Politics

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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Election 2014
10:42 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Sheriff's Contests Abound On Primary Ballots

The March 18 primary election in northern Illinois includes several contests for the office of county sheriff. The number of hopefuls varies significantly, with a high of seven candidates in Winnebago County, where incumbent Democrat Richard Meyers will not be running for re-election.

Democratic candidates are:

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Election 2014
6:44 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Streb: Uphill Battle for GOP Senate Nominee

Republican U.S. Senate Candidates Doug Truax, left, and Jim Oberweis
Credit Campaign websites

Whoever wins the Republican primary for U.S. Senate will have an uphill battle this fall, according to Matt Streb. The political scientist at Northern Illinois University says incumbent Democrat Dick Durbin has $5 million in the bank and is "very popular" in the state.

Durbin is unopposed in the March 18 primary. The men who would replace him are Jim Oberweis, a state Senator, and West Point graduate Doug Truax.

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Election 2014
6:43 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Streb: Quinn Will Win Easily Primary Day

Matt Streb chairs NIU's political science department

Six months ago, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's re-election campaign was in trouble. Attorney General Lisa Madigan was weighing a primary challenge and declared challenger Bill Daley blasted Quinn for failing to solve the state's pension problem.

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YWCA Leader Luncheon Speaker
4:09 am
Fri February 21, 2014

NY Times News Chief On Diminishing Press Freedom

New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson
Credit Fred R. Conrad / AFP/Getty Images

It’s getting more difficult for journalists to do their jobs under the Obama administration: that’s according to New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson. And it doesn’t set a very good example for governments at every level. 

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To March 2015
5:12 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

House Votes To Extend Debt Limit

The House of Representatives has voted to extend the federal debt limit, after the Republican majority abandoned its hopes to tie other provisions to the measure. By a 221-201 vote, the House voted to extend the debt limit to March 15, 2015.

Update at 5:35 p.m. ET: Ryan Reportedly Voted 'No'

In the end, 28 Republicans joined with 193 Democrats to approve the move.

On Twitter, several congressional reporters quickly noted that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was one of many Republicans who voted against the legislation.

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Politics
4:25 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Watch Illinois Republican Primary Candidates Debate (Recorded)

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Watch the debate between the Republican candidates for Governor of Illinois if you missed it Thursday evening or if you'd like to view it again. 

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