Politics

Election 2014
4:07 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Rematch In Illinois' 14th Congressional District

Matt Streb, chair of NIU's political science department

For the second time, Dennis Anderson won the Democratic primary in the 14th U.S. House district. That means he's in a rematch this November with incumbent Randy Hultgren, who defeated Anderson in 2012. The district covers McHenry County and reaches into the DeKalb County city of Sycamore.

Northern Illinois University political scientist, Matt Streb, says Anderson again faces an uphill battle:

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Election 2014
10:30 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Caruana, Springer Win Winnebago Sheriff Bids

Gary Caruana (R) and Bob Springer (D) will face off this fall in the race for Winnebago County Sheriff.
Credit candidate photos

A field of seven Winnebago County Sheriff candidates was narrowed to two last night.  

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Election 2014
9:31 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Cross Wins GOP Treasurer Primary

Tom Cross

Former Illinois House Minority Leader Tom Cross of Oswego has been declared the winner of the Republican primary race for state Treasurer. He defeated DuPage County Auditor Bob Grogan.

Cross resigned his legislative seat in the fall to seek the post held by defeated Republican gubernatorial hopeful Dan Rutherford. Cross has said that, if elected, he will sue the General Assembly and governor if they don't create a balance budget.

Cross will face Democratic State Sen. Mike Frerichs, of Champaign, in the fall election. Frerichs was unopposed in the primary.

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Election 2014
9:23 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Rauner Holds On In GOP; Quinn Wins Big

Bruce Rauner

Republican venture capitalist Bruce Rauner posted a strong lead Tuesday early in the primary race to face incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn in the fall general election.

But as the night wore on, State Sen. Kirk Dillard rebounded from a 9-point deficit to a margin of only 3 percentage points behind.

Labor organizations had backed Dillard for a period, but they pulled their overt support recently.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, State Sen. Bill Brady and outgoing State Treasurer Dan Rutherford were very far behind and had conceded the election.

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Election 2014
9:14 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Area Referenda Garner Mixed Results

A variety of referenda appeared on ballots in northern Illinois in addition to contests between candidates for county, state and federal offices.

Here is a county-by-county breakdown of those propositions with reported results:

McHenry County

McHenry County election results are at https://www.co.mchenry.il.us/county-government/departments-a-i/county-clerk/elections.

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Election 2014
9:03 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Kinzinger Retains Ballot Spot

Adam Kinzinger

16th District Congressman Adam Kinzinger easily secured the Republican nomination in his re-election bid. The incumbent defeated Tea Party activist David Hale by a difference of more than 55-percentage points.

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Anthony vs. Severson
5:36 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Two 75th District Republicans Tout Experience In Primary Race

Republicans Ron Severson and John Anthony are seeking their party's nomination in next week's primary election.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Next week, Republican voters in the 75th Illinois House District will choose the person they want to represent them in the general election this fall. The choice comes down to the man who has attracted positive national attention during his half-year in office and a long-time county government leader. 

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Election 2014
4:29 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Four-Way Fight For The 50th House District

Republican primary candidates in the 50th Illinois House District, clock-wise, from upper left: Julie Cosimo, Beth Goncher, Bill Keck, and Keith Wheeler.
Credit Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Republican State Representative Kay Hatcher announced last fall she wouldn’t run for the 50th district seat she has held since 2009. It didn’t take long for four Republicans and a Democrat to come forward and announce their intentions to replace her. We continue our primary election previews with a look at the candidates in the district that covers portions of southern Kane and northern Kendall counties. 

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Election 2014
6:45 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Roundup Of Primaries In 14th, 8th And 18th Congress Districts

Matt Streb, chair of NIU's political science department

Click the link above to hear Matt Streb discuss the Democrats competing in the 14th and 18th Congressional Districts, and the Republicans seeking the nomination in the 8th District.

In the interview, Streb also explains why it's important for underfunded and even unpolished candidates to compete for the right to challenge well-funded and experienced incumbents.

Be sure to join us next Tuesday, March 18, for election night coverage. Streb will join Dan Klefstad live in the studio to discuss results as they come in. Special coverage begins at 7:00, after the polls close.

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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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