April 21, 2006

More precincty wonk food

A helpful commenter recently sent in a list of precinct committeemen in Rock Island County and the precincts they represent.

I noted at the time that there were 121 precints total. That's not correct, as one precinct had two candidates running and they were both counted. The actual number of precincts in the county is 120.

Of the 120, 79, or roughly 2/3 of the total currently have elected precinct committeemen, while 41 precincts remain without any committeeman.

The total vote cast in precinct races in Rock Island county (not counting write-ins or votes for a losing candidate) is 7,132

Since the precinct committeemen will be able to vote for Lane Evan's replacement on the ballot based on the number of votes cast in their precinct during the primary, I took the list and added those numbers to the list.

Those precinct committeemen with 80 or more votes, listed in descending order are:
(Excuse the not-so-hot-formatting)

Andalusia -- John A. Gianulis -- 272
Blackhawk 7 -- Douglas E. House -- 213
South Moline 17 -- Mike Boland -- 179
Blackhawk 3 -- Bruce Stickell -- 168
South Moline 4 -- Steven Meersman -- 153
South Moline 27 -- Denny Jacobs -- 144
Hampton 15 -- James Cramblett -- 142
South Moline 16 -- Jeff Stulir -- 139
Bowling 2 -- Quintin Waterman -- 128
South Rock Island 13 -- Donna Jungwirth -- 127
Bowling 1 -- Randy Jacobs -- 125
South Moline 1 -- Helen E. Heiland -- 123
Hampton 1 -- Louis E. Shelangouski -- 122
South Rock Island 3 -- Richard W. Mc Carthy -- 121
South Rock Island 6 -- Carla J. Kelly -- 121
South Moline 6 -- Connie Mohr-Wright -- 119
South Moline 13 -- John S. Callas -- 118
Coal Valley 1 -- Tom Rockwell -- 115
Hampton 17 -- Janet Oltman -- 108
Moline 3 -- David Hendrickx -- 108
South Rock Island 8 -- Stewart L. Adams -- 106
Hampton 6 -- Dawn Shelton -- 104
Rock Island 15 -- William A. Byers -- 104
South Moline 19 -- Michael W Malmstrom -- 102
Coe -- Alfred A. De Cap -- 101
South Moline 2 -- Ed De Jaynes -- 99
South Rock Island 7 -- Pete Caras -- 98
Blackhawk 4 -- Janis Hubbs -- 97
South Moline 11 -- Teresa K. Kurtenbach -- 95
Blackhawk 1 -- Randy B. Wlaskolich -- 95
South Moline 15 -- Joe Moreno -- 94
Port Byron -- Charles Tague -- 93
South Rock Island 10 -- Ted E. Davies -- 93
Hampton 3 -- Crotis Teague Jr. -- 92
South Moline 22 -- Steve Ballard -- 91
South Rock Island 4 -- Mark J. Parr Jr. -- 91
Blackhawk 2 -- Kathy L. Harmon -- 91
Moline 8 -- David Mier -- 90
South Moline 3 -- Phil Banaszek -- 89
South Rock Island 14 -- Paul C. Delcourt -- 89
Moline 11 -- Leland Balmer -- 87
Hampton 10 -- John T. Ahern -- 86
Hampton 2 -- Arthur R. Winstein -- 85
Edgington 1 -- Sue C. Vroman -- 85
South Moline 14 -- Virgil K. Dueysen -- 84
South Rock Island 5 -- John R. Brandmeyer -- 83
South Rock Island 1 -- Virgil J. Mayberry -- 80
Buffalo Prairie -- Frank Fuhr -- 80

The precincts which are currently vacant are:

Hampton 4
Hampton 5
Hampton 7
Hampton 8
Hampton 11
Hampton 12
Hampton 14
Hampton 16
South Moline 5
South Moline 7
South Moline 9
South Moline 10
South Moline 12
South Moline 18
South Moline 20
South Moline 21
South Moline 23
South Moline 24
South Moline 25
South Moline 26
South Moline 28
South Moline 29
Moline 4
Moline 9
Moline 12
Moline 16
Moline 17
Moline 18
Moline 19
Rock Island 10
Rock Island 11
Rock Island 13
South Rock Island 12
South Rock Island 15
South Rock Island 16
Blackhawk 6
Coal Valley 2
Coal Valley 3
Edgington 2

Of course this is only a partial picture, as the 17th District includes all or part of TWENTY TWO counties and 721 precincts, meaning that Rock Island county only contains 16.6% of all precincts in the district.

Add the fact that it's reported that roughly half of the 721 precincts in the district remain vacant, and the situation is still in flux.

I don't have the total number of votes cast in all the precincts of the entire district which elected a candidate, but if anyone has that information, I'd appreciate it if they sent it along.

A previous report in the D/A stated that the chair of Adams County said his county controls roughly 20,000 votes to Rock Island County's 12,000


At 4/21/2006 7:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have to count the empty precincts to the total number that John G. has and then you can see that Phil Hare is the congressman. No one can touch him. Lane Evans contacted John G. end of story. You and I know that this is a dead issue the machine rules. Quit with the dog and poney show and get this thing over with for the benefit of Hare and Evans and the democratic party.

