Polls
Current Polls
Previous Polls
Is it right for Illinois to issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants?
Yes
51% (327)
No
49% (315)
Total Votes: 642
What is your opinion of the website problems with 'Obamacare'?
No big deal. They'll eventually fix it.
63% (700)
A symptom of what happens with government
37% (413)
Total Votes: 1113
If you were a superhero, what superpower would you want?
Flight
26% (79)
Superstrength
18% (53)
Speed
5% (14)
X-ray vision
14% (43)
Something else
37% (111)
Total Votes: 300
Who do you blame for the shutdown?
Republicans in Congress
45% (459)
President Obama
45% (455)
Both
10% (106)
Total Votes: 1020
Has the federal government shutdown affected you?
Yes
15% (41)
No
85% (231)
Total Votes: 272
Should the next Kankakee school superintendent be required to live in Kankakee?
Yes
80% (231)
No
20% (56)
Total Votes: 287
Should marijuana be legalized?
Yes
54% (136)
No
46% (115)
Total Votes: 251
Should schools be air conditioned at taxpayer expense?
Yes
53% (182)
No
47% (161)
Total Votes: 343
Should the United States intervene in Syria?
Yes
16% (70)
No
84% (356)
Total Votes: 426
Do you agree with instant replay being used in baseball?
Yes
43% (97)
No
16% (37)
Don't care
40% (91)
Total Votes: 225
Is a bikepath along illinois Route 50 to Northfield Square mall a good idea?
Yes
62% (205)
No
38% (128)
Total Votes: 333
Is starting school in July or mid-August too early?
Yes
59% (162)
No
41% (112)
Total Votes: 274
Give us your opinion on the suspensions handed down by baseball for the abuse of performance enhancing drugs.
The suspensions were right.
31% (62)
The suspensions were too severe.
8% (16)
The suspensions were not severe enough.
61% (122)
Total Votes: 200
Other than Kankakee County siting a new landfill or raising taxes to erase a budget deficit, which one of these options would you support?
Recruit a waste-to-energy-technology company.
24% (102)
Entice technology industry to locate here.
37% (157)
Have county employees take unpaid days off.
9% (40)
Layoff county employees.
14% (60)
Make more budget cuts.
16% (70)
Total Votes: 429
How will the Bears do this season?
Win less than half their games
27% (105)
Play .500 ball
22% (84)
Win more than half their games
20% (77)
Make the playoffs
22% (84)
NFC Champs
6% (24)
Super Bowl champs
4% (15)
Total Votes: 389
Do you agree with the acquittal verdict in the Trayvon Martin murder case?
Yes
43% (333)
No
57% (443)
Total Votes: 776
Do you approve of the job being done by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn?
Yes
29% (117)
No
71% (289)
Total Votes: 406
In the light of the Paula Deen controversy, should public officials, celebrities and others be held accountable for using racial slurs?
Yes
60% (196)
No
40% (133)
Total Votes: 329
Do you agree with the Supreme Court's rulings in regards to same-sex marriage?
Yes
56% (248)
No
44% (197)
Total Votes: 445
Do you agree with the American Medical Association's move to declare obesity a disease?
Yes
51% (218)
No
49% (212)
Total Votes: 430
Is the whistle blower who revealed the national phone surveillance a patriot or traitor?
Patriot
78% (294)
Traitor
22% (83)
Total Votes: 377
Should it be illegal to use a cellphone while driving?
Yes
71% (243)
No
29% (101)
Total Votes: 344
Would you raise the speed limit on Illinois highways to 70 miles an hour?
Yes
45% (194)
No
55% (237)
Total Votes: 431
Will the General Assembly pass a concealed carry bill before the June 9 deadline?
Yes
25% (37)
No
75% (112)
Total Votes: 149
What do think about the scandal involving the IRS targeting conservative tax exempt groups?
Blame the President because he is ultimately responsible.
49% (564)
Blame the IRS.
21% (245)
Call for an investigation.
29% (328)
It is OK to target political opponents.
1% (13)
Total Votes: 1150
Should the drunken driving limit be lowered to .05?
Yes
37% (154)
No
63% (265)
Total Votes: 419
Is it a good idea to charge sales tax on Internet purchases?
Yes
26% (67)
No
74% (194)
Total Votes: 261
How do you feel about Tom Ricketts' threats to move the Cubs if he doesn't get renovations to Wrigley Field.
Give him what he wants because renovation is more important than preservation
22% (60)
Let the Cubs leave.
54% (145)
Don't worry. It's an idle threat.
24% (63)
Total Votes: 268
Should the state save money by abolishing the job of lieutenant governor?
Yes
89% (272)
No
11% (34)
Total Votes: 306
Should the city of Kankakee have demolished the Thomas Bonfield house?
Yes
44% (105)
No
56% (136)
Total Votes: 241
Would you use Facebook Home on your phone?
Yes
22% (14)
No
78% (49)
Total Votes: 63
Should there be universal background checks for anyone purchasing a firearms?
Yes
59% (530)
No
41% (370)
Total Votes: 900
Who will have a better season: Cubs, White Sox or Cardinals?
Cardinals
42% (57)
Cubs
21% (28)
White Sox
37% (50)
Total Votes: 135
Do you think North Korea is just bluffing again?
Yes
16% (64)
No, not this time
30% (118)
No, and we should strike first
11% (44)
Yes, but we should prepare just in case
42% (167)
Total Votes: 393
Is Jimmy Fallon a suitable replacement for current "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno?
Yes
29% (130)
No
23% (104)
Don't care
48% (215)
Total Votes: 449
Do you think the Defense of Marriage Act will be shot down by the Supreme Court?
Yes
63% (247)
No
37% (148)
Total Votes: 395
Should the Chicago Cubs accept Rosemont's offer to build a new stadium and leave Wrigley Field?
Yes
36% (211)
No
47% (281)
I'm a White Sox fan, I don't care
14% (84)
I'm a Cardinals fan, I don't care
3% (18)
Total Votes: 594
Would you ban voting booths from schools to make schools safer?
Yes
35% (120)
No
65% (222)
Total Votes: 342
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has decided to loosen restrictions regarding carry-on items aboard commercial aircraft, allowing small knives, hockey sticks and golf clubs. Do you think small knives should be allowed on planes?
Yes
15% (125)
No
68% (547)
We should remove all restrictions put in place since 9/11
8% (61)
I never fly, so I don't care
10% (77)
Total Votes: 810
Do you support the right of state employees in Illinois to go out on strike?
Yes
51% (226)
No
49% (219)
Total Votes: 445
Do you agree with the Chicago Cubs' decision to limit who sings "Take Me Out to The Ball Game" during the seventh-inning stretch?
Yes
50% (57)
No
23% (27)
Don't care
27% (31)
Total Votes: 115
How high will the price of a gallon of gasoline reach in 2013?
$4.00
10% (45)
$4.25
19% (89)
$4.50
19% (90)
$4.75
11% (54)
$5.00
15% (73)
Higher than $5.00
26% (121)
Total Votes: 472
Should Illinois legalize medical marijuana?
Yes
59% (267)
No
41% (184)
Total Votes: 451
Should wrestling remain an Olympic sport?
Yes
69% (86)
No
10% (13)
Don't care
21% (26)
Total Votes: 125
What do you think of the Postal Service's decision to cut Saturday mail?
Good decision
55% (390)
Bad decision
21% (151)
Don't care
24% (169)
Total Votes: 710
Should smokers be charged more for Obamacare?
Yes
57% (191)
No
43% (146)
Total Votes: 337
Should women serve in combat?
Yes
59% (242)
No
41% (165)
Total Votes: 407
Which boys basketball team with the area's best records will advance the furthest in the postseason?
St. Anne (14-4)
40% (101)
Bishop McNamara (17-5)
39% (99)
Central (13-7)
6% (15)
Cissna Park (13-7)
12% (31)
Peotone (11-8)
4% (9)
Total Votes: 255
How much progress has been made in race relations since the days of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr?
Much better.
43% (157)
A little better.
27% (99)
Unchanged.
8% (29)
Gotten worse.
21% (77)
Total Votes: 362
Which will happen first?
Illinois will fix its pension problem
14% (31)
Chicago Cubs win the World Series
86% (197)
Total Votes: 228
Do you miss the snow?
Yes
39% (129)
No
61% (204)
Total Votes: 333
Monopoly game maker Hasbro has launched a "Save Your Token" campaign to retire either the race car, iron, Scottie dog, wheelbarrow, shoe, top hat, thimble or battleship. The company is letting fans vote until Feb. 5 for the one they want to keep. Fans also can vote for the replacement token: toy robot, helicopter, cat, guitar or diamond ring. Which game piece should be replaced?
Race car
5% (4)
Iron
22% (18)
Wheelbarrow
12% (10)
Thimble
23% (19)
Shoe
7% (6)
Scottie dog
11% (9)
Battleship
12% (10)
Top hat
7% (6)
Total Votes: 82
Which proposal would you use to improve the Kankakee Holiday Tournament?
Get better teams by being more proactive.
48% (19)
Add a fourth game.
23% (9)
Adopt a single-division format.
30% (12)
Total Votes: 40
Should the Illinois legislature approve a bill allowing same-sex marriages?
Yes
42% (330)
No
58% (452)
Total Votes: 782
Are you optimistic or pessimistic for the year ahead?
Optimistic
54% (331)
Pessimistic
46% (286)
Total Votes: 617
Should assault rifles and high capacity ammunition clips be banned?
Yes
52% (1135)
No
48% (1061)
Total Votes: 2196
Will the Chicago Bears qualify for the playoffs this season?
Yes
18% (14)
No
82% (62)
Total Votes: 76
Do you agree with the court's decision to create concealed carry in Illinois?
Yes
84% (948)
No
16% (184)
Total Votes: 1132
Should Illinois allow Illegal immigrants the right to get driver's licenses?
