Illinois Election 2012

This is the place for stories about races for the U.S. House and the Illinois Senate and House from districts in the WNIJ listening area.

As we have done in the past, WNIJ News staffers interviewed both candidates for Congress in the following districts:

All candidates were asked to answer the following questions:

Economy What do you see as the correct approach to handling the federal budget and deficit?

Jobs What kinds of jobs would you like to see created in your district?
What role should the federal government play in creating those jobs?

Labor-management relations What is your position on right-to-work laws?
What should the relationship be between governments and their employee unions

Domestic energy What course should the United States take on domestic energy?

Social agenda How should the federal government deal with abortion rights?
What role should the federal government have regarding marriage?

Foreign policy What foreign policy issues do you see as paramount for the U.S.?

Qualifications What sets you apart as the best choice for your district?

Other What other issues do you see as important to the district, the state and the nation?


Election 2012
6:00 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Congressional Race: 6th District

Peter Roskam - Leslie Coolidge
  • WNIJ's Jenna Dooley talks with Leslie Coolidge about the 6th congressional district
  • WNIJ's Dan Klefstad talks with NIU political scientist Matt Streb about the 6th District
  • WNIJ's Jenna Dooley previews the 6th congressional district

Democrat Leslie Coolidge is facing incumbent Republican Peter Roskam.  Coolidge, a Harvard educated CPA, says she has the fiscal wherewithal to help make the economy a priority in Washington.  Roskam campaigns in a Democrat-drawn district which largely keeps a Republican stronghold of voters. The district includes portions of McHenry and Kane counties.

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Election 2012
7:52 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Congressional Race: 17th District

  • WNIJ's Jenna Dooley speaks with Cheri Bustos
  • WNIJ's Jenna Dooley speaks with Bobby Schilling
  • WNIJ's Dan Klefstad talks with NIU Political Scientist Matt Streb about the two candidates

There are several similarities between the candidates in Illinois’s 17th Congressional District, which includes Democratic-leaning chunks from Rockford and Peoria as well as wrapping through the Quad Cities and across rural northwestern Illinois.

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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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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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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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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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7:10 am
Mon March 19, 2012

More than just candidates on the ballot March 20

Along with the broad array of candidates seeking their party nomination to political office, a number of other issues will be presented for voters’ decisions. The most popular issue is electrical aggregation. This issue has been supported by government officials at all levels and by business and community leaders.

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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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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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2:07 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Illinois Senate race in the 34th district: Democrats Lewandowski, Stadelman, and Wilson

There’s a three-way race among Democrats in the 34th State Senate District.

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