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Freeport residents voted in favor of changing the city’s form of government from one run by a full-time mayor and city council to one with a city manager running city operations as chief executive.

The measure calling for the change won with 53 percent in favor vs. 47 percent against.  The measure had been backed by a number of businesses and the local chamber of Commerce.  They argued a city the size of Freeport needed a full-time professional running day-to-day operations, and said it would free up the mayor and council to concentrate more on strategic planning.

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Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth wins the Illinois Senate race, AP projects. She defeats GOP Sen. Mark Kirk, who made a series of gaffes in a race where he was already at a significant disadvantage, given the heavy Democratic tilt of the state.

It’s an important -- but hardly unexpected -- pick-up for Democrats and gives them their first net Senate seat of the night. Democrats need to flip five Senate seats -- or four if Clinton wins the White House -- and this gets them part of the way there. It topped our list of likely Democratic Senate pick-ups all year.

Two Democratic incumbents in the Illinois House are falling behind their Republican challengers in Tuesday's voting.

In the 71st District, two-term incumbent Democrat Mike Smiddy is trailing well behind challenger Republican Tony McCombie, the mayor of Savanna and a real-estate professional.

With 97 of 106 precincts reporting, the results are:
Tony McCombie (R), 28,921
Mike Smiddy (D), 17,345

GOP Sweeps All Four Area State Senate Races

Nov 8, 2016

Four seats in the Illinois Senate are being contested in the WNIJ listening area.

In District 25, incumbent Republican Jim Oberweis has again defeated Democrat Connie Pierog, who lost to him by a wide margin in 2012.

Pierog is a business consultant who has served more than seven years on the St. Charles School Board. Oberweis is the owner of Oberweis Dairy and various other businesses.

With all 154 precincts reporting, the count stands at:
Jim Oberweis (R), 53,111
Connie Pierog (D), 43,250

The Illinois U.S. House 6th District race features Republican incumbent Peter Roskam and Democratic challenger Amanda Howland.

With 13% of precincts reporting, the count stands at:

Peter Roskam (R), 35,580 (59% -- called winner)

Amanda Howland (D), 24,236 (41%)

Republican Pete DiCianni and Democrat Raja Krishnamurthi are vying for incumbent Tammy Duckworth’s Illinois U.S. House 8th District seat. Duckworth is running for U.S. Senate.

With 35% of precincts reporting, the count stands at:

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