Yes
11% (91)
No
89% (704)
Total Votes: 795
What's your least favorite Christmas food or drink?
Fruitcake
25% (21)
Egg nog
15% (13)
Sweet potatoes
2% (2)
Liverwurst
7% (6)
Cranberry sauce
4% (3)
Gum drops
2% (2)
Pickled herring
34% (29)
Candied yams
1% (1)
Mincemeat pie
6% (5)
Other (please leave answer in comments)
4% (3)
Total Votes: 85
What should Santa bring?
Housing
2% (14)
A job
14% (115)
Good health
18% (151)
World peace
17% (142)
Toys for the kids
43% (365)
Clothes
0% (3)
Other (please leave answer in comments)
6% (52)
Total Votes: 842
What are you thankful for this year?
Good health
25% (107)
Job
13% (57)
Family
49% (209)
Friends
5% (20)
Other (please leave answer in comments)
8% (35)
Total Votes: 428
Many people suffer from election hangover every four years and find it hard to cure. Whether your candidate won or lost, it can be hard to move on after months of discussion - online and in person - about politics. How do you get over the election?
Stop watching all news programs for awhile
33% (45)
Ignore my Facebook feed
2% (3)
I can't and I don't want to
21% (29)
Focus on work or family
43% (59)
Total Votes: 136
Now that the election is over, how do you feel about Obamacare?
Should we keep it in its entirety?
15% (87)
Should we modify some parts of it?
26% (146)
Should it be scrapped altogether?
59% (332)
Total Votes: 565
How do you think the two parties should compromise now?
Should the Republicans move closer to Obama's position?
26% (208)
Should Obama move closer to the Republicans' position?
25% (198)
Should both sides meet in the middle?
43% (340)
Should both sides stick to their positions?
6% (50)
Total Votes: 796
With the latest James Bond movie "Skyfall" set to open this weekend, many people are talking about their favorite actors to play the role over the years. So who was your favorite James Bond?
Sean Connery
78% (40)
Roger Moore
10% (5)
Pierce Brosnan
10% (5)
Timothy Dalton
 
(0)
Daniel Craig
2% (1)
Total Votes: 51
What should be done with the tax cuts that are about to expire at the end of the year?
Renew all the tax cuts
23% (156)
Start to pay to balance the budget
21% (138)
Renew some, but not all of them
24% (157)
Renew all the tax cuts and cut spending to balance the budget
32% (213)
Total Votes: 664
Will you vote on election day?
Yes
84% (585)
No
12% (84)
Undecided
4% (26)
Total Votes: 695
Have you watched any of CLTV's coverage of the Demetrious Jones trial?
Yes
10% (9)
No
90% (81)
Total Votes: 90
Which candidate won Monday night's presidential debate?
Mitt Romney
53% (78)
Barack Obama
31% (45)
Tie
5% (7)
Neither
11% (16)
Total Votes: 146
What are you more likely to watch on TV tonight?
Presidential debate
24% (18)
Lions vs. Bears football game
42% (32)
Game 7, National League Championship Series
11% (8)
Something else
14% (11)
None of the above
9% (7)
Total Votes: 76
Should seriously ill representatives, like Jesse Jackson Jr., and Mark Kirk, remain in office, or step aside?
Remain in office
4% (23)
Step aside
95% (507)
Total Votes: 531
As suggested by Mitt Romney would you cut public television and public radio to save money for other programs?
Yes
50% (1070)
No
50% (1054)
Total Votes: 2124
Who do you think won Wednesday's presidential debate?
Barack Obama
13% (16)
Mitt Romney
87% (107)
Total Votes: 123
Who do you trust more on foreign policy — Obama or Romney?
Barack Obama
38% (636)
Mitt Romney
56% (944)
Neither
6% (101)
Total Votes: 1681
Who do you trust more on the economy — Obama or Romney?
Barack Obama
23% (213)
Mitt Romney
77% (711)
Total Votes: 924
If you could write in someone else for president, who would that be — and why?
Post your choice and why in the comments section
100% (118)
Total Votes: 118
Should teachers have the right to strike?
Yes
70% (697)
No
30% (305)
Total Votes: 1002
Give us your opinion on the Democratic National Convention. Did you:
Watch a lot and agree with the Democrats?
23% (164)
Watch a lot and disagree with the Democrats?
37% (262)
Prefer to just watch regular television?
40% (284)
Total Votes: 710
Give us your opinion of the Republican National Convention. Did you:
Watch a lot and agree with the Republicans?
53% (297)
Watch a lot and disagree with the Republicans?
11% (62)
Prefer to just watch regular television?
36% (204)
Total Votes: 563
How would you solve Illinois pension crisis for public employees?
Raise taxes
9% (70)
Cut their pensions
45% (339)
Do nothing — when the money runs out it’s gone
38% (289)
Cut other programs, like education and Medicaid, as needed
8% (61)
Total Votes: 759
How would you rate the choice of Paul Ryan as the Republican vice presidential candidate?
Good
46% (625)
Fair
3% (42)
Poor
46% (622)
There’s not enough information yet.
4% (56)
Total Votes: 1345
How do you think the Chicago Bears will do this season?
Win less than half their games
36% (180)
Win more than half their games
36% (183)
Division champs
9% (47)
Conference champs
5% (26)
Super Bowl champs
13% (66)
Total Votes: 502
Were the sanctions handed down to the Penn State football program fair?
Yes
67% (242)
No
33% (117)
Total Votes: 359
Are you offended that the U.S. Olympic uniforms were made in China?
Yes
81% (529)
No
19% (122)
Total Votes: 651
Should Mitt Romney release more of his income tax returns?
Yes
40% (216)
No
60% (323)
Total Votes: 539
Should Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler take up old-school rap artist Young MC's offer to appear at the Merchant Street MusicFest in Kankakee and redeem himself for a poor rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"?
Yes
58% (124)
No
42% (89)
Total Votes: 213
Do you understand your property tax bill? This weekend The Daily Journal kicks off a series designed to better inform people about property taxes.
Yes
51% (162)
No
49% (156)
Total Votes: 318
Would you raise taxes to build a new Kankakee County Courthouse? The structure, 100 years old, does not meet the current requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act for accessibility.
Yes
14% (78)
No
86% (496)
Total Votes: 574
Do you agree with the Supreme Court decision requiring Americans to buy health insurance?
Yes
38% (855)
No
62% (1384)
Total Votes: 2239
Is it wise for the state to save money by closing prisons?
Yes
39% (230)
No
61% (354)
Total Votes: 584
Is it a good idea for the Bourbonnais Township Park District to buy Hidden Cove SportsPlex?
Yes
65% (650)
No
35% (346)
Total Votes: 996
Should government regulate the amount of soda pop you can buy?
Yes
4% (24)
No
96% (553)
Total Votes: 577
Should Illinois raise its tax on cigarettes?
Yes
37% (250)
No
63% (426)
Total Votes: 676
Should Illinois raise its minimum wage?
Yes
41% (271)
No
59% (388)
Total Votes: 659
How do you feel about the economy now: optimistic or pessimistic?
Optimistic
41% (315)
Pessimistic
59% (445)
Total Votes: 760
Do you support same-sex marriage?
Yes
29% (505)
No
71% (1238)
Total Votes: 1743
Should Illinois pass a concealed carry law for firearms?
Yes
65% (1210)
No
35% (660)
Total Votes: 1870
What should be done about student loan debt?
Forgiven
12% (49)
Paid back
54% (221)
Paid back, but only if you have a job.
34% (142)
Total Votes: 412
Is racial profiling a justifiable response to gun violence?
Yes
64% (271)
No
36% (151)
Total Votes: 422
What is your opinion on the third airport?
I favor the Will County plan, which emphasizes control by local government.
20% (96)
I favor the Jesse Jackson Jr. plan, which emphasizes building an airport through private financing.
13% (62)
I favor not building an airport at all.
67% (326)
Total Votes: 484
Give us your early vote — President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney or undecided?
President Barack Obama
51% (1193)
Mitt Romney
41% (945)
Undecided
8% (193)
Total Votes: 2331
Who will do best this year — Cubs, Cardinals or White Sox?
Cubs
31% (138)
White Sox
29% (132)
Cardinals
40% (178)
Total Votes: 448
What should the Supreme Court do in its case with ‘Obamacare’?
Uphold all of it
42% (422)
Strike down all of it
49% (492)
Strike down portions of it
8% (84)
Total Votes: 998
Should politicians be allowed to make automated calls to your telephone?
Yes
5% (35)
No
95% (654)
Total Votes: 689
Have you changed your driving habits as a result of the high gas prices?
Yes
69% (323)
No
31% (145)
Total Votes: 468
Do you plan on voting in the Illinois primary March 20?
Yes
63% (246)
No
37% (145)
Total Votes: 391
What is the best baseball movie of all time? We're keeping this to feature films. If your favorite isn't listed, add it in the comments
A League of Their Own
8% (41)
Angels in the Outfield
1% (3)
Bad News Bears (original)
7% (36)
Bad News Bears (remake)
1% (5)
BASEketball
2% (9)
Eight Men Out
2% (10)
The Fan
0% (2)
Field of Dreams
28% (143)
Major League
7% (36)
Major League 2
0% (2)
Moneyball
3% (14)
The Natural
19% (96)
Rookie of the Year
1% (5)
The Rookie
6% (29)
The Sandlot
16% (84)
Total Votes: 515
Would you cut the pensions of teachers, police and other government workers to balance the state budget?
Yes
40% (282)
No
60% (420)
Total Votes: 702
Who has a better economic plan — President Obama or the Republicans?
Obama
59% (493)
The Republicans
41% (337)
Total Votes: 830
Should local governments ban tag days, where local groups or clubs collect money at intersections?
Yes
58% (271)
No
42% (200)
Total Votes: 471
Should the government subsidize the manufacture and sale of electric cars?
Yes
25% (119)
No
75% (360)
Total Votes: 479
Do you favor cameras in Illinois courts?
Yes
71% (246)
No
29% (101)
Total Votes: 347
Should the high school dropout age be raised to 18?
Yes
81% (375)
No
19% (89)
Total Votes: 464
Do you agree with President Obama's decision to stop the pipeline to import oil from Canada?
Yes
51% (533)
No
49% (505)
Total Votes: 1038
Is it inevitable that Mitt Romney will win the Republican presidential nomination?
Yes, the rest of the GOP should fall in line.
55% (141)
No, there's plenty of time to derail Romney's momentum.
29% (75)
Ask me again after next week's South Carolina primary.
16% (40)
Total Votes: 256
Does the Illinois lottery unfairly take advantage of the poor?
Yes
43% (131)
No
57% (177)
Total Votes: 308
Do you agree with the government ban on certain lightbulbs, that will raise prices and save energy?
Yes
47% (338)
No
53% (379)
Total Votes: 717
Should the Chicago Bears have gone further with their coaching and executive moves?
Yes
80% (67)
No
20% (17)
Total Votes: 84
Vote for your top sports story of the year. Feel free to add write-ins in the comments.
Beecher’s Grant Nykaza's finished second in the Class 1A state cross-country meet.
3% (9)
Bishop McNamara freshman Khadaizha Sanders scores 36 points against Bradley-Bourbonnais.
1% (3)
Bishop McNamara girls basketball finishes third in Class 2A.
1% (4)
Bishop McNamara’s Rich Zinanni gets his 300th-career football coaching win.
13% (36)
Boys’ Class 1A track; Herscher’s Josh Jones and Beecher relay win gold.
0% (1)
Bradley-Bourbonnais’ Jessica Clifford qualifies for state in diving for the second-straight year.
5% (13)
Class 1A wrestling: second-place finishes for Bishop McNamara’s Dolliger, Reed-Custer’s Lyons and Peotone’s Young.
1% (2)
Dwight basketball loses to eventual Class 1A state champ Newark in sectional semifinal.
1% (3)
Herscher baseball's upset loss to Walther in the state tournament.
0% (1)
Herscher basketball loses at buzzer in double overime to Paxton-Buckley-Loda in Class 2A regional final.
0% (1)
Herscher girls soccer takes second in Class 1A.
12% (33)
KCC basketball’s men’s and women’s dual undefeated run, last college in country to have two undefeated teams.
3% (9)
KCC softball finishes third in nation.
2% (6)
Kankakee County Soldiers win winter season title on 40-foot shot at buzzer.
0% (1)
Kankakee’s Dominique Kimpel wins two more golds in Class 2A track; breaks own record in one event.
12% (31)
Local sports deaths: Manteno’s Cory Blanchette; KCC’s Dan Denton; former Soldiers player Mike Simms.
9% (25)
Manteno football wins first state playoff game.
3% (7)
Manteno quarterback Ryan Sample lights up Notre Dame (Peoria) in playoffs.
3% (9)
MMA: Brian Ebersole (3-0) and Mike Russow go 4-0 in UFC fights.
2% (6)
Momence’s DeAndre Wright sets all-time area rushing record in football.
18% (49)
ONU women’s soccer final 16 run
 
(0)
Reed-Custer’s Billy Chancey wins Class 1A 145-pound state wrestling title.
4% (10)
Twenty-year-old Mike Spatola wins Summer Nationals at Kankakee County Speedway.
 
(0)
Watseka volleyball makes Elite Eight in Class 2A.
2% (6)
Wilmington wrestling makes state quarterfinals in Class 1A.
1% (4)
Total Votes: 269
What is your opinion on President Obama?
I will vote for him no matter who the Republican nominee is
48% (438)
I will vote for any Republican.
38% (345)
My vote will depend on who the Republican nominee is.
15% (133)
Total Votes: 916
Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the economy in the upcoming year?
Optimistic
41% (150)
Pessimistic
59% (213)
Total Votes: 363
Do you agree with the judge's decision to sentence former baseball star Barry Bonds to 30 days of house arrest, two years probation and 250 hours of community service?
Yes
18% (9)
No
33% (17)
Don't care
49% (25)
Total Votes: 51
What do you think will happen in Iraq now that the U.S. has formally shut down the war?
Iraq will fall into violence
38% (93)
It will grow as a democracy
3% (7)
Iran will invade Iraq
22% (55)
I'm just glad we are out
37% (90)
Total Votes: 245
Do you believe the federal government should ban all cell phone use while driving?
Yes
59% (275)
No
41% (194)
Total Votes: 469
Should the government renew the temporary 2 percent cut in Social Security taxes?
Yes
34% (25)
No
66% (48)
Total Votes: 73
Will you give more to holiday charities ths year?
Yes, because the need is great
27% (77)
No, because it has been a difficult year
73% (207)
Total Votes: 284
Is there a Santa Claus?
Yes, and tell us your best Santa
67% (235)
No
33% (118)
Total Votes: 353
How much will you spend on Christmas this year?
More than last year
7% (27)
About the same as last year
38% (151)
Less than last year
55% (220)
Total Votes: 398
Was Penn State right to fire Joe Paterno?
Yes
78% (517)
No
22% (142)
Total Votes: 659
Should electric rates be raised to create a more modern and reliable network?
Yes
13% (69)
No
87% (462)
Total Votes: 531
Should landlords be forced to pay for property inspections?
Yes
39% (254)
No
61% (399)
Total Votes: 653
Do you agree with the total withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq?
Yes
74% (413)
No
26% (145)
Total Votes: 558
Do you feel the U.S. should pull out of Afghanistan?
Yes
74% (390)
No
26% (140)
Total Votes: 530
How would you solve the crisis of Illinois not paying its bills?
Raise the income tax from 5 to 7 percent
3% (6)
Borrow the money. Pay the debt later.
2% (4)
Cut expenses and programs
70% (140)
Some mix of tax hikes and budget cuts
25% (50)
Total Votes: 200
Should tolls be raised to reapir Illinois roads/
Yes
21% (13)
No
79% (48)
Total Votes: 61
Should a mosque be built near the site of the 9/11 tragedy?
Yes
15% (45)
No
85% (248)
Total Votes: 293
Who should the next U.S. representative be from this area?
Jesse Jackson Jr.
1% (1)
Debbie Halvorson
16% (15)
Adam Kinzinger
54% (51)
Some other Democrat
4% (4)
Some other Republican
11% (10)
Someone else or undecided
15% (14)
Total Votes: 95
Should all welfare applicants undergo a drug test in order to get their benefits?
Yes
91% (472)
No
9% (46)
Total Votes: 518
Shoiuld Americans be required to buy health insurance?
Yes
27% (102)
No
73% (269)
Total Votes: 371
Who would you choose to appear on a U.S. postage stamp?
Charlie Sheen
17% (17)
Lady Gaga
9% (9)
Captain Zero
16% (16)
Mike Frey
19% (19)
Other (write response in comment field)
40% (41)
Total Votes: 102
How would you solve the Social Security shortfall?
Do nothing. When it runs out, it runs out.
7% (27)
Means test Social Security. Poor people get more. Rich people get nothing.
24% (97)
Raise the retirement age
16% (66)
Raise Social security taxes
9% (35)
Raise taxes, but only on the rich
36% (146)
Cut benefits
9% (36)
Total Votes: 407
Who is to blame for our current economic situation?
President Obama
45% (241)
Congress
34% (181)
World economy
8% (43)
Other (write response in comment field)
12% (65)
Total Votes: 530
Which Chicago baseball manager will get fired after the season?
Mike Quade, Cubs
23% (55)
Ozzie Guillen, White Sox
15% (35)
Both
53% (126)
Neither
9% (21)
Total Votes: 237
What is the best way to create jobs?
Government should borrow money to build roads and schools
3% (15)
Cut taxes on businesses
16% (81)
Cut taxes on people so they have more to spend
18% (88)
Place taxes on imports to help American manufacturers
34% (168)
Just be patient, things will get better
1% (6)
Balance the budget to encourage the markets
18% (86)
Make another suggestion in comment field
7% (34)
Total Votes: 491
10 years after 9/11 do you feel safer or more worried?
I feel safer
37% (103)
I am more worried
63% (179)
Total Votes: 282
Who had the best performance in Week 1 high school football?
J.J. Witherow, Manteno: 1 TD reception, 1 kickoff return for a TD, 1 interception
24% (86)
Channing Dolliger, Bishop McNamara: 10-11 passing, 3 touchdown passes, 208 yards passing
28% (100)
DeAndre Wright, Momence: 320 all-purpose yards, 4 touchdowns
42% (151)
Eron Marquez, Milford: 17 carries, 202 yards rushing, 2 touchdowns
7% (25)
Total Votes: 362
Should the school year be longer?
Yes
60% (223)
No
40% (146)
Total Votes: 369
What's the best game of high school football's opening week?
Bishop McNamara at Kankakee
53% (170)
Manteno at Wilmington
29% (93)
Peotone at Reed-Custer
4% (12)
Bradley-Bourbonnais at Plainfield North
7% (22)
Another local game. Comment online.
7% (22)
Total Votes: 319
How do you feel about the economy now?
Optimistic, things will get better
25% (63)
Pessimistic, things are getting worse
75% (190)
Total Votes: 253
How do you think the Bears will do this year?
Win less then eight games
44% (24)
Win more than eight games
24% (13)
Division champs
7% (4)
Conference champs
7% (4)
Superbowl champs
17% (9)
Total Votes: 54
Do you think summers are dull in Kankakee County?
Yes
66% (139)
No
34% (71)
Total Votes: 210
A report finds that Americans are increasingly paying off their credit card debt. Are you?
I never really had a large credit card debt to begin with.
27% (142)
Yes, I'm making it a priority to pay off my credit card bills and not charge unless I have to.
