Schakowsky predicts victory, forsees standstill in Congress
Nov. 02, 2010

Text and photos by Ted Regencia

EVANSTON, Ill — After a long and heated campaign season that saw candidates trade barbs on issues from abortion to taxes to support for Israel, the 2010 Election Day comes early in the 9th District as polls open at 6 a.m.

In Evanston, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, who is facing a strong challenge from Harvard-educated Skokie resident Joel Pollak, cast her vote at 6:25 a.m. at the Nichols Middle School.

“I feel pretty confident that I will win,” Schakowsky said. “The question is the margin.”

The six-term Democratic congresswoman said it is her “routine” to vote early and spend the rest of the day going around to other precincts.

Nichols Middle School election judge Robert Wilson said there was a “rush in the beginning” of the voting. He expected it to “slack off” after a couple of hours and pick up again in the evening.

Like all the others statewide, the polling station is open until 7 p.m.

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Skokie rabbi rails at Obama’s terrorism policy
Nov. 01, 2010

Text and photos by Ted Regencia

SKOKIE, Ill — Three days after the failed attempt to ship explosive materials from Yemen to two Chicago synagogues, a senior rabbi of the Skokie-based Ezra-Habonim Jewish Congregation is calling out the Obama administration for its counterterrorism policy.

“We need the U.S. administration to understand we are in a battle vs islamic extremism,” Rabbi Jonathan Ginsburg wrote in an e-mail sent to Skokie Patch on Sunday.

Ginsburg, who heads the conservative reconstructionist congregation, cited a Washington Post article that reported President Barack Obama’s advisers were planning to drop terms like “Islamic radicalism” from a document outlining national security strategy.

According to the newspaper story, the move is an effort to emphasize “that the U.S. does not view Muslim nations through the lens of terrorism.”

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Recession not scaring away Halloween bargain hunters
Nov. 01, 2010

Text and photos by Ted Regencia

SKOKIE, Ill — It’s late afternoon on Friday and the Magical Mystery Tour is buzzing with activities, as shoppers crowd the Morton Grove costume shop looking for good deals for the three-day Halloween weekend.

Owner Randy Israel and his crew are trying to keep up with the influx of people already lining up at the cashier and huddling around the fitting area at the back of the store.

A psychedelic mix of brand new merchandise ranging from the innocent Lady Bug for kids to the sexy Mardi Gras for couples and creepy clown masks hang wall-to-wall.

Amid the gloom of the recession that has been scaring away other businesses and the ominous atmosphere of Halloween, Israel’s cash register is ringing as if it’s already Christmas. Continue reading “Recession not scaring away Halloween bargain hunters”