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3:04 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Illinois could take a 94-billion dollar hit under one plan to reform health care

Congressman Aaron Schock speaks out against the Affordable Care Act during a stop in Rockford Friday, April 13th.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

The debate over health care is picking up steam as we move closer to the fall election. A report by a health care advocacy group says over the next decade, Illinois could lose 94-billion dollars in federal funding for Medicaid, Medicare, and premium tax credits under the most recent Republican budget proposal.

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Politics
11:37 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Voter Turnout for Illinois Primary

 

Illinois election officials say it appears voter turnout was weak for Tuesday's primary. 

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Politics
2:29 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Romney Wins Illinois

 

Front-runner Mitt Romney called the Illinois primary an ``extraordinary victory.''

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Politics
10:30 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

16th District candidates acknowledge results

Adam Kinzinger and family at Starved Rock Lodge on election night
Guy Stephens

... followed by a  list of area primary winners plus links to more

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It's All Politics
5:54 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Illinois Primary: Live Blog And Results

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann Romney, celebrate his victory in the Illinois GOP primary at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Ill.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:56 am

With a decisive victory in Illinois, Mitt Romney is firmly in the driver's seat of the Republican presidential nomination contest.

In a victory speech in Schaumburg, Ill., the former Massachusetts governor thanked his Republican opponents, but very quickly pivoted to the general election against President Obama.

"It's time to say this word," said Romney. "Enough. We've had enough... We need a president who believes in us."

This Romney speech even sounded different. With Romney restating the big ideals of his campaign, it sounded like an acceptance speech.

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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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