Peloquin fails in bid for upset
By Mike Nolan email@example.com November 6, 2012 7:38PM
Blue Island Mayor Don Peloquin
(i) denotes incumbent
1st Congressional District
(i) Bobby Rush 221,831 74%
Donald Peloquin 76,956 26%
599 of 617 precincts reporting
3rd Congressional District
(i) Dan Lipinski 156,019 69%
Richard Grabowski 70,370 31%
490 of 501 precincts reporting
14th Congressional District
(i) Randy M. Hultgren 165,363 59%
Dennis Anderson 113,468 41%
426 of 471 precincts reporting
16th Congressional District
(i) Adam Kinzinger 163,889 62%
Wanda Rohl 101,811 38%
512 of 683 precincts reporting
Updated: December 8, 2012 6:12AM
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1st) on Tuesday cruised past longtime Blue Island Mayor Don Peloquin, who’d hoped his name recognition in the Southland would help him upset Rush.
With 599 of 617 precincts reporting, Rush had 74 percent of the vote compared with 26 percent for Peloquin.
In his 28th year as mayor, Peloquin, a Republican, faced an uphill battle in a district that, although redrawn after the 2010 census, still heavily favors Democrats. Rush has represented the 1st District since 1992.
Along with sections of the city’s South and Southwest sides, the realigned district touches all or parts of communities including Blue Island, Oak Forest, Orland Park, Frankfort and New Lenox.
The district is 60 percent Democratic, and Peloquin received no help, financial or otherwise, from the Republican organizations at the state and federal level.
A part owner of Hickey Memorial Funeral Homes in Blue Island, Midlothian and New Lenox, Peloquin is not seeking re-election next April as mayor.
Four-term incumbent William Lipinski, of Western Springs, won re-election to a fifth term, with 69 percent of the vote to 31 percent for Republican Richard Grabowski, a 46-year-old manufacturing supervisor from Hometown. There were 490 out of 501 precincts reporting.
The district takes in a large portion of Chicago’s Southwest Side and all or parts of suburbs including Oak Lawn and Orland Park.
With 426 of 471 precincts reporting, incumbent Randy Hultgren was leading with 59 percent of the vote compared with 41 percent for Democrat Dennis Anderson.
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, now representing the 11th District, had 62 percent of the vote compared with 38 percent for Democrat Wanda Rohl. There were 512 of 683 precincts reporting.