All about Obama: Tom Kacich's quiz

All about Obama: Tom Kacich's quiz

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With the former president due in town Friday, we asked our longtime political writer to put everyone to the test.

1. When Barack Obama first ran for president in 2008 and got 61.8 percent of the vote in Illinois, how many of the 10 counties in East Central Illinois supported him?

a. 10
b. One
c. Five
d. Three

2. Obama didn't do as well in Illinois in 2012, getting 57.3 percent of the statewide vote over Mitt Romney. How many of the 10 East Central Illinois counties supported him that year?

a. 10
b. One
c. Five
d. Three

3. Who did U.S. Sen. Barack Obama campaign for in a stop in Danville in 2006?

a. Mayor Scott Eisenhauer
b. Joe Parnarauskis
c. Lori DeYoung
d. Mike Frerichs

4. Who was the former Republican state senator who got into trouble in 2008 for cutting a commercial that said, "Senator Obama worked on some of the deepest issues we had, and he was successful in a bipartisan way. Republican legislators respected Senator Obama. His negotiation skills and an ability to understand both sides would serve the country very well."

a. Rick Winkel
b. Judy Myers
c. Kirk Dillard
d. Bill Brady

5. Obama is getting an ethics-in-government award from the University of Illinois. Yet what program, long considered unethical in Illinois, did the former state senator take part in?

a. The "member initiatives" pork-barrel program
b. General Assembly scholarships
c. Selling his U.S. Senate seat
d. Playing poker on the Senate floor

6. When Obama hoped to become the Democratic nominee for president in 2008, which trio of Democrats from the 15th Congressional District (which then included Champaign-Urbana and Danville) was pledged to support him at the party convention in Denver?

a. Scott Bennett, Carol Ammons and Lori DeYoung
b. Mike Frerichs, Gina Jackson and Scott Kair
c. Mike Frerichs, Laurel Prussing and Gerri Kirchner
d. Carol Ammons, Don Gerard and Julia Rietz


7. What was the award that went to both Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson of Urbana and Democrat Obama?

a. Most valuable player in the Illinois General Assembly pickup basketball league
b. Most valuable player in the annual General Assembly softball game
c. Illinois Community Action Association award
d. National Rifle Association award

8. What is Obama's favorite professional baseball team?

a. Chicago White Sox
b. New York Yankees
c. St. Louis Cardinals
d. Chicago Cubs

9. Which Illinoisan was listed in 2014 as among Obama's favorite golf partners?

a. Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan
b. Former Illinois Department of Public Health Director Eric Whitaker
c. University of Illinois golf coach Mike Small
d. Loren Tate

10. Why was Obama in Urbana in January 2004?

a. For an Illinois-Northwestern basketball game
b. To speak at the Champaign County Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
c. For a "listening session" with University of Illinois law students
d. For a fundraiser for congressional candidate David Gill


1. d, Three counties: Champaign, Vermilion and Coles. Obama got 57.57 percent of the vote in Champaign County to 40.13 for the late Sen. John McCain.

2. b, One: Champaign County. He got 52 percent of the Champaign County vote in 2012. He got 41.2 percent in Vermilion and 43.4 percent in Coles that year.

3. d, Frerichs: Obama was booked to speak in Danville on behalf of Frerichs, then a candidate for state Senate. In the intervening 12 years, both Obama and Frerichs have gone on to better things: Obama as president, Frerichs as state treasurer.

4. c, Dillard, a Hinsdale Republican who now is chairman of the Chicago-area Regional Transportation Authority.

5. b, General Assembly scholarships. He used the legislative perk to send constituents to Southern Illinois University, Chicago State University and the University of Illinois.

6. b, Frerichs, Jackson and Kair.

7. c, Illinois Community Action Association award. Obama got it in 2004, Johnson in 2005.

8. a, White Sox.

9. b, Whitaker, who reportedly had played 31 rounds with Obama.

10. b, Obama spoke at the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at the old Holiday Inn in Urbana.