Political news

Rick Guzman conceded to Richard Irvin Friday in the Aurora mayoral race.    

Irvin declared victory late Tuesday night when unofficial totals from the polls put him 170 votes ahead of Rick Guzman. But Guzman said in an email Wednesday morning the race was too close to call. He said an unknown number of outstanding vote-by-mail, grace-period, overseas military and provisional ballots have yet to be counted. That left the possibility that the apparent result of the April 4 election could be reversed.


Tammy Duckworth is glad to be back working for the entire population of Illinois.

She has just completed her first three months as a U.S. Senator, following her defeat of Republican incumbent Mark Kirk last November.

Duckworth spent three years as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs before moving to Washington D.C. as Assistant Secretary for Veterans Affairs under President Obama. She returned to Illinois in late 2011 and won the Illinois 8th District U.S. House seat the following year.

House Approves $817M Stop-Gap Budget Plan

Apr 6, 2017
Jenna Dooley

The Illinois House wants to tap incoming but unallocated revenue to relieve struggling universities and human services. 

The House voted 64-45 Thursday to authorize spending $817 million that is sitting in special funds during a two-yearlong budget holdup.

Chicago Democratic Rep. Greg Harris is the sponsor. He says the measure would release $559 million to higher education and $258 million to human services whose funding is not ordered by court rulings.

Compiled below – county by county – are links to the unofficial results from the Consolidated General Election, To access links to the vote totals, as provided by the appropriate election officials, click on the county (or election office) name.

 Boone County

The countywide referendum to increase the existing Public Safety Sales Tax by one half percent – or 5 cents on a $10 purchase -- for public safety purposes was defeated by more than 11 percentage points.

Katie Finlon / WNIJ

If you’d like to prepare for your votes in the Illinois Consolidated Election next Tuesday, April 4, WNIJ News offers these links to help you be informed about the races and the issues.

Compiled below – county by county – are links that will allow you to view the sample ballots that may affect you. Click on the county or election office name to access the ballots. A summary of ballot issues in the counties also is provided.

Boone County