Romney claims victory, Schakowsky has big lead

Jan Schakowsky
Mitt Romney claimed victory in Illinois’ Republican presidential primary Tuesday, capturing nearly 50 percent of the vote against his three GOP opponents, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Meanwhile, with more than half of the vote counted, incumbent U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, whose district includes Rogers Park, has a large lead over challenger Simon Ribeiro in the Democratic primary for her 9th Congressional District seat, according to the Daily Herald.

Unofficial vote totals from 420 of 560 precincts in Chicago and suburban Cook County show Schakowsky has garnered 35,296 votes to Ribeiro’s 3,097, the Daily Herald reports.

Schakowsky, 67, an Evanston Democrat and staunch liberal who has represented the 9th District for 14 years, has been a strong proponent of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. She favors immigration reform and offering illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. She also supports using more federal money to grow public sector jobs.

Ribeiro, 30, a Catholic high school teacher also from Evanston, previously ran as a Green Party candidate against Schakowsky in 2010.

The winner will face Republican Timothy Wolfe of Arlington Heights, who was uncontested in Tuesday’s Republican primary, in the November general election.

Loyola SPJ hosts panel discussion on news radio

By Sam Israel

A panel of Chicago news radio professionals discussed social media, listenership and other aspects of working as radio journalists at a Monday evening forum at Loyola University Chicago.

The Society of Professional Journalism chapter at Loyola hosted the discussion with news anchors Steve Edwards of WBEZ 91.5-FM, Kris Kridel of WBBM News 780-am/105.9-FM, and Charlie Meyerson of FM News 101.1.

The SPJ chapter decided to invite the three award-winning radio journalists to speak to Loyola students after the recent creation of Lunchtime News on the Loyola University Radio Station WLUW 88.7-FM.

“We wanted to tie the creation of the radio program all together,” said Abigail Kleckler, 21, a junior journalism major. “Therefore we called some of the best in the business to come over.”

The three journalists began the discussion over the question, “Is radio alive,” and the entire panel believed radio is still a strong medium.

“To those who say radio is dead, I would ask, is listening dead?”  Edwards said. “Audio is everywhere. It fundamentally is portable and is able to be used while doing other work.”

Kridel and Meyerson agreed with Edwards that the popularity of portable Internet devices and social media has been a beneficial factor to increase listenership and the flow of news.

“This is the best time ever to get a job in the media because you don’t need to be hired to do it,” Meyerson said. “All you need is a laptop some programs and a few cables and you can be creating a very successful podcast.”

The panel of journalists finished their discussion by answering questions from students at the School of Communication about a typical day as a radio news anchor as well as journalist integrity on the air, saying that good radio journalism must balance between formal and informal.

“Journalism is about having judgment,”  Kridel said. “You don’t just put on what’s funny or interesting, but what’s important.”

Loyola Student Dispatch exit poll points to Romney win

By Alex Rich

Mitt Romney is the winner of Tuesday’s Illinois Republican primary according to exit polls, which closely mirrors a poll done in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood by Loyola Student Dispatch.

Of the Republicans who voted in the election, 52 percent voted for the former Massachusetts governor, according to the Loyola Student Dispatch exit poll of 69 voters in Rogers Park.

Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) came in second with 22 percent, which could be attributed to the large college-aged community in Rogers Park, who have been the most vocal supporter of the conservative candidate.

Republicans who voted in the election seemed to care most about economic matters, with jobs and the economy tying with the federal budget and tax policy for the most important issues, according to the Loyola Student Dispatch exit poll.

Voters who cast their ballot for Romney overwhelmingly saw the economy as the major issue in this election, pushing more socially conservatives issue like religion, gay rights, and abortion to the bottom of their priorities.

As Romney continues his march to win the most delegates and avoid a brokered convention, many Romney voters have already started to look toward the general election, ranking “most likely to win the general election for President” as their third most important qualification for a potential candidate, behind his qualifications and his stances on the issues.

Healthcare has been, and will continue to be, a hotly contested issue in this campaign because of Romney’s healthcare plan and the similarities between it and President Obama’s Affordable Care Act which is seen as one of his major accomplishments in his first term. Romney voters didn’t rate health care as an important issue for them, while 48 percent of overall voters ranked it as an issue they cared about.

Rick Santorum was only able to capture 17 percent of the Republican voters, followed by Newt Gingrich who won 8 percent, according to the Loyola Student Dispatch exit poll.


Loyola features multimedia artist Mary Jones.

Loyola University Chicago is displaying the work of multimedia artist, Mary Jones in her exhibit Flaneuse through April 14 at the  Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex at 1131 W. Sheridan Road.

Check out this press release all about Mary Jones:

The French poet Charles Baudelaire once described a flâneur or flâneuse as “a person who walks the city in order to experience it.” A modern-day flâneuse is part wanderer, part observer, and all urbanite. This spring, multimedia artist and former Chicagoan Mary Jones will turn her keen observing eye to our own Sheridan Road and create an elaborate representation of our neighborhood’s defining thoroughfare. The windows of the Arts Annex will again transform, this time into a subjective mirror reflecting an urban reality rooted in perception and personal connection.

Jones’ work is inspired by outsider artists, by Paul Klee, surrealism, and magic, and it suggests the art of ancient Egpyt. Her complicated doodles seem to delve deeply into her personal life, but you don’t know for sure. She’s always had a foot in fine and applied arts at the same time. Mary has painted, she’s drawn, she’s done tons of printmaking, made artists books, and she has worked as a graphic designer, an illustrator, and a teacher. She is currently Full Professor of Art and Design at Grand View University, in Des Moines. Mary is represented by Ann Nathan Gallery in Chicago.