caring work. . . Just as a woman’s right to choice is critical, so is the election of Maria Pappas to the Senate. We understand this, and strongly endorse you for your election."
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9
Illinois lost one of its most respected Senators today with the death of Paul Simon. Following are statements released by several campaigns:
MONDAY, DECEMBER 8
Maria Pappas filed the maximum of 10,000 signatures. Dan Hynes announced that he collected 125,000 signatures. Dr. Kathuria collected over 10,000, Borling filed 10,000. Jonathan Wright will file later this week. Rauschenberger collected 21,000 signatures, filed 10,000, and announced "We won't challenge the petitions of any other Republican seeking the US Senate . . . If someone wants to run for US Senate-let them run. I welcome them to the race . . ." McKenna filed 10,000 signatures. He also used the occasion to blast state Democrats:
Complete results coming soon on petition filing coming soon.
Barack Obama launched a redesigned website today. http://www.obamaforillinois.com
Joyce Washington is having some difficulty keeping her website up to date, her latest press release is from May 28th, and her latest news story is from May 14th. However, her fundraising has not gone too bad. Joyce hired Jane Asselta, a national Democratic fundraiser who has worked for Bobby Rush, Carol Moseley-Braun, and five Senate races. She has raised $230,000, much of the money from the health care industry. Top contributors include employees at Sacred Heart Hospital, Hoffman Estates Medical Center, Healthcare Dynamics, and Cavero Medical Group.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4
The Illinois Senate race is truly becoming one of the most competitive and interesting races of the cycle. More money has gone into this race than any other Senate race in the country. In fact, the numbers are staggering, IL Senate Candidates as of the third quarter FEC Filings have raised over $19 million dollars, more than double the $8 million of the next highest state, Pennsylvania, and four times more than that of Florida. The political handicappers at Congressional Quarterly place Illinois and Alaska as the only states in the "No Clear Favorite" category. Although they acknowledge, "If you had to push this one, it would lean slightly Democratic, simply because of Illinois' recent Democratic trend and the lack of star quality in the crowded GOP primary field." The Cook Political Report calls it this way, "It isn't even possible to assess the general election until we know who the nominees are. For now this race sits in the Toss Up column, but it remains Democrats' best chance to pick up a Republican seat."
Almost everyone agrees it will be close, but two
factors, funding and party support, show that the Democrats may have more of an
edge. Democratic candidates have raised an estimated $6.6 million in
individual contributions so far, while their Republican counter parts have
raised an estimated $2.1 million. When you add in the amount that PACs have
given and the amount that candidates have given to their own campaigns to get
total receipts the numbers jump to $5 million for Republicans and $15 million
for the Democrats.
Also the National Republican Senatorial Committee seems to be giving more lackluster support that the DSCC. While the DSCC sees this as one of their best chances for a pickup, the Republicans are understandably concentrating efforts in capturing the open seats of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. The DSCC has opened a campaign office in Illinois and has launched a website specifically for this race at http://www.illinoisdemocraticvictory.org.
December 8th is the first day that campaigns can turn in the petitions to get onto the March 16th primary ballot. All signatures must be finalized by the 15th. While 5,000 signatures is the minimum number to get on the ballot, most campaigns are attempting to raise at least 10,000 in order to ensure that challenged signatures will not push them below the 5,000 signature requirement. The requirements for petition circulators and signers are fairly rigid and occupy almost three pages (9 through 11) of the 2004 Illinois Candidate Guide (PDF format).
This may very well separate the contenders from the
pretenders and narrow the field. Obama's campaign reports having gathered 25,000
signatures, five times the required amount. Jack Ryan's campaign e-mail seemed
confidant, although it did not mention any numbers. Gery Chico has been
campaigning for over a year and Dan Hynes who has won state wide election before
are not expected to have any problems. Blair Hull has spent millions
on his campaign and has traveled extensively through the state and should have
plenty. Jim Oberweis, has got on the ballot in the past and is reporting over
10,000 signatures to date, Steve Rauschenburger, and Andy McKenna are also
expected to meet the requirements.
The first victim of the signature requirement may be Republican Mayor turned Democratic Senatorial Candidate Matt O'Shea. O'Shea, has officially dropped out of the race for Senate in Illinois. As he waved good bye, O'Shea gave Gery Chico the nod. O'Shea's endorsement of Chico came on the morning that Chico announced his “Rebuilding Illinois” economic plan. O'Shea commented:
While O'Shea had not raised even $5,000 or the
necessary signatures, and was not considered to have significant support, he was
the only downstate Democratic candidate. This may make things just a
little more interesting, and the tight race even tighter. With the Chicago vote
being split between five “home town” Democratic candidates, Southern and Central
Illinois count more than ever.
