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  •  I live in Peoria (4.00)
    I am providing this background so one can better understand how stuff is "playing in Peoria". We really aren't "typical America" anymore; much of our income comes from manufacturing (Caterpillar) and we have a large base of organized labor.

    Peoria is a rather "purple" place.  The City is slightly blue and the surrounding countryside and suburban areas are slightly red; in the 2004 general election this translated to Kerry carrying the county by all of 70 votes (out of more than 80,000 cast county wide).

    We have a weird system where the county votes are tabulated seperately from the city votes.

    Note the differences.  Also note that in the 18'th congressional district, LaHood won his district (which includes 19 counties) by 70% of the vote, against someone who didn't campaign at all.  But his opponent got 36% of the city vote.

    City:

    REP - GEORGE W. BUSH/DICK CHENEY  .  .  .      22,479   47.25
    DEM - JOHN F. KERRY/JOHN EDWARDS  .  .  .      24,686   51.89

    UNITED STATES SENATOR
    VOTE FOR  1
    REP - ALAN KEYES   .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .      13,653   29.09
    DEM - BARACK OBAMA .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .      32,383   69.00

    REPRESENTATIVE 18TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
    VOTE FOR  1
    REP - RAY LaHOOD   .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .      29,886   63.59
    DEM - STEVE WATERWORTH   .  .  .  .  .  .      17,109   36.41

    92ND REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT
    VOTE FOR  1
    REP - AARON SCHOCK .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .      13,305   47.20
    DEM - RICCA SLONE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .      14,883   52.80

    County: (excludes the city)

    GEORGE BUSH REP 18572 52.60%
    JOHN F. KERRY DEM 16435 46.55%

    ALAN KEYES REP 11235 32.40%
    BARACK OBAMA DEM 22678 65.40%

    RAY LaHOOD REP 23609 67.83%
    STEVE WATERWORTH DEM 11172 32.10%

    AARON SCHOCK REP 6414 58.13%
    RICCA SLONE DEM 4601 41.70%

    Sources:

    http://www.ci.peoria.il.us/...

    http://www.peoriacounty.org/...

    When liberals saw 9-11, we wondered how we could make the country safe. When conservatives saw 9-11, they saw an investment opportunity.

    by onanyes on Tue Dec 20, 2005 at 02:44:55 PM PST

    •  Informative, but . . . (none)
      I hate to argue with a mathematics professor, but anecdotally I have to disagree.  Caterpillar has sent 40,000 blue collar jobs out of the area since the 1970s.  Pabst, Hiram Walker, and International Harvester are all gone.  Keystone steel is bankrupt.  New Jobs at Cat pay only slightly more than retail jobs.  The area's economic development the past two decades have been the Federal prison in Pekin, the Riverboat Casino and related tourist industries, recreational facilities such as EastSide, the Riverplex and Dragon's Dome.  We recently saw the fallout from such incentives such as TIF's in the East Peoria Wal-mart Supercenter tax appeal case recently.  The Peoria Journal Star is currently running a series on "Why would anyone leave Peoria."  The Pekin Daily Times ran an editorial last Saturday extolling the virtues of Pekin.  Things are better here than in western Illinois, but we lag behind Bloomington and Champaign.  It is good to see some of my neighbors weighing in with this subject and Kos' post yesterday concerning the Illinois Congressional filing deadline.  Keep up the good work!
      •  I don't disagree with you (none)
        in that my answer was incomplete.  But Caterpillar remains the areas most influential employer, though it has indeed shipped jobs elsewhere.

        Also, our population has declined by something like, 10,000 people over the past 30 years?  Some of that is due to flight from the District 150 school district?

        Still, I couldn't call Peoria "typical America" anymore; I'ver heard that Tulsa, Oklahoma now holds that distinction.

        When liberals saw 9-11, we wondered how we could make the country safe. When conservatives saw 9-11, they saw an investment opportunity.

        by onanyes on Wed Dec 21, 2005 at 03:27:59 AM PST

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