Republicans in Illinois have something to be excited about Wednesday. Bruce Rauner has won the governor’s mansion--the first time a Republican has accomplished that in more than a decade.
But Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn isn’t ready yet to concede the election to Rauner.
For more than a year, Illinois voters have been absolutely bombarded with talk of just how bad things are in the state. From financial chaos to mismanagement to uncertainty over billions in unpaid retirement bills--those lines were repeated over and over.
Champaign Democrat Mike Frerichs says it may be a week before voters know who won the contest for Illinois treasurer. Frerichs and Republican Tom Cross both ended the day with about 48 per cent of the vote.
Frerichs told supporters on Tuesday night that he’s waiting for every last ballot to be counted.
“We find ourselves locked in a very close race. A race that’s very unlikely to be decided this evening. There are a lot of provisional ballots out there, there are mail-in ballots out there. So, we are not done. We have not given up yet.”
Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 12:20 pm
Illinois voters on Tuesday won't just have the chance to decide on who'll be their next governor or state representative. They'll be asked if Illinois should change its constitution. And to weigh in on a trio of non-binding questions legislators could use to guide decisions down the line.
It's one thing to pass a law. Politicians do that all the time; Illinois passed 500 last year alone.
But constitutional amendments are different. They're relatively rare, and harder to get through (and once changes are made, they're difficult to undo).
Democrat Pat Quinn is among nearly a dozen governors at risk of losing their jobs this election. Reasons vary from state to state, but Quinn continues to be dogged by persistent unemployment, low credit ratings, and the worst-funded pension system in the nation. His Republican opponent, Bruce Rauner, began attacking Quinn on these issues before the March primary.
The man behind the recording that sparked the resignation of Congresswoman Cheri Bustos' top staffer has been identified. He's Austin Quick, a seminary student who worked for Bustos' opponent Bobby Schilling during his 2010 campaign. Quick is also a Northern Illinois University graduate who served as a Student Association Senator. He had a hand in several Republican candidates' campaigns, including State Representative Tom Demmer and U.S. Senator Mark Kirk.