Another interesting note on third quarter campaign contributions, other than Illinois, New York donated more money to IL Senate candidates than any other state. Chico, Obama, and Ryan have all received significant sums from the Big Apple. Obama received the most money from NY with $82,650, and while Ryan raised slightly less, $78,750, it is actually accounts for a much higher percentage of his total receipts. Nancy Skinner wins the out-of-state contributions race with a whopping 93% of her money coming from out of state. Massachusetts, New York, Michigan, and Maine all donated more than Illinois. Dan Hynes, seems to be quite popular with the Hispanic vote, in Puerto Rico. Hynes raised more money out of state from the American territory than from any other outside state, including California and New York. Many of the large contributions seem to come from people related to the Fernandez family.
More news on Andy McKenna, Jim Oberweis, Joyce Washington, and the latest poll numbers coming tomorrow.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17
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State Sen. Barack Obama continues to attract attention to his campaign. He picked up the support of two unions, the Service Employees International Union (photos of rally), and the Illinois Federation of Teachers. The Tribune wrote a fairly upbeat article on the subject. Columnist Bernard Schoenburg wrote a piece in the State Journal-Register detailing Obama's drug usage, which was no big surprise since it all came from Obama's book "Dreams from my Father." One quote:
Obama also launched two one minute radio spots including one entitled "Join" (listen mp3):
Obama currently has the largest online following through meetup.com with 460 members, compared to Hynes with 51, and Hull with 106.
Hull has been bombarding everything with ads. Steve Neal recently wrote a piece in the Sun-Times and the online version at press time was surrounded by Blair Hull banner ads. Hull has also advertised on CNN's political web page. Neal's piece highlighted the following:
Hynes issued a press release stating he has now raised over $3 million.
Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. John Borling was written up in the Daily Herald which included these excruciating details about being a POW:"
If the race was not confusing enough, Durbin has decided to run! Jeff Durbin (http://www.durbinforsenate.us) has thrown his hat into the race (view FEC filing) While he has not gained much media attention as of yet, he has been on WGN's Spike O'Dell Morning Show, and is confident that he will get on the ballet. He has a number of events coming up including a Dec 6th fundraiser in his hometown of Streator. Durbin received five college degrees from SIU, including a B.A., three Masters degrees, and a Ph.D. in Sociology. He also received a fourth Masters degree in Gifted Education from Northeastern Illinois University and is working on a second doctorate in Educational Leadership at Roosevelt University. Durbin was awarded the prestigious LAUNCH fellowship for leadership in education from Chicago Public Schools and Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School and School of Education and Social Policy and currently serves as an Instructional Specialist for the Chicago Public Schools.
And has anyone noticed the difference between the national senate campaign committees? The Republicans only have four candidates posted on their site, and excerpts from the George Will piece on Jack Ryan. While the Democrats have a much better site with more information, for some reason they seem to focus all of their attacks on Oberweis, including their latest sensational piece "HE’S BAAAACCKK!" tying Oberweis to George Ryan. Does the DSCC know something?
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10
An article regarding her announcement was also in the Daily Herald.
Windy City Media Group posted an article entitled, "GLBT Group Forms for Candidate Obama."
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4
Maria, why did you have to complicate things?
Yes, Maria Pappas made the very expected move of joining the race,
making the list of Democrats seeking the open seat nine. It is
interesting to note the difference between the candidates in each party.
On the Republican side you have only one candidate who currently holds
office, however the Democrats now have Dan Hynes who holds state wide
office as Comptroller, Barack Obama who is a State Senator, Maria Pappas
as Cook County Treasurer, Gery Chico as former President of the Chicago
Public Schools and Chief of Staff to Daley, and Matt O'Shea a mayor,
albeit a Republican one. Obviously, the Democrats looking at Illinois
voting tendencies in the past are hoping for an easy win in the general.
And recently on WLS radio Don Wade and Roma raved over the Oberweis eggnog, its seems Oberweis Dairy is organizing a fundraiser in conjunction with Children's Memorial Hospital. While I am sure that has nothing to do with the Senate campaign, it has got to be great for PR and name recognition.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 27
Jack Ryan released his internal polling numbers which showed he had double digit leads over his opponents. The results were Jack with 35%, Jim Oberweis received 11%, Steve Rauschenberger received 3%, John Borling received 2%, Andrew McKenna received 2%, followed by Jonathan Wright at 1%, and then Chirinjeev Kathuria, who came in at less than one percent.
