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9:31 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Cross Wins GOP Treasurer Primary

Tom Cross

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.

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.

Cross will face Democratic State Sen. Mike Frerichs, of Champaign, in the fall election. Frerichs was unopposed in the primary.

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Election 2014
9:23 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Rauner Holds On In GOP; Quinn Wins Big

Bruce Rauner

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.

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.

Labor organizations had backed Dillard for a period, but they pulled their overt support recently.

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.

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Election 2014
9:14 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Area Referenda Garner Mixed Results

A variety of referenda appeared on ballots in northern Illinois in addition to contests between candidates for county, state and federal offices.

Here is a county-by-county breakdown of those propositions with reported results:

McHenry County

McHenry County election results are at https://www.co.mchenry.il.us/county-government/departments-a-i/county-clerk/elections.

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Election 2014
9:03 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Kinzinger Retains Ballot Spot

Adam Kinzinger

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.

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Election 2014
8:54 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Oberweis Wins GOP Senate Primary

Jim Oberweis

State senator and dairy magnate Jim Oberweis says he's ready for a tough race against powerful Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.

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International
4:04 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Masked Soldiers In Crimea Kill Ukrainian Serviceman, Wound Another

Armed men, believed to be Russians, stand guard near the Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoye outside Simferopol, on Monday.
Credit David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters/Landov

A Ukrainian serviceman reportedly was shot and killed and another wounded by masked assailants who stormed a base in Crimea's main city of Simferopol, hours after Russia announced it would annex the Black Sea peninsula.

Ukrainian military spokesman Vladislav Seleznyov tells Reuters by telephone from Crimea that it was unclear who the attackers were. He described them as "unknown forces, fully equipped and their faces covered."

Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk was quick to denounce the violence, blaming Russian forces for a "war crime."

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Election 2014
6:50 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Illinois Now Lets 17-Year-Olds Vote

A new group of voters is taking part in Illinois' primary election. A recently adopted law aims to get teens more involved with the voting process.

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Election 2014
4:19 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Primary Election Turnout Expected To Be Low

Credit Illinois State Board of Elections

Hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans will participate in the primary elections today.  That's just a small fraction of Illinois' registered voters.                

State election officials say, before a primary, there's usually an uptick in phone calls and complaints.

Jim Tenuto is with the Illinois State Board of Elections. He says that hasn't happened this time around.

Questions on Election Day? Visit the State Board of Elections Website

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Proposed Constitutional Amendment
12:55 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Can New Maps Clean Up Illinois Politics?

Credit Yes For Independent Maps / independentmaps.org

A non-partisan group looking to overhaul the future of politics in Illinois is picking up the pace of its campaign.  “Yes for Independent Maps” is coordinating an effort to amend the Illinois constitution: it would take the power of drawing state legislative boundaries away from lawmakers and put it in the hands of an independent panel.  

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Transportation
5:58 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Recalls Issued For Honda and Fiat

Vehicles from Honda and Fiat are being recalled.  Honda is recalling 2005 to 2010 Odyssey minivans prone to fuel leaks.

CNN: Honda Odyssey Recall Ties 900,000 Minivans To Fire Risk

Chrysler is recalling 2014 Fiat 500L cars because the transmission shifter can stop working.

Chicago Tribune: Chrysler Recalls 2014 Fiat 500L

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