Illinoisans differ on social issues


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Posted Online: Nov. 06, 2012, 9:21 am
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) For some Illinois voters, Tuesday's election is important because of the impact it will have on social services in the United States.

Martha Wolters says she turned out in Springfield to vote for President Barack Obama. She says women's issues, social security and health care are important issues to her.

Wolters works as a counselor at the SIU School of Medicine, and she says she worries any efforts to cut services will hurt her clients because she works with many people who are on Medicaid.

Software developer Tim Kelly, however, says he voted for Republican Mitt Romney because he thinks Obama has been offering benefits to people who don't really need public assistance. The Springfield resident says he has family members who get food stamps who really could be working.














 



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1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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