As a lead up to the poll, Jack had released a massive barrage of TV and Radio ads, combined with mailers. While some campaigns wrote off the numbers completely others took a different approach, Rauschenberger released a statement:
While Borling's Manager Rod McCulloch was somewhat more skeptical:
On the endorsement front, Hynes picked up the endorsement of the state's "leading openly gay, progressive, elected officials - State Representative Larry McKeon and Alderman Tom Tunney." Rauschenberger picked up the endorsement of former contender and RTA Board chairman Tom McCracken. And Nancy Skinner got the endorsement of Derrick Mosley and his Chicago based organization, "Bringing About Reform." The press release included this statement from Mosley:
Nancy also reported $50,004 in contributions, coming nowhere near the major hitters, but close to rivaling Oberweis receipts of $68,034. Oberweis got a slow start, but has recently hired additional people to help with the fundraising. Blair Hull loaned himself another $2 million in the third quarter, and I am sure we were all dying to know, rental costs for the "Hull on Wheels" were $37,715 for the quarter. Hull on the Democratic side and Ryan with the Republican have triggered the Millionaires amendment for both parties, allowing donors to give up to $12,000 for the primary.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18
IL Senate has released the Republican Candidate Issue Questionnaire. The 22 page document poses a list of questions to each candidate on issues including NAFTA, abortion, the environment, and affirmative action. To access this and other downloads on the site, click here to signup for free membership.
"My Account" is no longer under construction! Check in regularly for even more content on the Senate race.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17
In what may be the most bizarre story of the race thus far, we found out that Ryan's actor ex-wife was in a movie! The Daily Herald reported that the movie "featured", "rape, nudity, implied three-way sex and a woman killing a pet pig with an ax . . . it also features the character of an adult man toting a baby bottle, dressed in nothing but a diaper." The story contained this quote:
Conservative news outlet Illinois Leader headline blared "Daily Herald lifts curtain on Ryan's Hollywood ex-wife" which included this quote:
So its looking bad for Jack! ? Well, Jack releases a press release with the following:
Later in the day the Illinois Leader puts out a follow-up story with the following quotes:
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16
Gery Chico has responded to criticisms made in the Sun-Times that his management led to the downfall of Altheimer & Gray. It includes numerous reports from papers on Chico's responsibility:
While Chico has been struggling in the polls he still managed to raise a respectable $576,000 in the third quarter bringing their total fundraising number to $2.8 milion. Dan Hynes led the pack in fundraising this quarter raising $921,000 in the third quarter with $2.77 million total.
Dr. Kathuria also responded in a press conference to the harsh accusations made by the Tribune recently. This was in conjunction with the $100 million dollar defamation lawsuit filed against the Trib.
While some candidates have been doing damage control others have been releasing "plans." Dan Hynes released a ten page jobs plan (download in Word format), and Blair Hull released his health care plan.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14
The Republican field seemed to shrink to seven over the past couple of days. However, three other candidates have or are trying to join the Republican primary. Ezra Neal Finkleman who says he was the Lieutenant Governor from June 30th, 1998 to January 11th 1999 is seeking the nomination. His credentials include being a contender for Vice President in 2000, and being appointed Warren Township Committeeman for the Lakehurst Precinct. He dismissed the current batch of candidates by saying the Republicans were, "renegades or mavericks" and the Democrats he characterized by saying, "the best of them, are a degenerate brand of Communists."
R.J. Reynolds graduated from Loyola as a theater major, where he played the role of Curly in Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" He states that his philosophy is encapsulated in Charleston Heston's book, "To be a Man: Letter to my Grandson." His filing can be viewed on the FEC website.
Last, but not least Andy Martin released a press release today, saying, "Martin is studying whether to announce for the Republican Party nomination for the U.S. Senate from Illinois." It went on to quote him on the issue of the Middle East, "If anyone doubts the damage Sharon has done to Israel, I can only paraphrase President John F. Kennedy: Let them come to Jerusalem. They can see the disaster Sharon has created for Israelis. . .I continue to support much of the good work of the Christian Coalition. I have given them money. But on the issue of Middle East peace, Jesus would shudder at their blasphemy."
