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Nominations Almost Locked Up–plus Illinois Ideas

Don Rose 29 February 2016 3 Comments

This is being posted on the eve of Super Tuesday, when 11 states have party primaries or caucuses. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are each favored to win 7 or 8 states in their respective party elections, which will tighten their grips on nomination.

Come March 15 another big batch of states–including Illinois–will vote. Barring extraordinary surprises, nominations likely will be then set in stone.

Early voting has begun in  Illinois, so I’ll remind first-time voters or those who forgot, that you cast your presidential vote two ways–one of which doesn’t really count. That’s the one where you pick a candidate by name–Sanders, Clinton, Trump, Cruz, Rubio, Kasich etc–in your chosen party primary.

But that vote has no bearing on delegates–that’s why it’s known as the “beauty contest.” You must vote for your candidate’s delegates down the ballot. Republicans have 69 delegates to be selected and Democrats 182–102 of whom will be elected by congressional district. They are divided proportionally –ranging from 4 to 9– among the state’s 18 CDs, based on the party vote in that district in the last election. There is no party registration–ask for a Dem or Repub ballot, regardless of which primary you picked last time.


Say you are a Democrat and 8 delegates are to be elected in your district. You’ll find 8 designated for Sanders, 8 for Clinton and some for minor candidates or “uncommitted.” Find the delegates with your candidate’s name adjoined–whether you recognize the delegate candidate’s name or not. Vote only for the prescribed number. If too many people forget to vote for delegates, you could have the weird situation where, say, Sanders wins the beauty contest but Clinton gathers more delegates.

This is also a good time to remind Cook County Democratic voters that incumbent State’s Attorney Alvarez should be dumped in favor of challenger Kim Foxx, who now has the endorsement of  the Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times and suburban Daily Herald–as well as the Cook County Democratic Party, Sierra Club and Planned Parenthood.

In addition, a host of progressives and reformers such as former Federal Appellate Judge Abner Mikva, Congresspersons Jan Schakowsky, Danny Davis, Luis Gutierrez, Mike Quigley among others, most members of the City Council’s Progressive Caucus, including Scott Waguespack and John Arena, and its Black Caucus. Also major unions and numerous other public officials, led by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.

In one oddball race–the 5th State Representative District, which stretches in a narrow band halfway across the city–Republicans are pouring in million$ to save turncoat Democrat Ken Dunkin, who has formed an alliance with GOP Governor Bruce “the Ruiner” Rauner. With a loyal Democrat in that seat, they would have a veto-proof majority enabled to pass legislation and save Illinois from the power-hungry Rauner’s destructive anti-poor, anti-public-education, anti-union agenda.

If you live in the  5th legislative district, vote for Juliana Stratton, a juvenile-justice specialist at the University of Illinois Chicago. A vote for Dunkin is a vote for Rauner.

Don Rose is a regular columnist for the Chicago Daily Observer

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  • Maynard G. Keynes said:

    Career politician Jan Schakowsky is such a ‘progressives and reformer’, that her super-lobbyist husband went to prison for defrauding donors and banks of their contribution money to her various swindle charities.

    Schakowsky has been at the heat of every shakedown and tax dodge that Cook County is famous for, from Shore Bank, to the Save-a-Life Foundation (a charity so corrupt that Emil Jones backed away from it). There is nothing progressive or reforming about being a serial abuser of the taxpayers of Illinois.

  • Diogenes said:

    According to the Cook County Treasurer, Maria Pappas, Evanston is the worst managed municipality in Illinois in terms of unfunded pensions and debt obligations. No surprise that Comrade Jan and her Merry Band of Marxists are running Evanston into the ditch.

  • Pot Calling Kettle said:

    The Illinois State Board of Elections has just levied fines of $19,000.00 against Kimm Foxx’s campaign committee for failing to abide by campaign contribution disclosure laws.

    She is not even an elected Cook County official yet and she is violating the law.

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