At 4/21/2006 11:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, yes, yes. The sooner Congressman Hare becomes our Democratic leader the better off we will all be. Now is the time to close ranks in the Democratic Party and prepapre for the Republican on-slought, Boland faces a very difficult rematch against Steve Haring, who almost won last time without any money or party support. This time the Republicans have made Boland'seat their number one target!

At 4/21/2006 11:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve "Red" Hering came no where close to beating Boland - check your facts before shilling for the republicans

At 4/21/2006 11:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Verne has 2,000 votes, he thinks he is the Kingmaker and controlls the other counties outside Rock Island.

At 4/21/2006 12:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring on verne. If you think that Lane Evans can't rallie the troops in RI county then you are kidding yourself. lane Evans has been running the 17th for years and to think they wont use his presence to get Hare elected you are crazy. RI will come together like they did for John G and support Lane Evans in his time of need. verne who??

At 4/21/2006 3:06 PM, Anonymous paladin said...

Anon@11:13 speaks the truth when he/she sez: "prepapre(sic) for the Republican on-slought(sic)..."
If Phil Hare is the nominee, the Republicans will have a ready-made campaign talking-point----Democrat corruption and cronyism.
This will resonate with many of us swing voters who are tired of the Politburo's rule in RICO and all the back room deals. The politburo is so arrogant, they don't even bother to do their dirty dealing in backrooms----they shove it in our faces, and taunt us with "what are you gonna do about it?"

At 4/21/2006 3:56 PM, Blogger rope-a-dope said...

looking thru the list - I'm thinking there could be a couple of elected Precinct COmmittee persons missing.

Vince Thomas and Ed Langdon are long time committeemen - but I don't see their names. Didn't they run?

At 4/21/2006 5:49 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...


Read carefully... you must have missed that those listed above are only those committeemen who recieved 80 or more votes in the primary.

As stated in the post, there are 120 total precincts in RI county of which 79 are filled. Obviously, the list in the post does not contain all of them.

Thomas and Langdon are indeed committeemen, but got 51 and 57 votes respectively.

I'm not certain how the voting will be weighted for committeemen either. I'm not sure if it's the number of votes that were cast for THEM, or if it's the total number of votes cast for all offices in their precinct, or if it's determined by some other method.

At 4/21/2006 6:25 PM, Anonymous Bigmex said...

I'm pretty sure it's weighted by the TOTAL number of Democratic ballots that were requested in that precinct.

LOL, Paladin....that will be one of the weak talking points...perhaps... that the GOP will try, regardless of who the Dems put forth. Nobody in the general public understands, or cares, about this whole process. It's just a parlor game for a few insiders and political junkies.

At 4/21/2006 7:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yah you silly. Imigane this it is based on those votes cast for Lane Evans genius.

At 4/21/2006 8:33 PM, Anonymous paladin said...

You have a point bigmex. I think "Vote For Lane Evans' Sock Puppet" would be the perfect campaign slogan for Hare and would resonate with a bored and clueless public.

At 4/21/2006 9:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Baahh! Baaaahhh! Phillllll Haaaaaaarrrrre willll beeeeee Congressssssssmmmmmmaaaaaaaannnnnn!

At 4/21/2006 10:28 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I've had asses and monkeys comment before, but now sheep?

At 4/22/2006 10:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


It is wrong to declare that the "public is clueless." Unless yours is a first person reference! As would make some sense to long term readers!

At 4/22/2006 2:07 PM, Anonymous paladin a/k/a paladine said...

Sorry anon@10:43am (4/22), but it was bigmex who said: "Nobody in the general public understands, or cares, about this whole process."
My "Vote for Lane Evans' Sock Puppet" idea was just a way to get the public engaged. The public understands "sock puppets".

At 4/22/2006 6:38 PM, Blogger UMRBlog said...


On that, the law is clear. It's the number of dem ballots pulled in their precinct, not the number of votes they rec'd themselves.

At 4/22/2006 8:26 PM, Anonymous Bigmex said...

Yep, that's what I said and I still think it's true. They don't understand or much care about the process by which the candidate will be annointed; hell, the party people don't seem to understand it either. We're going to end up with a candidate one way or the other. To the extent that it will resonate as a campaign issue this fall (probably won't have legs beyond a few weeks after the selection), it will apply to whoever the Dems put forth. Once again, it will only be a concern among the unsuccessful wannabe's and those shilling for them.

At 4/22/2006 9:45 PM, Blogger Decatur Democrat said...

Wouldn't it more correctly be the number of Dem Ballots pulled for the 17th Congessional District in a given precinct?

At 4/23/2006 12:15 AM, Anonymous Political geek said...