MONDAY, OCTOBER 13
The Tribune wrote an piece entitled, "Senate candidate too good to be true" in which they slam Republican candidate Dr. Kathuria. The Kathuria campaign has in turned signaled their intent to file a $100 million dollar lawsuit against the Tribune. Download press release.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9
Scott Fornek published a piece on the departure of John Cox from the Senate race:
This quote brings up the inevitable question of which "moderate" candidate Cox saw as a threat.
Antonio Davis-Fairman stated the following in an announcement that he was dropping out of the race for US Senate:
Although last nights straw poll at the 42nd Ward event showed Oberweis trouncing State Sen. Rauschenberger, WLS radio host Eileen Byrne, who moderated the event, said on her show this morning that she felt Rauschenberger had won the debate, and noted his vocal opposition to O'Hare expansion. A number of the candidates attacked "King Richy" and Oberweis said a public stoning should have followed the mayors destruction of Meigs Field.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8
The Illinois Leader is reporting that John Cox will drop out of the race tomorrow and endorse State Sen. Rauschenberger. This could dramatically change the race by consolidating support behind Rauschenberger. In the latest Fox poll Cox was pulling 7% which in this fragmented race could easily tip the balance from one candidate to another.
The 42nd Ward Republican Organization hosted a Senate candidate forum at the Plaza Club tonight. In a surprise move Jack Ryan did not show up, but instead went to the Milton Township Republican Central Committee meeting, which will be holding an important straw poll this Friday. Ryan staff said they had only agreed to attend if the event was free, when they found there was a cover charge, they backed out of the event. Antonio Davis-Fairman made an announcement that he will drop out of the Senate race, and has been asked by D.C. backers to challenge Danny Davis in the 7th District. Straw poll results announced at the end of the meeting showed the following:
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7
Jim Oberweis has launched a redesign of his website. The content does not seem dramatically different, and the "latest" news is still over three weeks old. John Cox also has difficulty keeping his website updated, he still lists Bill Hogan on the site. Hogan has recently joined the Rauschenberger campaign.
Jack Ryan's new ad caught the attention of the newly launched Wall Street Journal Political Diary, a paid subscription service:
MONDAY, OCTOBER 6
A report on the NAACP Senate debate has been filed. More information and pictures to come.
Ouch! Gery Chico was slammed by a hard hitting Sun-Times article entitled, "A former high ranking partner." It was done by their legal affairs reporter, and included quotes like this:
We are waiting to hear if Chico's campaign will issue any response.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5
Despite some controversy, the NAACP Senate forum went on as scheduled, all of the invited candidates appeared other than Steven Rauschenberger. The Sun-Times published a brief overview of the event. A full report will be available tomorrow.
Davis-Fairman announced he was invited to the State Arrival Ceremony of Mwai Kibaki, President of the Republic of Kenya and Mrs. Lucy Kibaki.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2
Jack Ryan started a new ad campaign today, which will include two big buys during Friday and Saturday's Cubs games. It is available on his website, http://www.jackryan2004.com. Gery Chico also released three new ads, including ones targeting healthcare and jobs. They will be running in Chicago and downstate, the ads were created by Adelstein & Associates and are available to view at http://www.gerychicoforsenate.com.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1
A number of candidates are not happy that the NAACP has changed the standard for being accepted into the debate this Saturday. African-American Democratic candidate Estella Johnson Hunt said:
The Rauschenberger campaign has threatened to boycott the event:
Rauschenberger is holding a joint press conference with Kathuria tomorrow (October 2nd) in Chicago.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1
Polls, polls, and more polls. The NAACP poll results are a little difficult to digest. For example, six other polls taken in recent months show Dan Hynes polling between 19 - 26 percent. The NAACP poll shows him at 10 percent. Also, the NAACP poll had the smallest sample of any of the previous polls. Click here for our full roundup of recent polls.
The NAACP Senate Forum this Saturday has now been expanded to twelve candidates. According to the NAACP (emphasis added):
So now twelve candidates have been accepted the invitations:
Originally the top five candidates were supposed to be invited. However, because almost everyone was statistically tied, the standard has been changed to anyone who received, "statistically-significant trial heat support… or polled higher than the margin of error.”
