Des Plaines residents went to dozens of local polling places including the and , and voted for representatives in Illinois’ primary election on Tuesday.
An informal survey showed votes were cast for President Barack Obama, Congressman Jan Schakowsky for Illinois’ 9th Congressional District, Susan Sweeney for Illinois’ 55th House District and Jim O’Donnell for Illinois’ 28th Senate District.
Brenda Carr, 44, of Des Plaines, said she voted for President Obama because he had good ideas.
“He wants to reform healthcare and try to make a better economy,” Carr said. “He’s doing a good job.”
Ellen Gialamas, 72, of Des Plaines, said she voted for Newt Gingrich because she agreed with his stance on many issues including energy.
“I cannot stand all this environmental protection stuff,” Gialamas said. “I think we should be finding our own oil because we have it and we just don’t do anything about it.”
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“I know he’s not going to win, but I like him,” Gialamas said.
John Whalen, 61, of Park Ridge, said, while handing flyers out for Susan Sweeney, a write-in candidate for Illinois’ 55th House District, he spoke with about 70 people throughout the day in front of City Hall. He said it was more important to him that people voted than who they voted for.