"Atypical"? I'm from Illinois, dear. I know the state's politics quite well. And I am not the only one noticing these trends. See also: http://paulsimoninstitute.org/images/PDF/fall2012/illinois-obama-leads-romney-quinn-approval.pdf A drop of nearly half among Illinois voters. The reference to Romney winning Illinois was tongue-in-cheek. The larger issue is what is happening with voter demographics across the state.