Bronzeville voters backed a referendum (with 87 percent voting ‘yes’) calling for affordable housing on city-owned vacant lots; Uptown voters backed referenda calling for devoting 40 percent of the city’s TIF funds to affordable housing, and requiring local hiring, living wage and guarantees of the right to organize from recipients of TIF subsidies, Chi-Town Daily News  reports. In Hyde Park, residents of one precinct blocked the University of Chicago’s hotel development plans  by voting the precinct dry by a narrow margin.
In Oak Park, Berwyn and Riverside, voters supported by a 2-to-1 margin a referendum to phase out nuclear power in Illinois, replacing it with wind and solar power, according to the Nuclear Energy Information Service .
The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights  and the Asian-American Institute  reported on exit polls showing overwhelming support for Barack Obama’s candidacy by Latinos (by an estimated 90 percent statewide) and Asian-Americans (81 percent in seven precincts in Chinatown and Bridgeport). ICIRR and member organizations registered and mobilized thousands of voters in the region; the Chinese-American Service League mobilized 3,000 voters, including 1.600 new voters, according to AAI.
New American Media  reports that nationally the Latino vote increased by one third over 2004, and went 2-to-1 for Obama. Nearly 1.5 million Latinos became citizens in the past two years. Together with African-Americans, Latino voters “decided the destiny of our country,” said Clarissa Martinez de Castro of the National Council of La Raza.