32% (166)
I'm debt-free!
25% (132)
I keep trying to pay more, but something always seems to come up.
13% (70)
I lost my job, and I'm maxing out my credit cards. I feel like I have no other choice.
3% (14)
Total Votes: 524
Who will Albert Pujols play for next season?
St. Louis Cardinals: He’ll stay put.
60% (76)
Chicago Cubs: He makes the move north.
14% (18)
Chicago White Sox: Kenny Williams makes another big splash.
18% (23)
Other (tell us in the comments)
8% (10)
Total Votes: 127
What kind of weather do you prefer?
A good old-fashion heatwave
62% (57)
A major snowstorm with subzero wind chill factors
38% (35)
Total Votes: 92
Should Illinois have a sales tax holiday for back to school items?
Yes
37% (25)
No
63% (43)
Total Votes: 68
Are you worried about safety at the nuclear power plants in Illinois?
Yes
46% (167)
No
54% (193)
Total Votes: 360
What will happen with the Chicago Bears Training Camp at Olivet Nazarene University?
The labor dispute will be resolved in time for a full camp.
22% (22)
Camp will be reduced by a few days because of the unresolved labor issues.
41% (41)
Camp at Olivet will be canceled.
22% (22)
Camp and some regular seasons games will be lost to the labor strife.
15% (15)
Total Votes: 100
Would you ride in a car driven by a computer?
Yes
28% (76)
No
72% (197)
Total Votes: 273
Which do you care less about?
NBA lockout
82% (32)
NFL lockout
18% (7)
Total Votes: 39
Should the U.S. continue the war in Libya?
Yes
13% (31)
No
87% (207)
Total Votes: 238
Do you still see home ownership as an important part of the American Dream?
Yes, I hope to own my own home someday.
12% (12)
Yes, but it's a lot scarier these days with so many people in foreclosure.
15% (15)
I think the market made a necessary correction. Too many people interpreted the American Dream as buying whatever a lender said you could afford instead of deciding what you could spend. So, the dream is still alive, it's just more realistic now.
43% (44)
No, I'm renting, and I'm glad I am. I have no plans anytime soon to buy a home. It's too risky.
5% (5)
I think the dream turned into a nightmare for too many people.
26% (27)
Total Votes: 103
The White Sox took two of three from the Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field. This comig weekend, the teams meet again at Wrigley Field. How will this deries go?
Sox sweep
23% (15)
Sox win 2 of 3
35% (23)
Cubs sweep
9% (6)
Cubs win 2 of 3
17% (11)
It doesn’t matter. Both teams stink!
17% (11)
Total Votes: 66
Are the new warnings on cigarette packages too graphic?
Yes
27% (66)
No
73% (178)
Total Votes: 244
Several members of the media called Wrigley Field “a dump” this week. Do you agree?
Yup, it’s a dump. Tear it down.
42% (30)
No way, but spend big bucks to update it.
21% (15)
It’s a shrine. You don’t change those things.
19% (14)
I’m a Sox fan.
18% (13)
Total Votes: 72
is it time to replace or rebuild Wrigley Field?
Yes
36% (108)
No
64% (191)
Total Votes: 299
How do you feel about the economy now?
Optimistic
18% (53)
Pessimistic
82% (241)
Total Votes: 294
Which new Cubs or White Sox player has been the biggest disappointment so far?
Carlos Pena
11% (10)
Adam Dunn
75% (70)
Will Ohman
1% (1)
Matt Garza
11% (10)
Other (tell us in the comments)
2% (2)
Total Votes: 93
Do you favor a gambling casino for Chicago?
Yes
53% (148)
No
47% (129)
Total Votes: 277
How will the NBA Finals turn out?
Miami will sweep.
14% (5)
Close series, but Miami will win.
33% (12)
Close series, but Dallas will win.
47% (17)
Dallas will sweep.
6% (2)
Total Votes: 36
In light of rising gas prices, would you consider buying an electric car?
Yes
24% (74)
No
76% (237)
Total Votes: 311
Do you think Rahm Emanuel will do a good job as the mayor of Chicago?
Yes
41% (165)
No
26% (107)
Don't care
33% (135)
Total Votes: 407
Who will play in the NBA Finals?
A. Heat vs. Mavericks
27% (37)
B. Bulls vs. Mavericks
55% (77)
C. Heat vs. Oklahoma City
4% (6)
D. Bulls vs. Oklahoma City
14% (19)
Total Votes: 139
Should the government provide a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Yes
19% (79)
No
81% (340)
Total Votes: 419
Should the U.S. release the photos of the slain Osama bin Laden?
Yes
41% (153)
No
59% (217)
Total Votes: 370
How many times will you visit the Kankakee County Speedway this season?
Every week
10% (7)
At least once a month
7% (5)
Maybe once or twice
21% (14)
Never, not interested
62% (42)
Total Votes: 68
How did you learn the news about Osama bin Laden's death?
The Daily Journal website
7% (1)
The Daily Journal Facebook page
 
(0)
National media
57% (8)
Other
36% (5)
Total Votes: 14
Have you changed your driving habits because of the rising price of gas?
Yes
69% (99)
No
31% (45)
Total Votes: 144
Are you driving less because of rising gas prices?
Yes
81% (258)
No
19% (62)
Total Votes: 320
Which White Sox player will reach 25 home runs first this season?
Paul Konerko
52% (34)
Adam Dunn
17% (11)
Carlos Quentin
26% (17)
Someone Else
6% (4)
Total Votes: 66
Would you consider Donald Trump for President?
Yes
41% (259)
No
59% (368)
Total Votes: 627
How will the Bulls fare in their first-round series against the Indiana Pacers?
Bulls in four. Sweep!
32% (24)
Bulls in five. Pacers steal one, but take no more.
48% (36)
Bulls in six.
11% (8)
Bulls in seven. Things get too close for comfort.
1% (1)
Pacers will stun them.
8% (6)
Total Votes: 75
Which long-term approach to the budget do you favor?
President Obama’s plan to raise taxes on families making more than $250,000.
64% (324)
The Republican plan that changes Medicare to a voucher system. You receive money and pick your own plan.
36% (184)
Total Votes: 508
Will you watch the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on television in April?
No, I really don't carry about the royal family in England.
61% (102)
Yes, I can't wait to see what Kate's wearing.
24% (41)
I can't believe they're going to go all out for this wedding when the world is still feeling the effects of the recession.
15% (25)
Total Votes: 168
Whose side are you on in the NFL labor dispute?
The owners'
20% (3)
The players'
7% (1)
Neither. They all need to suck it up and play some football.
73% (11)
Total Votes: 15
With sleeping air traffic controllers and recent problems with 737s, do you feel safe when you fly?
I figure flying is still probably safer than driving, so I'll take my chances and not worry.
29% (43)
Those news stories are pretty scary, but I wouldn't let them stop me from flying.
29% (43)
I don't particularly like flying anyway, so I would avoid it now for sure.
21% (31)
I refuse to fly anyway, so those stories just validate my position.
22% (33)
Total Votes: 150
Should the ban on smoking in casinos be changed?
Yes
34% (89)
No
66% (174)
Total Votes: 263
Where will the White Sox finish in the A.L. Central?
First
48% (66)
Second
22% (30)
Third
13% (18)
Fourth
6% (8)
Fifth
12% (16)
Total Votes: 138
Which team will have the best season, and why?
White Sox
51% (164)
Cubs
33% (105)
Cardinals
16% (50)
Total Votes: 319
Should the U.S. be involved in enforcing the no-fly zone over Libya?
Yes
46% (131)
No
54% (152)
Total Votes: 283
What should the NCAA do to improve the men's basketball tournament?
Expand to 96 teams
20% (12)
Go back to 64-team format
26% (16)
Keep current 68-team format
39% (24)
Change to 72-team format
15% (9)
Total Votes: 61
Should the U.S. be invovled in enforcing the no-fly zone over Libya?
Yes
49% (52)
No
51% (54)
Total Votes: 106
Which one of the remaining NCAA No. 1 seeds will join Pitt on the sidelines this week?
Ohio St.
15% (6)
Kansas
15% (6)
Duke
70% (28)
Total Votes: 40
Given the catastrophe in Japan, what are your feelings on nuclear power now?
Close down current plants even if it rasies energy costs
12% (43)
Keep current plants open, but no new plants
29% (99)
Add more plants to bring down energy costs
59% (205)
Total Votes: 347
How many brackets for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament will you fill out this year?
Zero. College basketball is terrible.
28% (20)
One. I’m sticking to my guns.
22% (16)
Two. One for real, and one with lots of upsets.
19% (14)
More than two. If I fill out enough of them, one is bound to be good!
31% (22)
Total Votes: 72
What will be the postseason fate of the University of Illinois men's basketball team?
Miss the NCAA tournament, go to NIT
30% (16)
Lose in the first round
19% (10)
One tournament win and out
33% (18)
Make it to the Sweet Sixteen
15% (8)
Final Four baby!
4% (2)
Total Votes: 54
What will be the postseason fate of the University of Illinois men’s basketball team?
Total Votes: 0
Would you cancel the space program to save money?
Yes
50% (188)
No
50% (188)
Total Votes: 376
Should state government identify those who own guns?
Yes
20% (48)
No
80% (190)
Total Votes: 238
Which local college basketball team will have the best run through its postseason tournament?
KCC men
23% (13)
KCC women
55% (31)
Olivet Nazarene men
9% (5)
Olivet Nazarene women
13% (7)
Total Votes: 56
Should public employees, like teachers and police officers, have the right to unionize?
Yes
63% (159)
No
37% (93)
Total Votes: 252
What do you think will be the next Arab government to topple under the pressure of civilian uprisings?
Libya
62% (153)
Bahrain
9% (21)
Yemen
23% (56)
Morocco
7% (17)
Total Votes: 247
With the NASCAR season starting this weekend in Daytona, who will win the Chase for the Sprint Cup this year?
