Election 2014

7:47 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Streb: Durbin Acting Like Senate Race A Challenge

U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (D)
Credit www.dickdurbin.com

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.

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Election 2014
6:49 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Rauner Campaign Claims No Wrongdoing In Chicago Sun-Times Reporter Allegations

Credit Flickr user Quinn Dombrowski / "The first available newspaper in days" (CC v 2.0)

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.

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Election 2014
5:25 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Illinois Statehouse Races: Much At Stake

Chris Mooney directs the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois. He says the main issue that should face the next General Assembly is the budget.

Chicago Tribune: General Assembly Candidate Questionnaires

Mike Jacobs is a Democrat who was appointed to the Senate in 2005. Challenger Neil Anderson is a Quad-Cities area firefighter who supports term limits.

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Election 2014
5:16 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

State Election Officials Test Ballot Systems

State elections officials are running tests in advance of the election.

Director of Illinois' Elections Board, Rupert Borgsmiller, says trial runs of ballot-counting at ten jurisdictions statewide should be finished this week.

Borgsmiller says mistakes can undercut confidence in the elections system.

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Election 2014
3:06 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Oberweis Would Back Federal Same Sex Marriage Law

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, State Sen. Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 11:50 am

The Republican nominee for U.S. Senate has switched his stance on same-sex marriage.

Only a few Republican members of the General Assembly voted for Illinois' law that has, since June, allowed two men or two women to marry one another.

State Sen. Jim Oberweis wasn't one of them. He voted no.

But the Sugar Grove Republican, now a candidate for the U.S. Senate, says he would go along with a federal law permitting same sex marriage.

Here's how he answered a question about it Wednesday's debate.

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Election 2014
6:43 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Durbin, Oberweis Squared Off On Ebola, Jobs, Taxes In Wednesday's Debate

Credit durbin.senate.gov / senatoroberweis.com

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Republican challenger Jim Oberweis sparred Wednesday over who has the best plan to create jobs and improve the lives of Illinois residents.

Durbin says he wants to provide company tax incentives and affordable health care. Oberweis says he knows how to create jobs.

Durbin raised a question about Oberweis's residency. At issue is the fact that the Sugar Grove Republican's wife has a home in Florida.

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Election 2014
5:26 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Quinn, Rauner To Debate For Second Time

Republican candidate Bruce Rauner (left) and Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn (right).
Credit twitter.com/BruceRauner; twitter.com/QuinnforIL

Illinois' gubernatorial candidates will debate for the second time tonight in Chicago.

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Election 2014
4:22 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

After Debate, Rauner Racks Up Major Endorsements

Credit twitter.com/BruceRauner

Businessman and Illinois Republican gubernatorial challenger Bruce Rauner received major newspaper endorsements following Thursday's debate.

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WNIJ News Special
5:53 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

The Illinois Gubernatorial Debate

Join us here at WNIJ when we bring you a live debate with Illinois gubernatorial candidates Pat Quinn (D) and Bruce Rauner (R) on Thursday night at 8pm.

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10:39 am
Mon October 6, 2014

The Drinkers Have Spoken; Will The Candidates Listen?

A pint of IPA at the Prairie Street Brewhouse, Rockford
Dan Libman

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. 

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