11/08/2006 01:01 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Champaign-Urbana Votes to Withdraw from Iraq and Impeach Bush-Cheney; Other Illinois Cities Vote to Withdraw from Iraq

Final results from the Champaign County Clerk's office, 100% of precincts reporting:

Withdraw US Troops and Bases from Iraq
("orderly and rapid"):
Yes No
9888 7104
58% 42%

Yes No
5729 3029
65% 35%

Yes No
15618 10134
61% 39%

Impeach Bush/Cheney for War, Torture, Illegal Surveillance:
Yes No
7877 9140
46% 54%

Yes No
5171 3614
59% 41%

13049 12755
50.6% 49.4%

In many Republican precincts in Champaign - as judged by the vote in the Secretary of State's race - the majority voted in favor of withdrawal from Iraq. In 32 of Champaign's 38 precincts and in 22 of Urbana's 23 precincts a majority voted in favor of withdrawal.

As we were tallying the votes at the County building, Republican Rep. Tim Johnson gave a press conference on his victory in the Congressional election. He acknowledged that the US position in Iraq was a "quagmire" and that Americans would not tolerate the status quo for another two years.

In the spring the Urbana City Council passed a resolution in favor of withdrawal. At the time, peace activists claimed that the council was reflecting majority sentiment in Urbana. This completes the argument.

Other Illinois cities voted to withdraw from Iraq:

DeKalb-yes 58%
Geneva-Yes 52%
Aurora-Yes 58%
Riverside-Yes 62%
Downers Grove-Yes 55%
Whiteside 58%
Springfield 59%
Berwyn 70%
Oak Park 75%

-Robert Naiman, Just Foreign Policy

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