DeKalb County, IL – Its been less than a year since Republican Bob Pritchard was appointed to take over for state Representative Dave Wirsing, who died in office last Fall. Now Pritchard faces his first general election race for the 70th district House seat: he's being challenged by Democrat Bob Brown.
DeKalb, IL – DeKalb County States Attorney Ron Matekaitis is the only democrat elected to a county-wide office in DeKalb County. He faces Republican challenger Clay Campbell in a contentious race to retain his seat.
Peru, IL – The state political parties are pouring money into the State Senate race in the 38th District. Democrat Pat Welch of Peru is seeking his eighth term. He's being challenged by Republican Gary Dahl of Granville.
The 38th District includes LaSalle, Kankakee, and Grundy counties. Its one of a handful of Democrat-held Senate seats being targeted by the state G.O.P. WNIJs Susan Stephens spoke with the two candidates and has this report.
Chicago, IL – This election season has been peppered with religious references from the question of Jesus' voting habits in Illinois' U-S senatorial race to Catholic bishops denying a presidential candidate the Eucharist.
WNIJ's Simone Orendain spoke with a playwright who just directed a one-act play that tackles a hot-button religion issue.
DeKalb, IL – WNIJ's Dan Klefstad interviews Pam Weisman, the Executive Director of Safe Passage. Safe Passage assists victims of domestic violence in DeKalb County.
Weisman says the new federal rule could threaten her clients' lives because a central database makes it easier for batterers to locate their victims. Weisman says Safe Passage may forgo federal funding in order to protect its clients.
Rockford, IL – It's less than a month until the election. This is usually the time we see a bump in campaign yard signs. But in this presidential election Kerry-Edwards signs are in short supply in Illinois.
Rockford, IL – The Rockford Symphony Orchestra presents "An Evening With Sir James Galway and Lady Jeanne Galway" for its 70th Anniversary Gala Concert this week in the Coronado Theatre. WNIJ's Guy Stephens talked with James Galway, and has this report.
Hinckley, IL – This year's Senate race in Illinois has attracted a good deal of national attention. Democrat Barack Obama was praised for his speech at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. Republican Alan Keyes was recruited from Maryland after the original Republican nominee, Jack Ryan, quit the race. Keyes has wasted no time in getting some headlines of his own.
But when you go to the polls in November, you'll find two other names on your ballot: Albert Franzen and Jerry Kohn. Kohn is the Libertarian Party candidate.
Oak Lawn, IL – There are four names on the ballot for U.S. Senate in Illinois. The two major party candidates are well-known and yesterday, we learned about the independent. Today we'll meet the Libertarian on the ballot, Jerry Kohn.