Long lines at poll caused by teacher's union contract

Long lines and frustration at a polling place at the Newberry Elementary School at 700 W Willow were caused by the new teacher's contract, according to officials there.

When poll workers showed up at 5:00 am to open, they were told by Newberry staff that they couldn't use the school gym, where the polling place had been located been located for many years. They were instead cramped into a side room, where tight conditions made it difficult to erect all of the polling booths. Lines stretched out the door and down the block as people struggled to vote. Booths were placed an inch apart. The single polling location was shared by two different precincts.

Linda Foley-Acevedo, the principal, said the gym was unavailable because it is where students have lunch. On election day, students are normally directed to have lunch in their classrooms under teacher supervision, but under the new teacher's contract this was not allowed, because teachers are entitled to a break without supervising children. There was insufficient flexibility in the contract to allow exceptions.

Irritated voters, struggling to vote and get to work on time, didn't think much of the contract.

"This is yet another reason that inflexible public union contracts, with absurd work rules, cause problems for the taxpayer," said Chris Cleveland, spokesman for the Chicago Republican Party. "Can't we use common sense for one day?"

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Republican Candidates Running in Chicago

Early voting in Chicago starts today!

Click here to find your early voting location: http://www.chicagoelections.com/page.php?id=9

Click here if you would like to see your sample ballot: http://www.chicagoelections.com/voterinfo.php


You know Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are on your ballot as Republican candidates for President and Vice President. But, do you know there are dozens of other Republicans running for office in Chicago as well?

The Democratic controlled Chicago Board of Election Commissioners knocked several qualified Republicans off official ballots. Never fear, we Republicans are survivors and we find other ways to give Chicagoans a choice. As you will see below, many Republicans will ask for your vote as write-in candidates. To vote for them, you simply fill in the box for write-in and print the candidates first and last name in the space provided.

For your convenience, here is a list of all the Republicans running for office in Chicago in 2012. The election is November 6th, 2012.


1st District: Donald Peloquin

2nd District: Brian Woodworth

3rd District: Richard Grabowski

4th District: Hector Concepcion

5th District: Dan Schmitt

7th District: Rita Zak

9th District: Timothy Wolfe


1st State Senate District: Write-In candidate George MaAyteh

2nd State Senate District: Write-In candidate Ronald Baltierra

6th State Senate District: Write-In candidate Scott Campbell

7th State Senate District: Write-In candidate Rafael Chagin

8th State Senate District: Write-In candidate Tom Morris

17th State Senate District: Write-In candidate Xavier Roman

18th State Senate District: Barbara Ruth Bellar

28th State Senate District: Jim O'Donnell

3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th,  16th, 20th and 39th state senate districts are uncontested by Republican candidates leaving voters with no choice for the offices.


12th State Rep District: Write In candidate Frank Rowder

14th State Rep District: Write-In candidate Paul Minervino

15th State Rep District: Write-In candidate Joseph Hedrick

16th State Rep District: Vincent Romano

20th State Rep District: Michael McAuliffe

22nd State Rep District: Robert Handzik

25th State Rep District: Write-In candidate Juan Diaz

34th State Rep District: Write In Candidate Darnell Macklin

35th State Rep District: Ricardo Fernandez

36th State Rep District: Bob Shelstrom

40th State Rep District: Antoinette "Toni" Puccio-Johnson

55th State Rep District: Susan Sweeney

78th State Rep District: Write In candidate Ralph Vera

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 13th, 19th, 21st, 23rd, 24th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 31st, 32nd, 33rd and 39th state house districts are uncontested by Republican candidates leaving voters with no choice for the offices.


Harold "Noonie" Ward

Carl Segvich


Lori Yokoyama


Diane Shapiro


Sherri Griffith


1st District: Dan Patlak

2nd and 3rd district have no Republican candidates


James Gerard Riley


No Republicans are running for Appellate, Circuit or Sub circuit Court vacancies.

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Chicago 2012 Early Voting Locations

Early voting started today and runs through Sat., Nov. 3.

