2014 election

Election 2014
1:39 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Rauner Thanks Rockford During Statewide Tour

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner, being interviewed by reporters at Giovanni's in Rockford.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner stopped in Rockford Friday during his statewide "thank you" tour. 

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Election 2014
2:04 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Rauner Wins, Governor Quinn Won't Concede

Republicans are in control of the governor's mansion in Illinois for the first time since 2003. But Democrat Pat Quinn isn't prepared to throw in the towel just yet. 

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Politics
4:57 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Familiar Jabs, Talking Points In First Quinn/Rauner Debate

Gov. Pat Quinn, left, and Bruce Rauner at Thursday's gubernatorial debate in Peoria.

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 4:37 am

The two leading candidates for Illinois governor met Thursday night in Peoria for the first debate of the election season. Both men stuck closely to the ideas they’ve been honing for months on the campaign trail.

Democratic Governor Pat Quinn and his Republican challenger, Bruce Rauner, are running carefully scripted campaigns.

Quinn has a populist message: That he’s a friend of the working man, always looking out for the little guy.

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Wisconsin
5:40 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Wisconsin Officials Seek $461,000 For Voter ID Media Campaign

Credit http://bringit.wisconsin.gov/

Wisconsin's state elections board asked for nearly $461,000 to pay for a statewide media campaign raising awareness on voter ID requirements.

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Wisconsin
5:31 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Update: Reinstated Wisconsin Voter ID Law Causing Headaches For Election Officials

Credit Ryan Pumroy / WNIJ

Wisconsin voters who received, or plan to use, an absentee ballot will need to show photo ID for their ballot to be counted.

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Politics
5:47 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Quinn, Rauner Agree To 3 Debates

Credit facebook.com/GovernorQuinn & facebook.com/BruceRauner

The Illinois candidates for governor have agreed to three debates, all of which will take place in October.

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Election 2014
10:45 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Onetime Tea Party Favorite Battles Founder of Rockford Party

Incumbent Adam Kinzinger (L) and challenger David Hale.

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.

What a difference four years makes.

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Election 2014
6:44 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Streb: Uphill Battle for GOP Senate Nominee

Republican U.S. Senate Candidates Doug Truax, left, and Jim Oberweis
Credit Campaign websites

Whoever wins the Republican primary for U.S. Senate will have an uphill battle this fall, according to Matt Streb. The political scientist at Northern Illinois University says incumbent Democrat Dick Durbin has $5 million in the bank and is "very popular" in the state.

Durbin is unopposed in the March 18 primary. The men who would replace him are Jim Oberweis, a state Senator, and West Point graduate Doug Truax.

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Election 2014
6:43 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Streb: Quinn Will Win Easily Primary Day

Matt Streb chairs NIU's political science department

Six months ago, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's re-election campaign was in trouble. Attorney General Lisa Madigan was weighing a primary challenge and declared challenger Bill Daley blasted Quinn for failing to solve the state's pension problem.

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Petition Challenges Upheld
6:54 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

State Kicks 22 More Off Primary Ballot

The Illinois State Board of Elections ended the primary run for 22 candidates in the March election.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Four Republicans running for governor already have received a fair amount of publicity.

There was a fifth hopeful … and he is among 22 candidates removed Thursday from the March primary ballot by the State Board of Elections.

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