November 11 – Democratic Senator-elect Tammy Duckworth and defeated incumbent Republican Sen. Mark Kirk met at a Chicago delicatessen in a public effort to move past an intense election campaign.
The two sipped drinks Friday and engaged in talk about their families and Kirk’s new dog during a stop at the South Side’s Manny’s Deli.
Duckworth and Kirk engaged in harsh campaign rhetoric leading up to Tuesday’s vote which saw Duckworth hand her opponent a resounding defeat.
Kirk accused Duckworth of failing Illinois veterans while running the state Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and Duckworth attacked Kirk’s dedication to veterans’ issues and alleging he sided with Wall Street interests instead of Main Street causes.
However, on Friday Kirk thanked Duckworth for attending the meeting, Duckworth replied it was lovely. Both then lapsed into a brief silence.
November 9 – Long lines filled county offices and polling locations yesterday as residents were given one more chance to fulfill their civic duties and the majority of Macon County voters favored Donald Trump.
Macon County tallied 47,820 votes for President with 26,782 or 56% going to Trump.
Macon County Democratic Central Committee Chairman Jim Underwood describes what the Democratic watch party at Doherty’s was experiencing when exit polls were released.
“We thought she would do better than that but we knew it would be a tough race in Macon for Hillary,” says Underwood. “We knew she wasn’t probably going to win Macon County but we felt good about the state.”
Elsewhere, at the Republican watch party the mood was much different. Macon County Republican Chairman Bruce Pillsbury says the crowd was elated over the news.
“People wanted a change and obviously they came out for that change,” says Pillsbury. “The spread between the Clinton and Trump vote here locally showed that.”
Pillsbury says he saw many union workers visit the GOP headquarters for Trump signs in the weeks leading up to the election. He says voters would also come in and without being enticed would say they had been a Democrat their entire life and were going to vote Trump.
He says the showing for Trump really indicates the how voters wanted change.
“I think we expected the good turnout for Trump here in Macon County,” says Pillsbury. “I think it goes to show that people are fed up with the status quo and they were ready for change. A lot of people we saw were not typical voters that we may have come to see over elections, there were people that usually don’t say anything or vote that came out for this election.”
For a full list of Macon County Election 2016 results you can click here.