Jimmie Johnson
24% (20)
Jeff Gordon
19% (16)
Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
12% (10)
Kurt Busch
4% (3)
Carl Edwards
5% (4)
Kevin Harvick
8% (7)
Other
24% (20)
Tony Stewart
6% (5)
Total Votes: 85
Would you close some post offices to save the government money?
Yes
65% (266)
No
35% (146)
Total Votes: 412
Do you think high school students today are lazy and not held to high enough standards, as a Pennsylvania school teacher blogged?
Yes, kids today don't seem interested in learning and seem to think they're entitled to good grades without putting in the work. Good for this teacher for calling them out. She's a hero to teachers everywhere.
32% (63)
No, teenagers are the way they've always been. Some are lazy; some are motiviated. And the teacher should be fired even though she didn't name any names.
14% (27)
It all comes down to the parents. They need to demand more from their kids instead of arguing for their kids' grades. When did education stop being about learning?
55% (109)
Total Votes: 199
Should pop be taxed to help fight obesity?
Yes
21% (93)
No
79% (342)
Total Votes: 435
With pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training this week, which Chicago Major League team will have the best season?
Cubs
40% (33)
White Sox
60% (49)
Total Votes: 82
Do you think we should have a new national anthem?
Yes, the "Star Spangled Banner" is difficult to sing.
2% (2)
Sure, how about "America the Beautifu"?
3% (3)
Willie Nelson should write a new one.
3% (3)
No, we should stick to what we have. It's tradition.
91% (79)
Total Votes: 87
What move could the Bears make that would improve the team?
Extend Lovie’s contract
9% (8)
Do not extend Lovie’s contract
30% (27)
Find a way to move Cutler
36% (33)
Stand pat. They’re poised for another good year.
25% (23)
Total Votes: 91
Were you satisfied with snow removal in your neighborhood?
Yes
78% (289)
No
22% (81)
Total Votes: 370
On whose shoulders does the responsilbility for the Bears’ loss in the NFC championship game?
Jay Cutler (playing)
15% (25)
Jay Cutler (sitting)
9% (15)
Caleb Hanie
 
(0)
Mike Martz
7% (12)
No one person
38% (61)
Offensive line
6% (10)
Julius Peppers
 
(0)
Lovie Smith
22% (36)
Brian Urlacher
2% (3)
Total Votes: 162
How is the U.S. State of the Union?
Good
12% (58)
Poor
40% (186)
Needs improvement
48% (221)
Total Votes: 465
Who was the best player for the first half of the NBA season?
Derrick Rose
77% (72)
LeBron James
4% (4)
Monta Ellis
3% (3)
Kevin Durant
5% (5)
Kobe Bryant
2% (2)
Carmelo Anthony
1% (1)
Amare Stoudemire
7% (7)
Total Votes: 94
Should the national health care bill be repealed?
Yes
60% (317)
No
40% (215)
Total Votes: 532
Will KCC’s men’s and women’s basketball teams finish the regular season undefeated?
Yes, they both will
27% (12)
No, they both won’t
50% (22)
The men will, the women won’t.
7% (3)
The women will, the men won’t.
16% (7)
Total Votes: 44
Do you approve of the income tax increase?
Yes
12% (70)
No
88% (509)
Total Votes: 579
What men’s basketball team will win the Big Ten title?
Illinois
36% (39)
Michigan State
6% (7)
Minnesota
2% (2)
Ohio State
44% (48)
Purdue
7% (8)
Wisconsin
4% (4)
Total Votes: 108
What do you think of the changes in a new edition of Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn" that change the "n-word" to "slave" and the work "Injun" to "Indian?"
They should leave literature alone. The language reflects the time when Twain wrote the classic.
75% (149)
As a teacher, I felt funny reading the book with my class with the "n-word" in it, so I welcome the change.
4% (8)
This is just more political correctness, which I despise.
21% (41)
Total Votes: 198
Should Illinois outlaw capital punishment?
Yes
21% (40)
No
79% (148)
Total Votes: 188
Do you have a New Year's resolution?
Yes
25% (14)
No
75% (41)
Total Votes: 55
Which player had the biggest impact on the Bears success this season?
Lance Briggs
1% (1)
Jay Cutler
12% (16)
Matt Forte
7% (9)
Devin Hester
22% (29)
Julius Peppers
47% (62)
Brian Urlacher
11% (15)
Total Votes: 132
Do you think the economy will improve in 2011 or will it take another dive?
I have high hopes that 2011 will be a great year for the economy.
17% (76)
I don't know if we're out of the water yet.
8% (35)
We'll probably see more of the same: a little rise, some positive signs, but nothing major.
45% (198)
It'll probably get worse before it gets better.
30% (131)
Total Votes: 440
Where will the Illinois men's basketball team finish in the Big Ten standings
First
15% (12)
Second
20% (16)
Third
42% (34)
Fourth
17% (14)
Fifth or worse
6% (5)
Total Votes: 81
Do your kids do chores in exchange for allowance?
Yes
57% (47)
No
43% (35)
Total Votes: 82
Are you hopeful or pessimistic about the New Year?
Hopeful
60% (123)
Pessimistic
40% (81)
Total Votes: 204
Do you believe in Santa Claus?
Yes
72% (116)
No
28% (46)
Total Votes: 162
What sports Christmas present do you want Santa to bring you?
A Bulls NBA title
5% (4)
A Blackhawks repeat Stanley Cup
9% (7)
A Bears Super Bowl berth
43% (33)
A Cubs-Sox World Series
25% (19)
A final four trip for the Illini men
17% (13)
Total Votes: 76
Bolivia just lowered its retirement age to 57, while many other countries are raising the retirement age. What age do you think people should retire in the United States?
I like the idea of 57. Why not?
31% (136)
Keep it at 62 for people to start to receive some Social Security benefits.
37% (161)
Social Security is in trouble as it is. We should not start giving benefits until people are 65.
32% (140)
Total Votes: 437
Will Ron Santo ever be inducted into Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame?
He will be chosen for induction when he becomes eligible again in 2012.
24% (21)
He should have been inducted before his death, but will be chosen for induction in 2012.
44% (39)
He will never be chosen to join baseball’s greats in the Hall of Fame.
32% (28)
Total Votes: 88
Should the children of illegal aliens be granted citizenship if they serve in the military?
Yes
45% (187)
No
55% (226)
Total Votes: 413
Who will be the leading scorer in the area in boys’ basketball this season?
Jens Kennedy, Dwight
23% (28)
Kyle Mack, Gardner-South Wilmington
6% (7)
Justin Ruckman, Herscher
25% (30)
Austin Halcomb, Bradley-Bourbonnais
21% (26)
Danny Olson, Tri-Point
18% (22)
Ty Anderson, Wilmington
7% (8)
Total Votes: 121
What is your opinion on unemployment benefits?
Extend them. Borrow the money.
16% (59)
Extend them by cutting another program.
36% (131)
Don't extend them.
40% (146)
Extend them by raising taxes.
9% (32)
Total Votes: 368
Will you spend more or less this holiday season?
More
9% (31)
Less
62% (211)
Same
29% (97)
Total Votes: 339
If the presidential election were now and Sarah Palin were running against President Obama, who would you vote for?
Sarah Palin because she's conservative and will bring this country's spending back in line.
31% (155)
Barack Obama because Sarah Palin doesn't have what it takes to be president.
37% (183)
Neither. Hopefully someone else will join the race.
31% (155)
Total Votes: 493
Full body scans at airports:
Neccessary for safety
53% (116)
An invasion of privacy
47% (102)
Total Votes: 218
What's your view on Obamacare?
Keep it.
37% (156)
Modify it with some changes.
10% (41)
Repeal it and have a different plan.
18% (74)
Repeal it — with no new government plan.
1% (3)
Total Votes: 420
What place will the defending champion Blackhawks finish in the Central Division?
First
26% (39)
Second
34% (51)
Third
30% (45)
Fourth
4% (6)
Fifth
7% (11)
Total Votes: 152
What do you think of Conan O'Brien's new show on basic cable?
The beard is all that's new on the show. I was disappointed.
45% (25)
I love Conan, and I think it's great that he's back. He had a good lineup, and I'll continue to tune in.
29% (16)
While I'm glad Conan is back, I haven't been dazzled. Hopefully he'll find his groove.
25% (14)
Total Votes: 55
How many more times will Jay Cutler get sacked this year?
10 or fewer
3% (3)
11-20
21% (21)
21-30
23% (23)
31-40
12% (12)
41-50
9% (9)
4-5 a game until he gets injured again
31% (30)
Total Votes: 98
Do you think Democrats and Republicans will get to work to find solutions to our country's problems?
No, they'll continue to finger-point, but they'll be too afraid to do anything until the 2012 election.
34% (129)
They'll find small issues that will win bipartisan support, but I doubt any significant progress will be made in the next two years.
27% (104)
The voters have spoken, and our elected officials better step up and do something in the next two year.
39% (146)
Total Votes: 379
What's the most important election message?
The economy is not good enough.
23% (63)
Repeal Obamacare.
29% (79)
Cut spending. Balance the budget.
34% (93)
Cut taxes.
3% (9)
End the war.
5% (14)
Obama is too conservative in his approach.
5% (14)
Total Votes: 272
Will you get a flu shot this year?
Yes, I get one every year.
54% (62)
I'll probably just get shots for my children.
2% (2)
No, I am worried about side effects from the shots.
44% (51)
Total Votes: 115
Should government funds help people facing foreclosure?
Yes
34% (159)
No
66% (312)
Total Votes: 471
Which local high school football team has the best chance of bringing home a state championship?
Bishop McNamara
20% (135)
Bradley-Bourbonnais
5% (35)
Central
30% (201)
Herscher
12% (78)
Manteno
4% (24)
Momence
5% (30)
Wilmington
24% (160)
Total Votes: 663
Should a moment of silence be allowed to begin the day in public schools?
