Should Polling Places Remain Politics-Free? Justices Incredulous At Both Sides

Updated 1:13 p.m. ET Every state has a law creating campaign-free buffer zones outside of polling places — laws the Supreme Court has long upheld. On Wednesday, the justices tackled similar and even stricter laws that bar "political" apparel inside polling places. The court did not indicate which way it was leaning in questioning Wednesday. Lawyers on both sides of the arguments were pressed hard. Justice Anthony Kennedy, perhaps the court's most vociferous advocate for free speech, kept...

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DeKalb, IL – Two DeKalb couty Republicans seek their party's nomination for State Representative in next week's primary. The 70th district includes all of DeKalb County, and parts of Ogle and LaSalle counties. Incumbent Bob Pritchard has held the job since last December. He was appointed to fill out the remainder of the term for the late State Representative David Wirsing. Now, Pritchard is being challenged by fellow Republican Joe Wiegand. Chris Lehman has this profile.

DeKalb, IL – The field of 15 candidates running for one of Illinois' U-S senate seats narrows down to two once this primary wraps up. You've seen the debates and lots of advertising. And with recent allegations of drug use and domestic problems... you thought you knew everything there was to know about them. But we dug a little deeper and asked them to share something about themselves that few people know. Simone Orendain has their responses.

DeKalb, IL – Polls show that voters in Illinois and nation-wide have one thing ontheir minds: jobs. It's no surprise that each candidate in the race for U.S. Senate has a plan to attract jobs to the state.

DeKalb, IL – The eight Republicans and seven Democrats running for U.S. Senate are trying to convince Illinois voters that they deserve to move on to the November election. We continue our look at the Democrats: WNIJ's Susan Stephens reports on the issues at the top of each candidate's list of priorities.

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DeKalb, IL – Illinois voters have just over a week left to decide who to vote for in the March 16th Primary. Last week we introduced you to the eight Republicans seeking their party's nomination for the U-S Senate. This week, we'll meet the seven Democrats seeking the office. Today, WNIJ's Chris Lehman asks each of the candidates why they've decided to seek the office.

DeKalb, IL – All this week, the Republicans running for one of Illinois' U.S. Senate seat shared their priorities and ideas about jobs, the war in Iraq, and national security. In our final installment of where the G.O.P. candidates stand, WNIJ's Simone Orendain covers the controversial issues.


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