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Hillary Clinton Wins Illinois Vote For President

By Heather Cherone | November 8, 2016 7:02pm | Updated on November 8, 2016 9:26pm
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CHICAGO — Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton won her native state of Illinois, based on unofficial results Tuesday night.

Both CNN and NBC declared Clinton the victor in Illinois, where she has led by double digits throughout the campaign, based on exit polls.

Without about 75 percent of the state's precincts counted, Clinton had about 60 percent of the vote. In Chicago, with 1,557 of the 2,069 precincts counted, Clinton had 83 percent of the vote.

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Clinton was born in Edgewater and grew up in Park Ridge, just outside the city limits. After she and her husband left the White House, they moved to Chappaqua, N.Y., about an hour outside the Big Apple.

The lasting legacy of the 2016 campaign for the White House in Chicago may be the time the city spent at the center of the spotlight created by the presidential election.

Chicago was held up by Donald Trump as the embodiment of all that is wrong with urban America — a "war-torn country" rife with voter fraud and consumed with violence and poverty.

"It is terrible there," Trump said in the first presidential debate.

Beginning in the Republican primary election, Trump singled out Chicago for criticism, decrying the number of people shot in Chicago during Obama's presidency.

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There have been about 4,000 murders and about 3,000 shootings in Chicago since Barack Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009.

Clinton, who noted that crime rates are still at all-time lows despite the surge in violence, supports what she calls "common sense" gun regulations and an increase in spending to retrain police officers to reduce what she called "implicit bias."

Trump repeatedly criticized the city and its gun control laws, but activists have said he doesn't care about Chicago, and a rally for him was canceled in mid-March as protesters spoke out against him. Several times, Trump has called for stop-and-frisk to be used to reduce violent crime in Chicago.

However, a state law that requires officers to have reasonable suspicion before pulling someone over, and the Police Department's ACLU-approved policy calls for officers to document nearly all investigative stops, which are then to be reviewed by an outside agency.

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But that new policy was blamed for a huge drop in street stops, depressing morale and contributing to a surge of violence that claimed 78 lives in October alone, a 278 percent increase from last year.

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