Yes
48% (337)
No
52% (367)
Total Votes: 704
Should Illinois reinstate the death penalty?
Yes
79% (301)
No
21% (82)
Total Votes: 383
Should Illinois legalize civil unions for gay couples?
Yes
38% (181)
No
62% (297)
Total Votes: 478
How many wins will the Bears end up with this season?
5 or fewer
10% (34)
6-7
20% (71)
8-9
39% (137)
10-11
24% (85)
12 or more
7% (23)
Total Votes: 350
Have you noticed more extended families moving in together because of the poor economy?
Yes, I know people who have moved in with their parents because they are unemployed, or people who have taken their parents in because they weren't able to support themselves.
64% (116)
No, I haven't known that to happen.
23% (41)
I don't know if you can blame the economy. Maybe those people would have moved in with family anyway.
13% (23)
Total Votes: 180
Where do you stand politically? And why?
Conservative
57% (94)
Liberal
15% (24)
Independent
28% (46)
Total Votes: 164
Who do you want to be the next manager of the Chicago Cubs?
Tim Ahrens
12% (27)
Joe Girardi
19% (44)
Mike Quade
9% (21)
Ryan Sandberg
43% (98)
Tony LaRussa
6% (14)
Joe Torre
3% (7)
Ozzie Guillen
8% (19)
Total Votes: 230
Will new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler be enough to save American Idol?
Yes, the show should be about the contestants and not the judges, so it will survive the loss of Simon Cowell.
7% (4)
No, the show has been losing audience, and with Cowell's loss, nothing will save it.
41% (22)
I never watched it anyway, and I'm not going to start now.
41% (22)
Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are big names who might even overshadow the contestants.
11% (6)
Total Votes: 54
Has Mayor Daley done a good job for Chicago?
Yes
71% (113)
No
29% (46)
Total Votes: 159
Do you agree with Pew Research Center's findings that "instead of replacing traditional news platforms, Americans are increasingly integrating new technologies into their news consumption habits"?
No — seems like everyone I know gets news online rather than from a paper or TV
17% (2)
No — how do you explain decreased newspaper circulation?
17% (2)
Yes — I get the paper and go online for news
50% (6)
Yes — not everyone is wired
17% (2)
Total Votes: 12
What high school football team will finish with the most regular season wins?
Bishop McNamara
24% (74)
Bradley-Bourbonnais
12% (37)
Central
13% (39)
Coal City
3% (8)
Herscher
12% (37)
Momence
9% (28)
Wilmington
27% (82)
Total Votes: 305
Give us your opinion on renewing the Bush tax breaks scheduled to expire in 2011.
No tax cuts. Raise taxes on everyone.
2% (4)
Some tax cuts. Raise taxes on couples making $250,000 or more.
44% (91)
Temporarily extend all tax cuts. A recession is the wrong time to raise taxes on anyone.
43% (88)
Make all tax cuts permanent. Don't worry about the deficit
11% (22)
Total Votes: 205
What are tea party candidates' odds in the General Election?
The tea party represents change, and all incumbents are at risk in the General Election. I think tea party candidates will do well.
57% (188)
The tea party won't do as well against Democrats because moderate Republicans and Democrats won't vote for tea party candidates.
21% (70)
Tea party candidates need to explain what they stand for, not just what they're against. If they do that, they can easily defeat Democrats.
22% (73)
Total Votes: 331
In light of Stephen Hawking's announcement, do you believe there is a God?
Yes
83% (221)
No
17% (45)
Total Votes: 266
Do you support the burning of the Quran on Sept. 11 by a Florida preacher?
Burning the Quran isn't against the law, so let him do it.
 
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The preacher has a right to burn the Quran, but I think Americans should rise above such actions.
75% (3)
Muslims think burning the Quran is the same as burning the word of God. How would Christians feel if people wanted to burn the Bible? This preacher should rethink his actions.
25% (1)
Total Votes: 4
The start to the NFL’s regular season is one week away. Which team has the best chance of winning the NFC North?
Chicago Bears
25% (47)
Detroit Lions
5% (10)
Green Bay Packers
43% (82)
Minnesota Vikings
27% (52)
Total Votes: 191
Do you plan to hit the road this Labor Day weekend?
Yes, gas prices are low enough that we'll use the three-day weekend to get out of town.
11% (4)
No, we're staying local this year.
89% (32)
Total Votes: 36
What's the most important state budget item?
Schools
25% (34)
Road repair
7% (10)
Human services
9% (12)
Police protection
6% (8)
Parks and the environment
1% (1)
Cut taxes to create jobs
53% (72)
Total Votes: 137
Do you believe this is the end of involvement of U.S. combat troops in Iraq?
Yes
14% (9)
No
86% (54)
Total Votes: 63
With new home sales at 40-year lows, do you think the economy is slipping?
No, the new monthly figures are still just low because people rushed to use the federal tax credit in April and pushed up their timeline on buying new homes.
10% (22)
The new numbers aren't great news for the economy, but I think home sales are facing a slower recovery because buying a home is a big commitment.
12% (28)
Yes, the economic recovery isn't fully complete, and it won't take much for us to slip into a recession. These housing numbers are proof of that.
78% (176)
Total Votes: 226
Which Chicago Bears receiver will finish with the most receiving yards this season?
Johnny Knox
42% (60)
Devin Hester
13% (19)
Devin Aromashodu
25% (36)
Rashied Davis
1% (2)
Juaquin Iglesias
1% (2)
Earl Bennett
3% (4)
Greg Olsen
8% (12)
Other (list below)
5% (7)
Total Votes: 142
In the future, what do you think will replace gas as fuel for your car?
Better batteries
15% (6)
A different kind of liquid fuel based on plants
20% (8)
Something not yet invented yet
65% (26)
Total Votes: 40
Have you been following the Blagojevich trial in the news?
Yes
57% (86)
No
43% (65)
Total Votes: 151
Should the U.S. government retry former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich?
Yes
54% (98)
No
38% (70)
Don't care
8% (15)
Total Votes: 183
With Week 1 of the high school football season less than two weeks away, which team has the best chance to win the Sangamon Valley Conference?
Central
34% (67)
Iroquois West
5% (10)
Momence
17% (34)
Paxton-Buckley-Loda
2% (4)
St. Joseph-Ogden
24% (48)
St. Thomas More
6% (11)
Watseka
13% (26)
Total Votes: 200
As Social Security turns 75, do you think the government retirement program will survive long enough to help you at retirement time?
Yes, it better be there. Congress will figure out some way to make it pay.
22% (16)
It will be around in some form, although I'm certainly not relying on it completely.
40% (29)
No, by the time I retire, all that money I've contributed will be down the drain.
38% (27)
Total Votes: 72
Should elected officials take a pay cut, even if they fall below the poverty line?
Yes
62% (127)
No
38% (78)
Total Votes: 205
Michael Hastings, the Rolling Stone reporter whose interview with former Gen. Stanley McChrystal led to the general's retirement, was denied last week the ability to embed with troops in Afghanistan. Do you think this was fair?
Yes — the military can choose to let reporters in or not whenever it likes
56% (14)
Yes -- there's no way the military can trust Hastings now
28% (7)
No — seems like Hastings is being blacklisted
16% (4)
No — he was allowed to be embedded, then the military changed its mind.
 
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Total Votes: 25
High school football practice officially begins Aug. 11. Which team has the best chance to win the Interstate Eight Conference’s Large division? (last year’s record in parenthesis)
Coal City (8-3)
27% (28)
Herscher (6-5)
45% (47)
Manteno (2-7)
13% (14)
Peotone (5-5)
6% (6)
Plano (6-4)
7% (7)
Sandwich (5-4)
2% (2)
Total Votes: 104
Is the oil spill really over?
Yes -- the leak has held for a couple of days, so I think it has stopped.
13% (9)
Yes -- but we still need to clean up all that oil in the water.
36% (25)
No -- I think this will fail like BP's other capping attempts.
7% (5)
No -- the well may be capped for now, but the leak could start again at any time.
44% (31)
Total Votes: 70
Should unemployment benefits last two years?
Yes
49% (139)
No
51% (147)
Total Votes: 286
As Chicago Bears training camp begins, what is the team’s most pressing issue?
Offensive line play: Can Frank Omiyale (new at right tackle), Chris Williams (in his first full season at left tackle) and teammates protect Jay Cutler?
60% (26)
Give it away: After leading the league in interceptions last year, can Jay Cutler cut his turnover total?
30% (13)
Sack ’em: The defensive secondary will perform better if the pass rush improves. Will sack artist Julius Peppers help?
2% (1)
On the sidelines: Will three former head coaches mesh with the current one?
7% (3)
Other (please list below)
 
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Total Votes: 43
Should Blagojevich have brought his two daughters to his trial?
Yes
13% (42)
No
87% (280)
Total Votes: 322
Which local sporting event(s) do you most enjoy during the summer months?
County Amateur golf tournaments
4% (4)
Youth baseball/softball
44% (48)
Kankakee River regatta
3% (3)
Chicago Bears training camp
30% (33)
Kankakee County Speedway racing
10% (11)
Other (please list below)
9% (10)
Total Votes: 109
Should "back to school" items be sales tax free?
Yes
59% (184)
No
41% (130)
Total Votes: 314
Which starting pitcher should the Chicago White Sox trade for?
Ted Lilly
14% (10)
Carlos Zambrano
34% (24)
Roy Oswalt
24% (17)
Brett Myers
7% (5)
They shouldn’t trade for a starting pitcher
19% (13)
Other (list below)
1% (1)
Total Votes: 70
Will you be going to Bears camp?
Yes
22% (57)
No
78% (200)
Total Votes: 257
Who is the biggest traitor in sports?
