Politics

Election 2014
2:04 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Rauner Wins, Governor Quinn Won't Concede

Republicans are in control of the governor's mansion in Illinois for the first time since 2003. But Democrat Pat Quinn isn't prepared to throw in the towel just yet. 

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Election 2014
8:06 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Rauner Aims For Bipartisanship In Illinois Government

Credit www.twitter.com/brucerauner

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.

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Election 2014
7:42 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Illinois Treasurer Candidates Tied In Race

Credit State of Illinois

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.”

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Election 2014
7:33 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Durbin Re-Elected, Says Republican Senate Could Help Obama

Credit durbin.senate.gov / senatoroberweis.com

Republicans are poised to take control of the U.S. Senate. Democratic Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, who won re-election Tuesday, says a change in party control could actually aid President Obama.

Durbin was among the few bright spot in an otherwise gloomy day for Democrats in the U.S. Senate. He won his fourth term by defeating Republican Jim Oberweis.

But Durbin’s fellow Democrats in other states didn’t fare as well. The GOP won more than enough seats to gain control of the Senate.

Durbin says that could force Republicans to work better with the President.

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Election 2014
4:59 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Democrat Bill Foster Holds On To Seat In Congresss

Congressman Bill Foster basks in his victory Tuesday night.
Credit Guy Stephens / WNIJ

Democrat Bill Foster got a solid win in yesterday’s election to keep his seat in Illinois’ 11th Congressional District.

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Politics
6:49 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Answers About The Questions At The Top Of The Ballot

Illinois' statewide ballot asks voters to answer five questions: a pair of constitutional amendments, and then a trio of non-binding referendums.

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).

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Election 2014
5:43 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Governor's Race Is A Nailbiter

Credit Wikipedia | www.twitter.com/brucerauner

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.

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Election 2014
2:13 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Illinois Voters To Choose Constitutional Officers

Retired University of Illinois at Springfield Political Science professor Kent Redfield.
Credit UIS

There's more on your ballot than the races for Illinois Governor and U.S. Senate. Voters will choose their constitutional officers -- Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller, and Treasurer. 


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Updated with identity of recorder
10:56 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Late Release Of Recording Makes Waves In IL-17

Heidi Schultz

UPDATE, 10/30/14

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. 

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Election 2014
5:09 am
Tue October 28, 2014

VP Biden Headlines Rockford Vote Rally For Democrats

Cheri Bustos, Dick Durbin, Pat Quinn, and VP Biden are the focus of cheers and a lot of cell phone pics at Monday's voters' rally.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Illinois Democrats got some high-powered help during a campaign rally Monday in Rockford. 

                                                               

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