Friday, May 10, 2013
Gov. Pat Quinn is pushing for 11 Illinois counties to be named major disaster areas.
Friday, May 10
Governor Pat Quinn today asked President Barack Obama to declare 11 Illinois counties major disaster areas following the storms and heavy rainfall that moved through the state in mid-April. If the governor’s request is approved, residents in those counties will be eligible to apply for grants and low-interest federal loans to help recover from the historic flooding. Counties included in the request are Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Fulton, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, McHenry and Will. “We must do everything possible to help families impacted by this historic flooding as they rebuild their lives,” Governor Quinn said. “Today we are making a strong case to President Obama to help expedite the review and approval process so the people of …
Monday, February 25, 2013
A series of automatic spending cuts called a sequester could be imposed by the federal government on March 1 unless Congress accepts new revenues stemming from higher taxes on the wealthy.
In a matter of days, $85 billion worth of across-the-board government spending cuts called a sequester could affect all 50 states. If imposed, the cuts would impact everything from education spending and national defense to public health and the economy, Huffington Post reported. President Obama is pushing Congress to accept his deficit reduction plan, which includes new revenues and spending cuts. The plan would achieve $1.8 trillion in budget reductions stemming from about $1.1 trillion in spending cuts and $680 billion in new revenues from limiting deductions and closing tax loopholes for the wealtiest Americans, Huffington Post reported. State Impact The White House has released reports detailing how each state would be impacted by a …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Find out which bridges around Glenview and Northbrook are labeled as "structurally deficient."
President Barack Obama proposed Tuesday night a "Fix It First" program to address the nation's crumbling infrastructure—like roads and bridges—in an effort to improve citizens' quality of life and bring jobs to the United States. There are nearly 70,000 "structurally deficient" bridges throughout the United States that require "significant maintenance, rehabilitation or replacement," according to the Transportation for America website. In Illinois, 8.5 percent of the state's bridges are "structurally deficient." The state is ranked 35th worst nationally for the overall quality of its bridges, according to the Transportation for America website. Locally, there are a handful of bridges that are highlighted as structurally deficient on the …
Patch asks Northbrook residents to weigh in on President Obama's State of the Union address. Tell us in the comment section below.
President Barack Obama gave his fourth State of the Union address on Tuesday, Feb. 12. "There is much progress to report," he began. "Together we have cleared away the rubble of crisis." President Obama spoke of bi-partisan tax reform that includes lowering the tax rates on American businesses. He urged Congress to pass a budget that "replaces reckless cuts with smart savings." He also spoke of job creation, proposing a "fix-it first" program to repair our nation's infrastructure, including 70,000 "structurally deficit bridges." The President called for the minimum wage to be increased to $9 an hour because "no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty." He also encouraged Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act because …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Some Patch readers say concealed carry laws work to stop crimes. Other readers disagree.
Following the Atlanta school shooting on Jan. 31, where a student opened fire at Price Middle School, shooting a 14-year-old in the neck before armed officer at the school stopped the shooter, Patch asked readers Do you believe Obama’s gun proposal will help prevent school shootings? Patch received more than 10 comments; here are some of the responses, which have been edited for length, grammar and clarity. “Hard to say guns are the issue, seems who is in possession of the gun is the issue,” Patch reader b garrett wrote. Some readers say a strong defense is vital to stopping shooting sprees. “If all civilians were licensed to carry guns, it would make for a very polite society,” Patch reader Harry Gio wrote. “These ‘shooting spree’ …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Patch put together a searchable database that breaks down votes from the presidential election by precinct and by township in suburban Cook County.
The Cook County Clerk's Office has tallied the votes in the Nov. 6 presidential election by township and precinct in suburban Cook County. Patch used that data to put together a searchable database so you can see how many of your neighbors voted for Barack Obama versus Mitt Romney, or for third party candidates. According to the clerk's office, there were a total of 1,416,811 registered voters in Suburban Cook County as of Nov. 6. Of those, 1,000,800 cast ballots for president. Barack Obama won 634,935 of those votes, and Mitt Romney took 347,007. Use the pull-down menu to find your township or precinct. If you're not sure what precinct you live in, go to this page and type in your address.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Thousands of Obama fans cheered and danced in McCormick Place on Tuesday night as news networks predicted the president would win.
As network news stations predicted President Barack Obama would win reelection shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday night, fans crowded into McCormick place cheered and danced. Campaign organizers played songs like "RESPECT" by Aretha Franklin as supporters called out "four more years, four more years!"
President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan. NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." The Obama campaign won the most expensive presidential race ever, with both parties raising about $2.6 billion. The race was filled with negative campaigning on both sides, from President Obama attacking Romney’s business experience with Bain Capital to Romney lambasting Obama’s handling of the economy. The race tightened during the final months of the campaign, with gaffes and surges …
The hashtag #ObamaHQ is a happy one Tuesday night as supporters gather at McCormick Place.
Follow along on Twitter as supporters rally online and in person.
International media, technicians are prepping the convention center for tonight's activities.
More than 10,000 people are expected to rally around President Barack Obama as he and his campaign members await election results tonight at McCormick Place in Chicago. Media from around the globe are set up for the historic activities as technicians prep the bleachers, stage and sound for the rally.