President Obama is holding on to a lead over Mitt Romney in Illinois. A new Tribune Company survey puts the president ahead by nearly 20-percentage points. Obama leads in Chicago and the suburbs but Romney is ahead downstate, where voters aren't impressed with Obama's efforts at fixing the economy.
Twenty eight percent of the people polled say they're better off now than they were four years ago but the same amount say they're not. Independent voters are still split on their decision between the two. Obama claimed 62-percent of the vote in Illinois when he won the presidency in November 2008.