Illinois Primary Election 2024: Updates and Live Results

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State’s attorney candidate Clayton Harris was among those mingling at the Manny’s Historic Deli, where former President-elect Barack Obama had a slice of pie after winning and Richard M. Daley ate a corned beef sandwich before beginning his mayoral bid.

Harris ordered a Reuben and pastrami before shaking a few more hands and heading out.

“This place is always packed. … It’s a staple,” he said excitedly as he walked out the door to talk to more voters, pausing briefly to shake the hand of former state attorney candidate Bob Fioretti.

“See you in November,” they said to each other.

State Attorney Candidate Eileen O’Neill Burke He arrived about an hour after his opponent left and said his campaign “left everything on the field today.”

Burke is no stranger to the restaurant: She showed up on Election Day after her appeals court bid, but she also said she’s been buying corned beef and cabbage at Manny’s for St. Patrick’s Day and passing it on to her kids. as a landlord for years.

“There’s always a great vibe at Manny’s,” Burke said. “[And] They have much better corned beef than I have ever prepared.”

Dan Raskin, fourth-generation owner of the family restaurant that has become a magnet for politicians on Election Day, made sure to add a few extra staff members, but said it’s pretty similar to the usual lunch hours.

He said the annual tradition never gets old and it was nice to see the legacy continue without any specific invitation.

“It came about on its own, no one really created it,” Raskin said. “Over time people used us as a meeting place.”

This year, however, Democratic National Committee delegates also flooded the restaurant, bringing the presidential race to the restaurant once again.

“To me, that was a big deal,” Raskin said.

Among the crowd were faces from all levels of government, including many from City Hall.

Aldo. Desmon Yancy (fifth) said he was there in part to support Harris and other candidates and friends of his, although he said he would keep an eye on Bring Chicago Home’s numbers once they started coming in.

Yancy said his neighborhood, which partly covers the South Shore and Hyde Park, would benefit greatly given the homeless population there.

As for those wary of the ballot question’s non-specific language, Yancy said that if passed, he would like to focus on homeless youth but also veterans, a group he said sometimes has a harder time asking. help, which is where the city extension would come in.

“We have to make sure that there is really targeted support not only for young people, but also for fewer veterans and senior households,” Yancy said. “For the city to step in on this and come up with a solution is fantastic.”

Politics aside, Yancy said he was glad to go back and eat since he was too busy shaking hands to eat what he had ordered last year.

“I’m very happy to be here without a race,” Yancy said.

Candidate questionnaire to help you weigh your options in the March 19, 2024 Illinois primary.

Candidate questionnaire to help you weigh your options in the March 19, 2024 Illinois primary.

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