November 2014

Vote 2014

From cook county commissioner to U.S. Senate, here is Gazette’s coverage and endorsements for the 2014 elections….

Election 2014 Endorsements

Incumbent Dick Durbin, a Democrat, has served in the U.S. Senate since 1997 and is assistant majority leader

Plans for restaurant/live entertainment meet with opposition

So many Near West Side residents reacted with dismay to a proposal to open an upscale restaurant with live music at 626 S. Racine Ave. that Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) asked the planners to re-work their proposal to make it acceptable.

Pension reform a key issue in three Illinois House of Representative races

With the State’s pension reform package facing legal challenges, pension reform will become an issue the Illinois House of Representatives will have to address after the general election.

Vote 2014: 5th District

A State representative since 2002, Ken Dunkin (D) has made reducing domestic violence, creating new businesses, and establishing affordable childcare and health care among his top priorities.

Vote 2014: 10th District

Pamela Reaves-Harris (D), who has been an attorney for more than 20 years, won the Democratic primary over incumbent Derrick Smith, who is under indictment on a Federal bribery charge.

Vote 2014: 26th District

Incumbent Christian Mitchell (D) has made education, public safety, and jobs his priorities as State representative.

Incumbent congressmen face challengers

Four Congressional districts have contested races in this area.

Vote 2014: 1st Congressional District

Incumbent and Democrat Bobby L. Rush prides himself on spending most of his life fighting for everyday people.

Vote 2014: 4th Congressional District

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Democrat, is seeking an 11th term in Congress. The first Latino to represent the Midwest in Congress, he remains best known for championing immigrants and their cause. The leading Democratic strategist and spokesman on immigration, he chairs the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Immigration Task Force and previously chaired the Democratic Caucus Immigration Task Force.

Vote 2014: 3rd Congressional District

Daniel Lipinski, the incumbent and a Democrat, first was elected to Congress in 2004. He is campaigning with a fivepoint plan to get Americans back to work. He urges strengthening manufacturing, leveling the international playing field, modernizing infrastructure, educating the workforce, and investing in innovations.

Vote 2014: 7th Congressional District

Danny K. Davis first was elected congressman of the 7th District in 1996 and has been re-elected by big margins ever since.