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Brian Mackey

  Illinois Republicans rallied in Springfield yesterday, but it was obvious one man is the driving force behind their party.  Governor Bruce Rauner. 

For the Republican Party faithful, what was once an annual duty to be endured has been transformed into an occasion for celebration. State Rep. Jim Durkin, the House minority leader, describes the pleasure of a state fair rally when it’s his party in the governor’s office.

U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Two big names in Wisconsin politics easily beat their rivals in yesterday’s primary election. 

Tuesday is Partisan Primary Day in Wisconsin, where the field of candidates for public office will be narrowed to one per political party for the November general election.

County, state and federal candidates are on the ballot.

What may be the most publicized race involves U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan of Janesville, who faces a challenge from fellow Republican Paul Nehlen of Williams Bay. Two Democrats – Ryan Solen of Mt. Pleasant and Tom  Breu of Janesville -- are seeking their party’s nomination. Libertarian Jason Lebeck of Janesville is unopposed.

Sorting truth from lies during any election can be a daunting task. But some educators see this election cycle as an important teachable moment.

Louise Basile chairs the social studies department at Boylan High School in Rockford.  “Students need to be taught to be critical thinkers about all experiences in life,” she says, “so they make informed choices and understand the consequences of them.”

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Editor's note: NPR will also be fact-checking Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's planned economic speech this Thursday. Danielle Kurtzleben, Arnie Seipel, Peter Overby, Will Huntsberry and Jonquilyn Hill also contributed to this story.

Donald Trump is coming off a week of disastrous headlines and cratering poll numbers. His major economic speech on Monday at the Detroit Economic Club, a vision described by his campaign as "Winning the Global Competition," was a chance to turn the page.

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