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
The full results of the Fox News Poll:
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
The NAACP will be hosting a Senate forum on October 4th. (more details) FOX News commissioned a poll to determine the top five candidates in each party who will then be invited to the forum. The Sun-Times reported the results today. The big news was that 45 percent of voters overall, and 50 percent of Democrats, are undecided. The numbers themselves were fairly confusing. For example on the Democratic side the vote totals were 50% undecided, 10% Hynes, 9% Hull, 8% Obama, 7% Chico, and 5% Washington. The poll has an error margin of 4.8 percentage points. This makes the poll fairly useless, considering every single candidate is in a statistical dead heat.WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
Antonio Davis Fairman will be attending an event in Washington today honoring the African American officials in the Bush administration. (read more)
The campaigns continue to ring the bells trying to raise as much cash as possible before September 30th. Obama in a recent fundraising appeal quotes a write-up in Crain's:
Then he makes this plea:
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
All of the candidates are desperately trying to raise cash before the September 30th FEC filing deadline. One astute observer spotted an interesting anomaly in the Nancy Skinner campaign. On August 10, almost a month and a half ago, Nancy Skinner told radio host Mike Malloy:
However as of an email report today she says, "I especially want to send out my press release that we have raised money from all 50 states. Do you know anyone who lives in the following states? North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, West Virginia, South Carolina, Delaware, Washington DC, and Rhode Island"SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
Jack Ryan's campaign is picking up. Yesterday, the campaign started an ad campaign which will run for an indefinite period of time on both broadcast television stations and cable television channels in the Champaign-Springfield, Peoria, and Rockford markets (press release). Ryan is also holding a fundraiser with former Secretary of Education William Bennett, next Wednesday, September 24, 2003. This morning he and John Cox stumped in Palatine with TOPPER (Township of Palatine Principled and Energized Republicans). (read more)
Andy McKenna sent out a fundraising letter this week, mentioning Hillary Clinton no less than three times, and closed with this P.S:
The attached full-color brochure heralds McKenna as, "The Jobs Senator." It also states that McKenna would push for a federal Education Tax Credit, "to help parents defray the costs of educating their children, whether in public schools, independent schools, or home schools."
Blair Hull has announced he is the only candidate to have a "Blog." They even have a syndication feed so you can add it to your own site! http://www.blairblog.com/
Wow! I am sure there were some smiles at Rauschenberger headquarters when Steve Neal wrote a piece entitled, "Rauschenberger has the experience, backing." It rendered some pretty high acclaim:
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
Dan Hynes has formally announced, he launched a new site at http://www.danhynes.com.WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
Dan Hynes has announced he will announce his candidacy this weekend. The campaign kicks off Sunday, September 14th, at the IBEW Local 134 Hall, 600 W. Washington St. in Chicago at 1:00 p.m
Rauschenberger seems to be gaining momentum in his exploratory bid. He recently picked up the endorsement of fellow Sen. Brad Burzynski, and Rockford area State Sen. Dave Syverson, who is also Treasurer of the Illinois Republican Party.
Finally, posted the photo album from the Illinois State Fair.SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
Do the Rauschenberger? Its the new chart topper. I can't explain it, listen here.THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
Plaza Club in Chicago will hold a "Meet the Candidates" event of September 11th. It will be the inaugural meeting of the Annual Focus on America Symposium. More details available on their website.MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
John Borling will officially announce his candidacy for the US Senate seat in Illinois tomorrow bringing the number of declared GOP candidates to seven. He will kick off a two-day, ten city tour at his home, 1979 Harlem Blvd in Rockford at 9:00 am Tuesday morning.TUESDAY, AUGUST 26
Three new polls have been released lately. The Republican side presents a very mixed message. Illinois Leader reports on a straw poll from 58 county chairman who met together at the state fair to strategize the upcoming elections. Jack Ryan pulled 22 votes (38%), twice as many as his closest competitor, James Oberweis who had 11. John Cox and Steve Rauschenberger received 9 votes each (full article).
On the other hand, a WBBM/CBS-2 released results of an August 9 - 12 survey which has Oberweis leading the race with 22% and Jack Ryan in a statistical dead heat with 16%. This was a telephone survey, which generally has higher margins of error. However, the gap between voters and country chairman is still significant even when sampling errors are taken into account. Many speculate that the name recognition from the dairy and his previous primary run will give Oberweis a head start. It remains to be seen whether Oberweis can continue to stay in front.
Democratic contender Barack Obama released a poll by the Boulder, Colo., firm of Harstad Strategic Research that shows him in a very favorable position. The poll shows that among the voters having a preference, state Comptroller Dan Hynes led with 21 percent, Obama and Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas (who has not yet announced) tied at 14 percent, Blair Hull carried 6 percent, and Gery Chico had 3 percent. The most interesting point was made by Sun-Times columnist Steve Neal:
FRIDAY, AUGUST 22
Interesting Tidbit from www.aljazeerah.info:
Arab American Mohammed "Mo" Elleithee has been appointed to the
post of National Press Secretary for Democratic presidential candidate
Senator Bob Graham of Florida. Elleithee, the son of native Egyptians,
was, until being hired onto the Graham campaign, managing the
campaign of Blair Hull, a Democrat who is running for the United
States Senate in Illinois.
