Politics

Election Coverage
4:25 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

It's Primary Election Day in Illinois!

Today is primary election day in Illinois.  In addition to selecting candidates to represent their parties, Illinois citizens are voting on a variety of county and municipal referenda.  WNIJ will bring you election results after the polls close this evening, starting at 7pm.  WNIJ's Dan Klefstad will host our coverage.  He'll be joined in the studio by NIU Political Scientist Matt Streb, on-hand to analyze today's results.  We'll also have field reports from WNIJ's Susan Stephens and Guy Stephens

Politics
5:06 am
Tue March 20, 2012

No Contest(s)

A number of candidates are running unopposed in their party’s primary.  In some cases, there is no one running in the other party’s primary, either. That could mean that, for some candidates, the fall election will be a mere formality.  

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Politics
5:29 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Workers Protest Budget Cuts on "Day of Action"

Thousands of caregivers, child protection workers, and police officers represented by the AFSCME will hold a statewide “Day of Action” Thursday. The events will demonstrate opposition to Governor Pat Quinn’s budget cuts.  Employees of the Singer Mental Health Center will hold a protest Thursday afternoon at Rockford's Zeke Giorgi Center. The Singer facility is targeted for closure.

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Politics
12:00 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Incumbent Congressmen battle in IL-16

The new 16th Congressional District includes parts of Rockford, Dekalb, LaSalle and areas south of Chicago.  It's been represented since 1993 by Rockford-area Republican Don Manzullo.  His opponent is fellow Republican representative Adam Kinzinger.  In a recent interview with WNIJ, Kinzinger touted his accomplishments during his short time in Washington.  "I've been in Congress for 13 months.  We've changed the conversation since we've been there, myself and the freshman class, from how much more we're going to spend, how much we're going to cut and how we're going to pay for things."

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Politics
6:32 am
Wed March 14, 2012

GOP primary for Illinois' 33rd Senate District

This Republican race in Chicago's northwest suburbs pits experience against a grass-roots campaign.

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Politics
2:07 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Illinois Senate race in the 34th district: Democrats Lewandowski, Stadelman, and Wilson

There’s a three-way race among Democrats in the 34th State Senate District.

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Politics
6:50 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Illinois Primary Battle in 35th Senate District

Two incumbents square off in this hotly contested race.

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Politics
2:30 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

WNIJ 2012 Primary Coverage

Politics
6:00 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Illinois House race in the 68th district: Democrats Little and Wasco. Story plus full interviews.

This is the second in our series of profiles of candidates running for the state legislature in northern Illinois.

WNIJ’s Jenna Dooley spoke with candidates Clint Little and Carl Wasco.

First audio clip is the summary story that aired 3/9/12 on WNIJ.

Second is the full interview with Little.

Third is the full interview with Wasco.

Politics
3:47 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Illinois House race in the 67th district: Democrats Jefferson and Lind. Story plus full interviews.

This is the first in our series of profiles of candidates running for the state legislature in northern Illinois. We start with the Democrats running for state representative in the 67th district, which covers much of Rockford. 

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