LeBron James, the NBA MVP who left hometown Cleveland to form a supergroup with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami.
36% (29)
Nick Saban, who, while coaching the Miami Dolphins, said, “I'm not going to be the Alabama coach.” He then became the Alabama coach.
12% (10)
NFL owner Art Modell, who moved the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore in 1996, then had to move out of the area because the criticism was so vicious.
30% (24)
Bill Self, who spurned the University of Illinois to become the basketball coach at Kansas.
21% (17)
Other (list below)
1% (1)
Total Votes: 81
Should the U.S. withdraw from Afghanistan?
Yes
64% (150)
No
36% (84)
Total Votes: 234
Do this year's Emmy nominations reflect your favorite TV shows and actors?
The list is never perfect, but this year is much better than past years.
21% (4)
No, it's basically the same actors and shows every time, while really amazing performances and shows go unrecognized.
68% (13)
There were some really glaring omissions, but otherwise it's a pretty good list.
11% (2)
Total Votes: 19
What is the most likely landing spot for NBA free agent LeBron James?
Chicago
40% (36)
Cleveland
39% (35)
New York
2% (2)
New Jersey
1% (1)
Dallas
2% (2)
Miami
12% (11)
Other (list below)
2% (2)
Total Votes: 89
Is the new minimum wage, $8.25, too low?
Yes
47% (139)
No
53% (158)
Total Votes: 297
How much do you plan to watch the rest of the World Cup?
Every game I can. Even the vuvuzelas don't bother me.
13% (7)
Only the games involving the United States. U-S-A! U-S-A!
21% (11)
Only if there's nothing else on. Wimbledon, NASCAR, baseball and Glee are far more exciting.
17% (9)
What's the World Cup?
49% (26)
Total Votes: 53
Would you favor a merger of BBCHS and its three feeder elementary districts?
Yes
68% (161)
No
32% (75)
Total Votes: 236
The District 18 11/12-year-old Little League all-star tournament begins Friday, June 25. Which team has the best chance to bring home the championship?
Aroma Park
15% (20)
Bradley-Bourbonnais American
15% (20)
Bradley-Bourbonnais National
5% (7)
Central
4% (5)
Herscher
2% (3)
Hopkins Park
6% (8)
Kankakee Jaycees
8% (10)
Limestone
23% (30)
Manteno
14% (19)
Momence
2% (3)
Sheldon/Milford
2% (3)
Watseka
4% (5)
Total Votes: 133
Should marijuana be legalized?
Yes
53% (183)
No
47% (161)
Total Votes: 344
Who should be responsible for tornado sirens working properly?
Local government
81% (231)
State government
7% (19)
The National Weather Service
8% (23)
No one
4% (12)
Total Votes: 285
Who is the hottest soccer player in the World Cup?
USA: Benny Feilhaber — He may have been born in Brazil, but we’ll take him with his gorgeous blue eyes and dark hair.
25% (11)
USA: Oguchi Onyewu — Score another point for Team USA. Onyewu looks like a super fit American football player, and he’s taller than most soccer guys at 6 feet 4 inches.
14% (6)
Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo — Dark hair, tanned skin, ripped torso. Say no more.
30% (13)
France: Yoann Gourcuff — Another one with dark hair and light eyes (green) and an adorable crooked smile.
 
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Italy: Fabio Cannavaro — The oldest of the bunch at 36, Cannavaro’s sex appeal is still going strong.
7% (3)
Germany: Michael Ballack.
11% (5)
Italy: The majority of this team of defending champions.
14% (6)
Total Votes: 44
Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was the winner of this year’s Conn Smythe Trophy, given to the MVP of the NHL playoffs. Was there another player more deserving? Who should have won the award?
Toews
21% (20)
Patrick Kane
8% (8)
Antti Niemi
47% (45)
Dustin Byfuglien
19% (18)
Patrick Sharp
1% (1)
Other
4% (4)
Total Votes: 96
How interested are you in the 2010 FIFA World Cup?
I’ll watch every match that is televised, and I’ll get updates online and/or in the newspaper.
33% (13)
I’ll watch some of the matches and at least keep up with what the U.S. team is doing.
35% (14)
I may stop on a game while channel surfing, and I’d like to know which country wins the tournament.
33% (13)
Total Votes: 40
Would you vote for someone if he/she raised your taxes?
Yes
28% (73)
No
72% (192)
Total Votes: 265
What will be the outcome of the Stanley Cup Finals?
Chicago in 4
15% (12)
Chicago in 5
43% (35)
Chicago in 6
27% (22)
Chicago in 7
7% (6)
Philadelphia wins
7% (6)
Total Votes: 81
Should we allow offshore oil drilling?
Yes
68% (159)
No
32% (76)
Total Votes: 235
Where will NBA free agent LeBron James most likely end up?
Cleveland
18% (19)
New York
16% (17)
Chicago
61% (63)
New Jersey
1% (1)
Miami
3% (3)
Other (please list below)
1% (1)
Total Votes: 104
What is your preferred solution in the education funding crisis?
Raise the income tax.
18% (57)
Raise local property tax.
4% (12)
Cut the number of school jobs.
12% (37)
Keep jobs, cut pay.
27% (86)
Eliminate all but the basics — no sports, no extracurricular activities, no "character" or "self-esteem" training.
33% (105)
Don't do anything now.
7% (23)
Total Votes: 320
Are you for or against the new high school football playoff proposal, which cuts the regular season to eight games and adds a week to the postseason while doubling the number of teams that qualify?
I'm for the proposal
19% (25)
I'm against the proposal
60% (79)
I don't care either way.
21% (28)
Total Votes: 132
Who do you blame most for the crisis in education funding?
State government
62% (240)
Local school boards
9% (36)
Teachers unions
18% (69)
Taxpayers for not paying enough
1% (3)
School administration
11% (42)
Total Votes: 390
Of the eight area teams with the best record (through May 4), which high school baseball team will advance the furthest in the postseason?
Herscher
42% (82)
Beecher
4% (7)
Wilmington
7% (14)
Manteno
8% (16)
Reed-Custer
4% (8)
Bradley-Bourbonnais
15% (29)
Peotone
7% (13)
Kankakee
12% (24)
Total Votes: 193
Do pets listen better than people?
Yes
81% (183)
No
19% (44)
Total Votes: 227
Is enforcing the laws against illegal immigration a form of discrimination?
Yes
5% (20)
No
95% (395)
Total Votes: 415
Which recent sports news has surprised you the most?
More Madness: NCAA Tournament expands from 65 to 68 men’s basketball teams
7% (4)
Un‘Z’elievable: Carlos Zambrano heads to the bullpen
45% (25)
Bad Big Ben: Ben Roethlisberger suspended by the NFL commish for six games.
23% (13)
Great Gator!: Broncos draft QB Tim Tebow with the 25th pick, ahead of Notre Dame’s Jimmy Clausen
23% (13)
Other (please list below)
2% (1)
Total Votes: 56
Should people be required to fill out Census forms?
Yes
76% (219)
No
24% (69)
Total Votes: 288
The Big Ten Conference would expand to 12 teams, which school would be the best addition?
Notre Dame
36% (41)
Syracuse
4% (5)
Pittsburgh
10% (11)
Rutgers
3% (3)
Missouri
44% (51)
Other (please list below)
3% (4)
Total Votes: 115
Would you take a pay cut to save a fellow worker's job?
Yes
52% (146)
No
48% (136)
Total Votes: 282
Which Chicago Cubs relief pitcher will finish the season with the lowest ERA?
Justin Berg
1% (1)
Esmailin Caridad
1% (1)
John Grabow
 
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Carlos Marmol
51% (34)
Sean Marshall
34% (23)
James Russell
1% (1)
Jeff Samardzija
10% (7)
Total Votes: 67
What should be done with dilapidated homes?
Demolish them — they are eyesores.
55% (151)
Wait until federal money funds the demolition program.
1% (2)
Nothing — it is the property owner's responsibility.
24% (67)
Resell them to people if they promise to fix them up.
20% (54)
Total Votes: 274
What do you think the city of Kankakee should do with the former Shoup Manufacturing property?
Commercial development
48% (76)
Restaurant/dance club
23% (36)
Residential development
9% (15)
City park
20% (32)
Total Votes: 159
The NCAA is considering expanding its men’s basketball tournament from 65 teams to 96 teams. Your thoughts?
It's a good move to expand from 65 to 96 teams. The more schools, the better.
12% (12)
I'm OK with expansion, but the tournament should only be 68 or 80 teams.
11% (11)
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Stick with 65 teams.
76% (74)
Total Votes: 97
How would you rebuild the economy? Give us your top priority.
Tax breaks for industry.
7% (25)
Tax cuts for everybody.
15% (51)
Shift to new green economy — pass cap and trade.
8% (27)
Expand government spending.
1% (3)
Reduce government spending (balance the budget).
49% (168)
More government money in education.
4% (15)
More government support for entrepreneurs and small business.
6% (22)
Refocus stimulus to create public works jobs.
10% (34)
Total Votes: 345
Considering the state’s budget crisis, should local school districts consider cutting back in its athletic departments?
Yes
35% (50)
No
65% (92)
Total Votes: 142
Should the health care bill be repealed?
Yes
42% (272)
No
58% (372)
Total Votes: 644
How many fantasy baseball leagues will you participate in this year?
4 or more — I love fantasy baseball!
6% (3)
2-3 — I’m pretty hardcore, but I can’t do more than a couple leagues.
17% (8)
1 — I can’t concentrate on more than one league at a time.
11% (5)
0 — What’s fantasy baseball?
66% (31)
Total Votes: 47
Is the "Buy Local -- Hire Local' campaign working?
Yes
20% (6)
No
80% (24)
Total Votes: 30
Should the post office cut service on Saturday to save money?
