Roundup & Open Thread

The DeKalb Area Women’s Center will be hosting a DeKalb County-Wide Election debate beginning 6:30 p.m. Monday, October 18. The Stephenson Blumdoggle blog is reporting that it cannot verify a recent front-page story by Freeport’s The Journal Standard that the Pretzel City “came up just short” of landing 100 manufacturing jobs. The company, Norway’s Dokka…

Election Judge Notes

I’ve been an election judge on the Northern Illinois University campus for two years now. If memory serves our precinct got 62 votes in the 2006 General, “winning” the “contest” over the other three precincts stationed at the Recreation Center. From then it was all downhill, the lowlight having only 4 or 5 ballots rattling…

John Laesch: Political Suicide

He just can’t help himself. First the recount petition and now this. In the Beacon News’ “Laesch is not in Foster’s Corner,” John Laesch just said buh-bye to the very Democratic organization he’s helped to build in IL-14. Calling Foster a conservative “Blue Dog” Democrat, Laesch said he would not be lining up behind Foster…

John Laesch & Contesting Elections

I deleted yesterday’s diary about Democratic candidate John Laesch contesting the results of the IL-14 regular Congressional primary, because today the Chronicle confirms that he has withdrawn the recount petition. Laesch certainly had a right to file the recount petition, and he couldn’t help the timing because of a combination of an abbreviated special election…

Trib: Oberweis Makes Up Stuff

[Updated: Make the jump for video of Oberweis explaining why his campaign used actors in the infamous campaign flyer, as well as expressing outrage that anyone thinks he has a problem with immigration(!)] The Chicago Tribune endorsed Bill Foster and that might have been the end of their commentary, but it’s not. Ouch and double…