This election, WNIJ is focusing on U.S. House races, the contest for Governor, and the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Dick Durbin. This is Durbin's fourth campaign for the office. The Democrat won each race easily, but Durbin's behavior suggests the race is closer with state Senator Jim Oberweis.
Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner is distancing himself from the resignation of longtime Chicago Sun-Times Springfield reporter Dave McKinney. McKinney quit Wednesday, blaming the Rauner campaign for "intimidation and interference" in his reporting.
Rauner says his campaign didn't cause McKinney to quit. The Springfield bureau chief resigned Wednesday after he says the paper tried to push him out of his political beat.
It's almost closing time for our `Politics on Tap' series. Throughout the summer, author Dan Libman interviewed voters in their neighborhood bars, asking about their political concerns ahead of the election. After a beer or two they opened up about Obamacare, the economy and redistricting. Now, with `last call' looming -- at the bars and the polls -- Dan asked the regulars what issues they want the candidates to address. Read the peoples' opinions in Dan's essay below.