Yes
72% (258)
No
28% (101)
Total Votes: 359
The Daily Journal’s local college basketball teams — Olivet Nazarene University and Kankakee Community College — are at the end of their respective seasons. How many of their games did you attend this season?
7 or more games
3% (2)
4-6 games
1% (1)
1-3 games
11% (8)
I did not attend a game
84% (59)
Total Votes: 70
How would you solve Illinois' budget woes?
Borrow until things get better.
2% (6)
Cut services.
50% (143)
Raise taxes.
7% (19)
Compromise by some cuts and a tax increase.
26% (76)
Compromise by borrowing, cutting and raising taxes.
15% (43)
Total Votes: 287
Do you agree with Gov. Pat Quinn's proposal to raise the state income tax rate by one percent to prevent deep cuts in education funding?
Yes
25% (48)
No
75% (143)
Total Votes: 191
With the high school basketball season coming to a close, have you — or will you — attend the girls’ state tournament in Normal or the boys’ state tournament in Peoria?
Yes
26% (17)
No
74% (48)
Total Votes: 65
Should handguns be legal in Chicago?
Yes
69% (215)
No
31% (96)
Total Votes: 311
With Major League Baseball's spring training underway, which team has the best chance of winning the National League's Central Division?
Chicago Cubs
43% (71)
Cincinnati Reds
1% (1)
Houston Astros
1% (1)
Milwaukee Brewers
2% (4)
Pittsburgh Pirates
2% (4)
St. Louis Cardinals
51% (83)
Total Votes: 164
Would you free George Ryan to be by the side of his dying wife?
Yes
52% (417)
No
48% (383)
Total Votes: 800
What is your interest in this year's Olympic Winter Games?
I cannot contain my enthusiasm! I've been waiting four years for this! Wish I was in Vancouver.
10% (7)
The Olympics are pretty cool, and I know several of the athletes. I'll watch quite a few of the events, too.
29% (20)
Eh, they're all right, but I could probably do without them. I'll watch if it's already on TV and I walk into the room
49% (34)
Wait, the Olympics have started? I won't watch two seconds of them on TV.
13% (9)
Total Votes: 70
This is a test.
Yes
100% (1)
No
 
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Total Votes: 1
What’s been the most impressive local high school sports achievement of the winter sports season? (options selected by Caleb Benoit, sports editor)
Bishop McNamara winning its seventh straight girls’ basketball sectional tournament.
28% (133)
Herscher racking up a 23-1 record (as of Thursday, Feb. 18) in the boys’ basketball regular season.
26% (122)
Reed-Custer qualifying eight wrestlers for the individual state tournament.
6% (29)
Kankakee swimmer Jake Anderson owning the top local time in six of eight individual events.
37% (174)
Other (please list below)
4% (17)
Total Votes: 475
Should there be limits on what corporations and unions can spend in an election?
Yes
89% (231)
No
11% (30)
Total Votes: 261
Do you believe weather forecasts?
Yes
54% (119)
No
46% (102)
Total Votes: 221
Since Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" at the Super Bowl six years ago, which halftime performance has been the best?
Paul McCartney (Jacksonville, 2005)
20% (20)
The Rolling Stones (Detroit, 2006)
19% (19)
Prince (Miami, 2007)
21% (21)
Tom Petty (Phoenix, 2008)
17% (17)
Bruce Springsteen (Tampa, 2009)
25% (25)
Total Votes: 102
Would you use trains if they were high-speed to Chicago?
Yes
69% (231)
No
31% (106)
Total Votes: 337
Which area wrestler, ranked in the Top 5 of their respective weight class by Illinois Matmen, is most likely to bring home an individual state title?
Alex Jones, Wilmington (112)
15% (8)
Billy Chancey, Reed-Custer (125)
9% (5)
David Hanley, Coal City (130)
16% (9)
Jeremy Bailey, Wilmington (189)
60% (33)
Total Votes: 55
Should non-traditional charter schools be allowed?
Yes
52% (96)
No
48% (90)
Total Votes: 186
How do you see the State of the Union?
Better than a year ago.
9% (5)
Worst than a year ago.
73% (41)
The same as a year ago.
18% (10)
Total Votes: 56
In this year's high school boys' basketball postseason, winners of the Class 2A Watseka, Peotone, Wilmington and Hales Franciscan regionals will meet in the Central Sectional. Which suburban school poses the biggest threat to The Daily Journal's local teams?
Chicago Christian
5% (4)
Dyett
3% (2)
Englewood
1% (1)
Hales Franciscan
54% (41)
Leo
3% (2)
Richards
7% (5)
Seton Academy
22% (17)
St. Francis de Sales
5% (4)
UCCS/Woodlawn
 
(0)
Total Votes: 76
How has Obama's first year as president gone?
Our best president
9% (32)
Above expectations
8% (28)
What I expected
19% (64)
Below expectations
30% (105)
I'm voting Republican next time
34% (116)
Total Votes: 345
Whom do you blame more for the teachers' strike?
Teachers
39% (164)
Board
35% (148)
Administration
26% (109)
Total Votes: 421
What is your opinion of Illinois high school basketball's four-class system?
It's great. The move from two to four classes was exactly what Illinois basketball needed.
27% (42)
It's OK, but I really don't care either way.
11% (17)
It's terrible. Illinois should have stayed with a two-class system. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
56% (87)
Illinois should go to a one-class system, a la Indiana pre-1997-98.
4% (6)
Other (list in comments)
3% (4)
Total Votes: 156
What's your opinion on smoking in Illinois' bars and restaurants?
Keep the ban.
68% (342)
Let people smoke.
32% (164)
Total Votes: 506
Which coach/executive is on the hottest hot seat?
Lovie Smith, head coach, Chicago Bears
29% (39)
Jerry Angelo, GM, Chicago Bears
13% (18)
Vinny Del Negro, head coach, Chicago Bulls
40% (53)
Gar Forman, GM, Chicago Bulls
1% (2)
Ron Zook, head coach, University of Illinois football
16% (22)
Total Votes: 134
Will you vote in the Feb. 2 Illinois primary?
Definitely yes
60% (144)
Definitely no
21% (51)
Need more information
10% (25)
Candidates are not inspiring
9% (22)
Total Votes: 242
What has been the most disappointing part of being a Chicago sports fan in 2009?
The Chicago Cubs finishing second in the National League’s Central Division and missing the playoffs
19% (28)
The Chicago White Sox finishing third in the American League’s Central Division and missing the playoffs
6% (9)
The Chicago Bears finishing with a sub-.500 record despite trading for much-hyped quarterback Jay Cutler
68% (102)
The Chicago Bulls getting off to a disappointing start in 2009-10, sparking rumors about coach Vinny Del Negro’s impending departure
3% (5)
Other (list in comments below)
3% (5)
Total Votes: 149
Is today's society too rude?
Yes
95% (256)
No
5% (14)
Total Votes: 270
Of the area's high school girls' basketball teams with the best record, which one has the best chance of making a deep run in the Illinois High School Association postseason?
Coal City (10-2)
13% (10)
Gardner-South Wilmington (13-3)
23% (18)
Peotone (10-3)
19% (15)
Momence (8-3)
14% (11)
Dwight (7-3)
4% (3)
Other (list below in comments)
26% (20)
Total Votes: 77
Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the new year?
Optimistic
62% (102)
Pessimistic
38% (63)
Total Votes: 165
Of the area's scoring leaders (through Dec. 15), which high school boys' basketball player has been the most valuable to his respective team?
Danny Olson, Tri-Point (19.9 ppg)
21% (26)
Micah Giles, Trinity (19.0)
2% (3)
Marcel Maiden, Watseka (19.0)
16% (20)
David Clayton, Momence (18.0)
17% (21)
Ryan Swale, Trinity (17.4)
3% (4)
Chris Irvin, Gardner-South Wilmington (16.4)
5% (6)
Kyle Mack, Gardner-South Wilmington (16.2)
3% (4)
Michael Wright, Kankakee (15.6)
17% (21)
Jens Kennedy, Dwight (15.2)
7% (9)
Jake Van Duyne, Wilmington (15.0)
7% (8)
Total Votes: 122
Is Christmas ...
Too commercial
61% (70)
Too religious
29% (33)
Just right
10% (11)
Total Votes: 114
What is your favorite Christmas movie?
Miracle on 34th Street
11% (41)
It's a Wonderful Life
28% (105)
White Christmas
13% (49)
A Christmas Story
21% (81)
Christmas Vacation
21% (79)
Other (write the title in the comment section)
6% (23)
Total Votes: 378
The Chicago Bears, a team with playoff aspirations at the beginning of the season, are just 5-7 heading into this weekend's home games versus Green Bay. What's been the most disappointing part of the Bears' season?
Quarterback Jay Cutler's interceptions in the red zone
43% (42)
The play of left tackle Orlando Pace, who was signed as a free agent in the offseason
14% (14)
Matt Forte's performance after an impressive rookie season in 2008
10% (10)
The Bears' defense (pick a position)
19% (18)
Other (please list in comments)
13% (13)
Total Votes: 97
Do you support President Obama's plan to send more troops to Afghanistan?
Yes
37% (138)
No
63% (234)
Total Votes: 372
Of the eight schools in the SouthWest Suburban Conference's Red division, which high school boys' basketball team has the best chance of winning this year's conference title?
Bradley-Bourbonnais
25% (26)
Andrew
4% (4)
Lincoln-Way North
9% (9)
Lincoln-Way West
6% (6)
Stagg
2% (2)
Thornridge
12% (12)
Thornton
37% (38)
Thornwood
7% (7)
Total Votes: 104
Give us your opinion on the Tiger Woods scandal
It's none of the public's business
48% (199)
If you're rich and famous, you have to expect it
16% (65)
Once he apologizes, it's over
3% (13)
No tolerance for spouses who cheat
19% (78)
The media should focus on positive examples
5% (19)
I am less likely to believe him endorsing anything
9% (39)
Total Votes: 413