News

    Romney Wins Illinois Republican Primary


    Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney won a key victory over former senator Rick Santorum in the Illinois Republican Primary Tuesday. The Midwest state was the latest contest for Republican presidential candidates in their campaign to challenge President Barack Obama in the November general election.  people in the hometown of former President Ronald Reagan, a Republican icon, headed to the polls with the economy foremost on their minds.

    Romney claimed a decisive victory over his Republican rival Rick Santorum in Illinois, the adopted home state of President Barack Obama.

    “We deserve a president who believes in us, and I believe in America,” said Romney.

    But another president’s legacy looms large over Republican voters in Illinois. In Dixon, Ronald Reagan’s hometown, the 40th president was also someone who believed in them.

    “He casts a big shadow through here,” said pharmacist Everette Brooks and his wife Carla run a flower shop in Dixon. He fondly reflects on Reagan’s visits to his hometown.

    “The spirit that Ronald Reagan gave us lives on, in a lot of hearts of most of us," he said. "The only ones that it does not seem to have been [in] is the people in Washington.”

    Former U.S. senator Santorum tried to channel Ronald Reagan’s spirit in a speech to supporters on the eve of the election.

    “Do not be those people that Reagan talked about, who would have to tell their children, and childrens’ children, what it was like to live in an America where men were free,” said Santorum.

    It was not enough to help Santorum gain Brooks’ vote.  He supported Romney, hoping his background in business can help solve some of the problems Brooks and his wife face.

    “Our business does a lot of deliveries.  The price of gasoline is really hurting, and Mr. Obama does not seem to care about that,” he said.

    Carla Brooks says high gas prices are only the latest economic hurdle for their small business.

    “You see the changes," she said. "People are not buying flowers as much as they used to.  They are being more conservative with their money.  We notice it.”

    “Wall Street is on their way to recovery, but main street is not," said  Ann Lewis is a board member at the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home in Dixon. She attributes the slowdown at Brooks’ flower shop to the local unemployment rate.

    “Right at the end of December when they had the last economic figures, we had 9.8-percent unemployment in Dixon, so jobs, jobs, jobs,” she said.

    Many voters in Illinois say they backed Romney because he seems to have the best credentials for creating jobs and helping the economy.

    But regardless of who the eventual nominee is, Carla Brooks is focused on the November general election.

    “I just want us to beat Barack Obama,” she said.

    This forum has been closed.
    Comments
         
    There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Turkish Kurd Islamist Rally Stokes Tensionsi
    X
    April 29, 2016 12:28 AM
    In a sign of the rising power of Islamists in Turkey, more than 100,000 people recently gathered in Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast, to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. The gathering highlighted tensions with the pro-secular Kurdish nationalist movement. Dorian Jones reports from Diyarbakir.
    Video

    Video Turkish Kurd Islamist Rally Stokes Tensions

    In a sign of the rising power of Islamists in Turkey, more than 100,000 people recently gathered in Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast, to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. The gathering highlighted tensions with the pro-secular Kurdish nationalist movement. Dorian Jones reports from Diyarbakir.
    Video

    Video Pakistani School Helps Slum Kids

    Master Mohammad Ayub runs a makeshift school in a public park in Islamabad. Thousands of poor children have benefited from his services over the years, but, as VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem reports, roughly 25 million school-age youths don't get an education in Pakistan.
    Video

    Video Florida’s Weeki Wachee ‘Mermaids’ Make a Splash

    Since 1947, ‘mermaids’ have fascinated tourists at central Florida’s Weeki Wachee Springs State Park with their fluid movements and synchronized ballet. Performing underwater has its challenges, including cold temperatures and a steady current, as VOA’s Lin Yang and Joseph Mok report.
    Video

    Video Somali, African Union Forces Face Resurgent Al-Shabab

    The Islamic State terror group claimed its first attack in Somalia earlier this week, though the claim has not been verified by forces on the ground. Meanwhile, al-Shabab militants have stepped up their attacks as Somalia prepares for elections later this year. Henry Ridgwell reports there are growing frustrations among Somalia’s Western backers over the country’s slow progress in forming its own armed forces to establish security after 25 years of chaos.
    Video

    Video Bangladesh Targeted Killings Spark Wave of Fear

    People in Bangladesh’s capital are expressing deep concern over the brutal attacks that have killed secular blogger, and most recently a gay rights activist and an employee of the U.S. embassy. Xulhaz Mannan, an embassy protocol officer and the editor of the country’s only gay and transgender magazine Roopban; and his friend Mehboob Rabbi Tanoy, a gay rights activist, were hacked to death by five attackers in Mannan’s Dhaka home earlier this month.
    Video

    Video Documentary Tells Tale of Chernobyl Returnees

    Ukraine this week is marking the 30th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear accident, at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Soviet officials at first said little about the accident, but later evacuated a 2,600-square-kilometer "exclusion zone." Some people, though, came back. American directors Holly Morris and Anne Bogart created a documentary about this faithful and brave community. VOA's Tetiana Kharchenko reports from New York on "The Babushkas of Chernobyl." Carol Pearson narrates.
    Video

    Video Nigerians Feel Bite of Buhari Economic Policy

    Despite the global drop in the price of oil, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to allow the country's currency to devalue, leading to a shortage of foreign exchange. Chris Stein reports from Lagos businessmen and consumers are feeling the impact as the country deals with a severe fuel shortage.
    Video

    Video  Return to the Wild

    There’s a growing trend in the United States to let old or underused golf courses revert back to nature. But as Erika Celeste reports from one parcel in Grafton, Ohio, converting 39 hectares of land back to green space is a lot more complicated than just not mowing the fairway.
    Video

    Video West Urges Unity in Libya as Migrant Numbers Soar

    The Italian government says a NATO-led mission aimed at stemming the flow of migrants from Libya to Europe could be up and running by July. There are concerns that the number of migrants could soar as the route through Greece and the Balkans remains blocked. Western powers say the political chaos in Libya is being exploited by people smugglers — and they are pressuring rival groups to come together under the new unity government. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
    Video

    Video Russia’s TV Rain Swims Against Tide in Sea of Kremlin Propaganda

    Russia’s media freedoms have been gradually eroded under President Vladimir Putin as his government has increased state ownership, influence, and restrictions on critical reporting. Television, where most Russians get their news, has been the main target and is now almost completely state controlled. But in the Russian capital, TV Rain stands out as an island in a sea of Kremlin propaganda.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora