Illinois voter comments on Election Day


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Originally Posted Online: Nov. 06, 2012, 12:00 pm
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A selection of voter reactions as Illinoisans went to the polls Tuesday.

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'The president had his chance, and he screwed it up. It is time to get a Republican back and fix this country.' — Barb Lynn, 38, of Hoffman Estates, a dental hygienist who voted for Republican Mitt Romney.

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'Anyone who thinks that in four years we could have solved all the problems we inherited is deluding themselves. I do think we're moving in the right direction.' — Timothy Rowe, 23, of Chicago, a hospital research coordinator who voted for President Barack Obama.

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'Obama's a fine gentleman but he hasn't been effective. All of this is a management issue.' — Charles Hoffman, 60, a Winnetka businessman who voted for Romney.

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'The middle class is most important right now, in this election. Obama knows what is right for the middle class. Romney is just looking to get rich.' — Terry Mills, 37, of Hoffman Estates, a wire transfer clerk who voted for Obama.

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'I don't want to ignore the concern of health care in this country, but I feel like Obamacare is creating undue pressure.' — Scott Brown, 46, a Champaign business owner who voted for Romney.

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'I'm really just concerned about taxing and health care. I was raised to believe that if you have more you should be taxed more.' Erika Miner, 34, of Champaign, a stay at home mother of three who voted for Obama.

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'I think that he (Obama) loosened the requirements where people that really don't need it are receiving assistance and that takes away incentive to get out and make a good life for yourself.' Tim Kelly, 56, a Springfield software developer who voted for Romney.

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'I'm Obama, all the way. ... He supports the poor and working class better than anyone I've seen in a long time.' — John Taylor, 67, of Chicago, a policy adviser for the Catholic church.

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