There are seven Senate seats and 19 House seats from the WNIJ listening area on the ballot in the fall elections. There also are countless posts at the county level with only one candidate.

Three of the Senate races and eleven House races have only one candidate. That's 14 of 28 legislative seats in the WNIJ area where there is no opportunity to make a choice on the November ballot. In many cases, the lone candidate is the only person who has been on the ballot from the beginning.

You can find out more about each candidate by clicking on his or her name below.

Flickr user / docentjoyce "Bobcat - Lynx rufus" (CC BY 2.0)

Some people who want to reduce the number of bobcats killed in Illinois have applied for hunting permits in Illinois with no intention of using them.


The Chicago Tribune reports 34-year-old Lauren Umek, an ecologist from Chicago, says she is the only person in her group of 30 or so like-minded friends and relatives who obtained a permit.

Umek says hunting plays an important role in conservation but that she didn't see detailed, scientifically based research showing the need for hunting the wild carnivore.


The first question on Illinois ballots in November's election isn't for president or senator, but on a proposed constitutional amendment prohibiting diversion of public money targeted for transportation projects to other state budget needs.

Despite widespread bipartisan support, some opponents have surfaced, including social service groups who argue it's unfair to protect transportation over other issues.

The proposal seeks to prevent money generated through tolls and other transportation-related sources from being spent elsewhere.

Illinois US Senator Mark Kirk says he knows how the Republican Party can be successful after this year’s presidential campaign that’s divided the party.


Kirk has called on his party’s nominee, Donald Trump, to drop out of the race.

Appearing on WBEZ’s Morning Shift, Kirk was asked about the future of the GOP after this election.

Kirk says Republicans should talk about financial issues, and he compared Illinois’ state government to Puerto Rico and Greece, which have also been struggling financially.


Unemployment rates dropped last month in every Wisconsin county and all 32 of the state's largest cities. The state's Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday on preliminary local unemployment rates for September. It shows unemployment rates fell compared with August in all 72 counties and the largest cities.