Voters registered in the City of Chicago may use any Early Voting site in the city, regardless of where the voters live.

You don't need reasons or excuses to use Early Voting -- but voters do need to present government-issued photo identification to use Early Voting.

Ballots cast in Early Voting are final. After casting ballots in Early Voting, voters may not return to amend, change or undo ballots for any reasons.  It is a felony to vote more than once -- or to attempt to vote more than once -- in the same election.

All 51 locations will be open Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and all voters can vote at any of the locations below.

Board of Elections - 69 W. Washington St., Lower Level Conference Room: 9 am-5 pm Monday through Saturday, and on Sundays from 9 am-3 pm

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Official Chicago Romney Presidential Debate Watching Party: TONIGHT!

Tonight's Presidential debate is shaping up to be the most important event of this entire campaign!

Join the Romney Illinois campaign, State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, and hundreds of your fellow Republicans as we watch this live debate on a 22' HD theater screen in the heart of Rogers Park!  

A limited number of tickets are still available.  Please visit  http://romney-ryan-chicago.eventbrite.com and reserve your spot right now.

See you tonight!

To victory,
Adam Robinson
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Chicago GOP Response to Proposed 2013 City Budget

Mayor Emanuel's secretive 2013 budget process has produced a proposal that lacks details for addressing the $300 million budget shortfall and the city's long term fiscal problems.

The Chicago GOP calls upon the City Council to thoroughly vet this budget and push back against pressure from the Mayor to simply rush it into law.

The Mayor's budget does nothing to address the  looming pension crisis and runaway long term employee health care costs. Based on the Mayor's poor performance with the Chicago Teachers Union contract, there is little reason to believe he can win pension concessions from other city unions.

"The Mayor must unveil more details for city taxpayers," said Chicago GOP Chairman Adam Robinson. "This vague budget proposal kicks the can down the road, hoping no one asks hard questions. That is unacceptable."

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Rich Grabowski Challenges Opponent, Dan Lipinski, to 3rd CD Debates

Hometown, Illinois – October 5, 2012

Rich Grabowski, Republican candidate for the U.S. Congressional seat in Illinois’ 3rd District, has sent a letter to his opponent in the race, Dan Lipinski, challenging him to two debates.

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Romney wins big! Join us for the Oct 16th debate

The result of last night's first Presidential debate was immediately clear: Romney won, and won big.

Reading the news this morning, you can see this nearly universal sentiment reflected on the front pages of every newspaper in America.  Romney's outstanding performance - and Obama's dismal one - have now made the October 16th debate an even more critical event on the path to November 6th.

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Committeeman Bobbie Johnson Passes

It is with great sadness that the Chicago Republican Party announces the loss of one of its own. Committeeman Bobbie Johnson, of Chicago's 3rd Ward Republican organization, lost her battle with cancer yesterday.

We will let you know about funeral arrangements as information is released by Bobbie's family. Please keep the Johnson family in your thoughts and prayers this weekend.

Adam Robinson

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Illinois Policy Institute Open Letter to Mayor Emanuel

Visit http://illinoispolicy.org/blog/blog.asp?ArticleSource=5095 to read an open letter to Mayor Emanuel from the non-partison Illinois Policy Institute (IPI).

The letter is written by Paul Kersey, Director of Labor Policy for IPI and Ben VanMetre, Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst for IPI.

The Chicago GOP strongly supports serious school reform such as those discussed in this letter. Charter schools, online learning, vouchers and parent triggers are all tools that school districts and parents can use to provide the best possible learning environment for students.Test schools and graduation rates among public school students in Chicago is terrible. As the IPI letter says, serious reforms within the school system are a moral obligation we have to the generation now going through their elementary and high school years.

The deal between the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union is not fiscally responsible, does not address structural problems within CPS and fails to provide adequate accountability or transparency for parents and taxpayers.

The Chicago GOP will continue to stand with parents and students in Chicago.

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New Video: Chicago GOP is Making Noise

The Chicago GOP has put out a new video: "Making Noise":

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