Illinois Primary

  Some of the primary races in early March were the most expensive in state history.  $10 million went to just two races for the legislature.  Governor Bruce Rauner or his campaign fund shoveled much of the money into those record-spending primaries. That led to calls for more transparency.  Rauner won't say if that's something he supports.

"I'm sure a lot of people have different ideas about campaign finance and campaign finance reform. That's all lovely. That's a great topic for another day. That’s not something I'm going to talk about today," he says.  

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The divide between Republicans about who their presidential nominee should be is playing out in harsh tones ahead of the Illinois primary.

Dan Duffy is a state senator from Chicago’s northwest suburbs. He’s an Illinois delegate for Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

Duffy says he’s tried to get Donald Trump supporters in Illinois to switch to his candidate.

The deadline has passed for candidates to file petitions to run for state and federal offices in the March 15 Illinois primary election, and there will be comparatively little action in northern Illinois.

Voter Turnout for Illinois Primary

Mar 21, 2012

 

Illinois election officials say it appears voter turnout was weak for Tuesday's primary. 

 

Front-runner Mitt Romney called the Illinois primary an ``extraordinary victory.''

Illinois Primary: Live Blog And Results

Mar 20, 2012

With a decisive victory in Illinois, Mitt Romney is firmly in the driver's seat of the Republican presidential nomination contest.

In a victory speech in Schaumburg, Ill., the former Massachusetts governor thanked his Republican opponents, but very quickly pivoted to the general election against President Obama.

"It's time to say this word," said Romney. "Enough. We've had enough... We need a president who believes in us."

This Romney speech even sounded different. With Romney restating the big ideals of his campaign, it sounded like an acceptance speech.