Election 2014

Election 2014
7:07 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Illinois Treasurer Race Still Close; Cross Takes Lead

Credit State of Illinois

Republican Tom Cross' lead widened ever so slightly Tuesday in the Illinois Treasurer race. Democrat Mike Frerichs is down by one-one-thousandth of a percentage point.

The Cross campaign alleges some voters in Cook County cast more than one provisional ballot before Election Day. Cross' campaign manager, Kevin Artl, says their office found repeated voters from data provided by the County Clerk.

"We look forward to working with them, making sure that each person only gets one vote."

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7:17 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Disability Advocates Divided Over Rauner Administration Implications

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In an area of Southern Illinois near St. Louis,  the biggest issue in this year’s governor’s race was the fate of a state-run facility for people with developmental disabilities.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn wanted to close the place—called the Murray Developmental Center. Republican challenger Bruce Rauner vowed to keep it open.

A Rauner spokesman says the governor-elect will keep that promise. But advocates for closing Murray say they aren’t concerned.

"Well you know, there are other institutions."

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Politics
6:34 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Rauner Holds Back Ideas On Property Tax Freeze

Credit WUIS

When he was a candidate, Bruce Rauner promised that if elected, he would freeze property taxes. Now that he's won the race for governor, he's holding off on details about how.

It was a campaign promise that struck a chord.

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Politics
7:19 am
Fri November 7, 2014

DeKalb County Clerk Researches On-Demand Ballot Printing System

Credit Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

DeKalb County Clerk Doug Johnson said it’s time to work on fulfilling the promises he made.

The Sycamore Republican won his first elected four-year term as clerk on Tuesday. The Daily Chronicle reports Johnson is researching a ballot on-demand system that prints individual ballots at the polling place.

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Election 2014
7:09 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Illinois Democrats Keep Veto-Proof Majority

Credit State of Illinois

Illinois democrats are confident they maintained their veto-proof majority in the state House.

The party won a vast majority of races in Tuesday's election viewed as crucial to Speaker Michael Madigan retaining control.

Senate Democrats maintained their veto proof majority after losing only one seat.

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Election 2014
6:47 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Voter Turnout Increased For Illinois Counties

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Most counties in Illinois had about a 50 percent voter turnout during this election period. They include Winnebago, DeKalb, Boone and LaSalle.

Stephenson and McHenry counties are still awaiting results on voter turnout.

A combined 1,572,550 people from the counties listed above cast ballots on Election Day.

Margie Mullins, Winnebago County Clerk, was pleased with the number of people who voted on Tuesday.

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Election 2014
4:07 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Quinn Concedes Governor's Race

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Governor Pat Quinn conceded his campaign for re-election to Republican Bruce Rauner.

Rauner defeated the Democratic incumbent by five percentage points, declaring victory last night. Quinn said he wanted to make sure all the votes were counted. He says that happened Wednesday.

“But it’s clear that we do not have enough votes to win the election. Therefore we respect the result. We respect what the voters did yesterday," Quinn said.

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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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Election 2014
8:06 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Rauner Aims For Bipartisanship In Illinois Government

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Republicans in Illinois have something to be excited about Wednesday. Bruce Rauner has won the governor’s mansion--the first time a Republican has accomplished that in more than a decade.

But Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn isn’t ready yet to concede the election to Rauner.

For more than a year, Illinois voters have been absolutely bombarded with talk of  just how bad things are in the state. From financial chaos to mismanagement to uncertainty over billions in unpaid retirement bills--those lines were repeated over and over.

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Election 2014
7:42 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Illinois Treasurer Candidates Tied In Race

Credit State of Illinois

Champaign Democrat Mike Frerichs says it may be a week before voters know who won the contest for Illinois treasurer. Frerichs and Republican Tom Cross both ended the day with about 48 per cent of the vote.

Frerichs told supporters on Tuesday night that he’s waiting for every last ballot to be counted.

“We find ourselves locked in a very close race.  A race that’s very unlikely to be decided this evening.  There are a lot of provisional ballots out there, there are mail-in ballots out there.  So, we are not done.  We have not given up yet.”

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