Politics http://northernpublicradio.org en Rematch In Illinois' 14th Congressional District http://northernpublicradio.org/post/rematch-illinois-14th-congressional-district <p>For the second time, Dennis Anderson won the Democratic primary in the 14th U.S. House district. That means he's in a rematch this November with incumbent Randy Hultgren, who defeated Anderson in 2012. The <a href="http://ballotpedia.org/Illinois%27_14th_Congressional_District" target="_blank">district</a> covers McHenry County and reaches into the DeKalb County city of Sycamore.</p><p></p><p>Northern Illinois University political scientist, <a href="http://www.niu.edu/polisci/faculty/profiles/streb1.shtml" target="_blank">Matt Streb</a>, says Anderson again faces an uphill battle:</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:07:45 +0000 Dan Klefstad 44723 at http://northernpublicradio.org Rematch In Illinois' 14th Congressional District Caruana, Springer Win Winnebago Sheriff Bids http://northernpublicradio.org/post/caruana-springer-win-winnebago-sheriff-bids <p>A field of seven Winnebago County Sheriff candidates was narrowed to two last night. &nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 03:30:15 +0000 Susan Stephens & WNIJ 44686 at http://northernpublicradio.org Caruana, Springer Win Winnebago Sheriff Bids Cross Wins GOP Treasurer Primary http://northernpublicradio.org/post/cross-wins-gop-treasurer-primary <p>Former Illinois House Minority Leader Tom Cross of Oswego has been declared the winner of the Republican primary race for state Treasurer. He defeated DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan.</p><p></p><p>Cross resigned his legislative seat in the fall to seek the post held by defeated Republican gubernatorial hopeful Dan Rutherford. Cross has said that, if elected, he will sue the General Assembly and governor if they don't create a balance budget.</p><p>Cross will face Democratic State Sen. Mike Frerichs, of Champaign, in the fall election. Frerichs was unopposed in the primary.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 02:31:26 +0000 WNIJ 44685 at http://northernpublicradio.org Cross Wins GOP Treasurer Primary Rauner Holds On In GOP; Quinn Wins Big http://northernpublicradio.org/post/rauner-holds-gop-quinn-wins-big <p>Republican venture capitalist Bruce Rauner posted a strong lead Tuesday early in the primary race to face incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn in the fall general election.</p><p>But as the night wore on, State Sen. Kirk Dillard rebounded from a 9-point deficit to a margin of only 3 percentage points behind.</p><p>Labor organizations had backed Dillard for a period, but they pulled their overt support recently.</p><p>With 99 percent of precincts reporting, State Sen. Bill Brady and outgoing State Treasurer Dan Rutherford were very far behind and had conceded the election.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 02:23:25 +0000 WNIJ 44681 at http://northernpublicradio.org Rauner Holds On In GOP; Quinn Wins Big Area Referenda Garner Mixed Results http://northernpublicradio.org/post/area-referenda-garner-mixed-results <p>A variety of referenda appeared on ballots in northern Illinois in addition to contests between candidates for county, state and federal offices.</p><p></p><p>Here is a county-by-county breakdown of those propositions with reported results:</p><p><strong>McHenry County</strong><br /><br />McHenry County election results are at <a href="https://www.co.mchenry.il.us/county-government/departments-a-i/county-clerk/elections">https://www.co.mchenry.il.us/county-government/departments-a-i/county-clerk/elections.</a></p><p></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 02:14:29 +0000 WNIJ 44684 at http://northernpublicradio.org Area Referenda Garner Mixed Results Kinzinger Retains Ballot Spot http://northernpublicradio.org/post/kinzinger-retains-ballot-spot <p></p><p></p><p>16th District Congressman Adam Kinzinger easily secured the Republican nomination in his re-election bid. The incumbent defeated Tea Party activist David Hale by a difference of more than 55-percentage points. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 02:03:34 +0000 WNIJ 44683 at http://northernpublicradio.org Kinzinger Retains Ballot Spot Two 75th District Republicans Tout Experience In Primary Race http://northernpublicradio.org/post/two-75th-district-republicans-tout-experience-primary-race <p>Next week, Republican voters in the 75<sup>th</sup> Illinois House District will choose the person they want to represent them in the general election this fall. The choice comes down to the man who has attracted positive national attention during his half-year in office and a long-time county government leader.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:36:28 +0000 Susan Stephens 44389 at http://northernpublicradio.org Two 75th District Republicans Tout Experience In Primary Race Four-Way Fight For The 50th House District http://northernpublicradio.org/post/four-way-fight-50th-house-district <p>Republican State Representative Kay Hatcher announced last fall she wouldn’t run for the 50<sup>th</sup> district seat she has held since 2009. It didn’t take long for four Republicans and a Democrat to come forward and announce their intentions to replace her. We continue our primary election previews with a look at the candidates in the district that covers portions of southern Kane and northern Kendall counties.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 09:29:16 +0000 Susan Stephens 44332 at http://northernpublicradio.org Four-Way Fight For The 50th House District Roundup Of Primaries In 14th, 8th And 18th Congress Districts http://northernpublicradio.org/post/roundup-primaries-14th-8th-and-18th-congress-districts <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Click the link above to hear Matt Streb discuss the Democrats competing in the 14th and 18th Congressional Districts, and the Republicans seeking the nomination in the 8th District.</p><p>In the interview, Streb also explains why it's important for underfunded and even unpolished candidates to compete for the right to challenge well-funded and experienced incumbents.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:45:26 +0000 Dan Klefstad 44235 at http://northernpublicradio.org Roundup Of Primaries In 14th, 8th And 18th Congress Districts Onetime Tea Party Favorite Battles Founder of Rockford Party http://northernpublicradio.org/post/onetime-tea-party-favorite-battles-founder-rockford-party <p></p><p>In 2010, political newcomer Adam Kinzinger defeated an incumbent Congresswoman, Debbie Halvorson, in the 11th Congressional District. Halvorson, a conservative Democrat, had high marks from the National Rifle Association. Kinzinger had the nascent Tea Party on his side.</p><p>What a difference four years makes.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 15:45:45 +0000 Dan Klefstad 44123 at http://northernpublicradio.org Onetime Tea Party Favorite Battles Founder of Rockford Party