Why can't a party chair express his views? This is America. The law will be followed. Hopefully without court intervention. For us dems, the amount of free name recognition is not priceless, it's price-full. A smart party will be name rich and respectful. Who ever gets the nomination deserves the support of the ENTIRE party. I thought only the republicans were free news whores. This is fantastic. A caucus by any other name is still a caucus. The republicans have no room to talk about how a person ends up on the ballot. In R. I. County, they just caucused a guy, and it was not due to a health situation. Of course they will make it an issue. Zinga made health an issue. What else do they have? Beat up on the enemy, not each other. I can't stomach looking at Zinga for two years. PLEASE DEMS, let the process work and kick her a##. Her only qualifications are reading off of a monitor. Staighten up for Heavens sake.

At 4/23/2006 11:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unless you want to disnafranchise 100,000 voters, every vote cast in a county in the last election for Lane must be counted. This plan being fostered by Mary Boland and Don Johnston to exclude faithful Democrat votes in an effort to gain some kind of advantage is wrong.

At 4/23/2006 9:56 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I'm not exactly clear what you're driving at, but it doesn't seem to make sense. It seems like you're proposing that we should just have a re-run of the primary without Lane?

I'm confused.

And there is no "plan being fostered by Mary Boland and Don Johnston"

They are merely following the existing laws, they didn't "invent" the way the candidate will be chosen.

Try not to spread disinformation.

At 4/24/2006 2:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In all seriousness, I am switching my vote to Andrea Zinga. If I would have heard myself utter that sentence two years ago, I would have thrown myself in front of a truck. Amazing how things change.

The events of the past month--the timing of the announcement (a week after the primary), the details of the Congressman's unfortunate turn for the worse soon after, and reports that Lane did not write his own endorsement letter, arouse suspicion, and when you add that to recent history (the appointment of Mike Jacobs a few years back) and something smells fishy.

The Rock Island County Democrats better learn they can't install people into office--and learn it quickly.

"Congresswoman Andrea Zinga" should be sobering enough to slap them out of their small-town power trip.

At 4/24/2006 2:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not just RI county and not just the state - I read on Capital Fax a while back that there were like 6 people appointed to their seats in the legislature or something like that. Some due to early retirement, some due to death. Some were dems, some republicans. It's the normal procession when a seat is vacated for any reason (before an election). Look it up.

At 4/24/2006 4:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our great Democrat Party doesn't wants your vote anyway. Pat Vercshoore was appointed and then elected. Mike Jacobs was appointed and then elected. Now Phil Hare is going to be appointed and then elected.

What you are saying has no basis in fact or merit!

See you at the polls Andrea!

At 4/25/2006 12:26 AM, Anonymous Political geek said...

Blah, blah, blah. Blog, blog, blog. Zinga is out working the district. Keep up the infighting all the way to the polls and we will all be sorry. I have an idea.

Let's fight, not unite and Zinga will be DEMS political blight.

At 4/25/2006 4:27 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Those who constantly call for "unity" among the Dems are pretty confusing to me.

They moan about the fighting going on and act like it's simply devastating, warning that the Republicans are going to somehow find out that Democrats actually have different views when it comes to various periferal issues, and ... I don't know, wreak havoc somehow.

But for all their protests and calls for "unity", they never get around to just what the hell it is that Dems are supposed to unify around.

It seems very strange to me to hear calls for "unity" during the primary races. What the hell does that mean? That we're all supposed to support one candidate? Which one?

Or are they pleading that Dems don't say anything bad about another Dem? I think that's probably it.

While I wholeheartedly agree that nasty, distorted, or invented dirt and attacks are low, disgusting, and certainly not desirable, I fail to see how the party would be served by an absense of a good stiff debate and discussion of each candidate's plusses and minuses.

And now here it is again, calls for unity or the big bad Republicans will sweep to victory.

But just what are we supposed to unify around? Are we all supposed to unify behind, say, Amy Stockwell? Boland? Schwiebert? Hare? Where are we supposed to stand? Are we all supposed to sit down, shut up, and let Gianulis and a few others call the shots and tell us what we think?

What exactly is this unity? Is it utter supression of vigorous debate and expression of differing ideas and opinions, or does it mean that we're supposed to wait for word from on high and all then mindlessly follow?

Frankly, I don't get it.

Call for unity, fine, but do it AFTER the Dem slate is already settled, but this constant bemoaning and calls for unity during primaries and now when the selection of the 17th district candidate is still supposedly open just seems, well, not right.

At 4/25/2006 8:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lane Evans has spoken and he endorses Phil Hare. Enough said.
Unity for Hare!!!

At 4/25/2006 12:43 PM, Anonymous truebluedem said...

Senator Mike Jacobs is taking Democrat Leaders to dinner and explaiing his plan to keep the Democrat Machine intact.

I hate to admit it Dope, but I agree with you on this one. Democrats are going to join the battle to throw Zinga and Bush out of office.

In Rock Island County the field is litered with bodies of Republican candidates -- Zinga will be no different.

The rest of the 17th Congressional District could learn something from Evans, John G and Jacobs, and that is how to win in the fall! No matter how hard RI COUNTY DEMS fight in the primary, we always come together in the fall! This year will be no different.

Victory is ours. Read it and weep Paladine (Zinga/Beals).

At 4/25/2006 3:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 8:08

Evans is no longer capable of making that decision.


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