Graham is after those NASCAR dads as much as the soccer moms. The
Florida senator has sponsored a NASCAR truck driven by Jon Wood, a
member of Virginia's venerable Wood Brothers racing team. Graham also
appeared at a bluegrass concert with legendary singer Ralph Stanley.
Web Site updates. Steven Rauschenberger has a new website http://www.steve2004.com/ or http://www.thatguywithareallylongname.com. Nancy Skinner also has a new site which actually works, http://www.skinnerforsenate.com, very pink. Antonio Davis-Fairman has posted a site at http://www.antoniotd2004.com, albeit quite sparse at this point.
Finally, when will the Oberweis website discover its candidate is running? The latest news is an announcement over one month old stating, "Jim Oberweis will make an annoucement regarding the Republican U.S. Senate Campaign, Thursday July 17, 2004." Yes, annoucement is still spelled incorrectly.
Update! Rauschenberger has gotten into the internet advertising game. Typing "illinois senate" into Google will return a paid listing that ranks above Blair Hull's!FRIDAY, AUGUST 8
Two updates on Blair Hull. Sun-Times reports that Hull has had trouble voting:
"Hull, a liberal Democrat, reportedly did not find the time to vote in the 2000 presidential election battle between George Bush and Al Gore, according to city election records . . . he had passed up seven opportunities to vote for Mayor Daley since 1989."
Everyone is talking about Meetup.com, it's the place where people can gather together and discuss just about anything. It has been popularized by presidential candidate Howard Dean, and seems to have gathered support especially among Democrats. Almost all of the candidates in the US Senate race have set up portals for themselves on the site. On the Democratic side, Barack Obama has used it the most, promoting it on his website. His efforts show with 238 members, nothing groundbreaking, but significantly more than Dan Hynes with 10, or Blair Hull with 56. The Republicans do not seem to be using it at all. Each Republican had between 0 and 1 supporters, except for Andy McKenna who has 6. All of these figures are as of today. You can see the stats here. Scott Fornek at the Sun-Times also wrote an article on the topic.FRIDAY, AUGUST 1
Interesting news from the Trib today:
Blair Hull, the multi-millionaire investor seeking the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate, gave Daley's campaign $28,250. A Republican candidate for the same Senate seat, businessman Andrew McKenna Jr., was reported as giving Daley a $1,000 donation in February.
The Hill gave Obama a nice writeup:
The growing consensus among many Democrats and Republicans in Illinois and Washington is that Obama will pick up as much as 80 to 90 percent of the black vote and stands to win large pockets of liberal support in the Chicago area, Champaign and the Quad Cities. . .Republicans seem to like the idea that Obama is a sleeper candidate who could emerge from the shadows early next year and beat Hull, who is expected to spend his fortune attacking Hynes, and Hynes, who will likely devote his resources to fending off Hull.THURSDAY, JULY 31
Update! Antonio Davis-Fairman will enter the US Senate Race on the Republican side (news). More information to follow.
New article on Gery Chico posted, also check the All Links page. This will list each news story along with a cached copy, including articles pertaining to the race in general, not just specific candidates. Try the new Issues Matchup feature.TUESDAY, JULY 15
Senate Forum went well. The two perceived frontrunners, Dan Hynes and Jack Ryan where no-shows. Six Democrats and three Republicans did come. Full report with pictures, tomorrow.FRIDAY, JULY 11
Important Event Notice! IVI-IPO is holding a U.S. Senate Candidates forum and awards program this Sunday in Chicago. For more information click here, or call (312) 939-5105. Chicago radio station WBEZ will tape the forum for later broadcast.
ILSenate.com goes live! We have added a discussion forum, full site search, as well as more information and links. Let us know how we are doing, and what we could do better through our feedback page.FRIDAY, JUNE 20
With incumbent Peter Fitzgerald bowing out of the US Senate Race for Illinois both the Democratic and Republican primaries are wide open. This will be an interesting race with massive amounts of money spent on each side. At current count there are at least eight millionaire/billionaire contenders, as well as entrenched politicians with strong backing. This race will be a determining factor in many issues:
-2877 Days to November 2nd Election
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