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?

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Politics
6:50 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Illinois Primary Battle in 35th Senate District

Two incumbents square off in this hotly contested race.

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Politics
6:00 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Illinois House race in the 68th district: Democrats Little and Wasco. Story plus full interviews.

This is the second in our series of profiles of candidates running for the state legislature in northern Illinois.

WNIJ’s Jenna Dooley spoke with candidates Clint Little and Carl Wasco.

First audio clip is the summary story that aired 3/9/12 on WNIJ.

Second is the full interview with Little.

Third is the full interview with Wasco.

Politics
3:47 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Illinois House race in the 67th district: Democrats Jefferson and Lind. Story plus full interviews.

This is the first in our series of profiles of candidates running for the state legislature in northern Illinois. We start with the Democrats running for state representative in the 67th district, which covers much of Rockford. 

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Politics
11:08 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Interview with George Gaulrapp, a Democrat running for Illinois' 17th Congressional Seat

George Gaulrapp

Here's the full interview with George Gaulrapp, one of three candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in Illinois 17th Congressional District:

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Politics
11:01 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Interview with Cheri Bustos, a Democrat running for Illinois' 17th Congressional Seat

Cheri Bustos

Here's the full interview with Cheri Bustos, one of three candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in Illinois 17th Congressional District:

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Politics
10:55 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Interview with Greg Aguilar, a Democrat running for Illinois' 17th Congressional Seat

Greg Aguilar

Here's the full interview with Greg Aguilar, one of three candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in Illinois 17th Congressional District:

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Politics
6:26 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Three Candidates Vying for Democratic Nomination in IL-17

We wrap up our profile of area Congressional races by looking at the candidates in the Democratic primary for the 17th district, which covers the northwestern section of Illinois.  WNIJ's Victor Yehling has the story:

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Local
12:00 am
Wed March 7, 2012

All Dems a threat to Schilling in IL-17

NIU's Matt Streb

Republican Congressman Bobby Schilling is unopposed in the March 20 primary, but whoever wins the Democratic nomination will be a serious threat.  There are 3 Democrats running in the 17th District primary - Greg Aguilar, Cheri Bustos and George Gaulrapp.  NIU political scientist Matt Streb says they benefit from a traditionally Democratic district that was made even more Democratic after redistricting.   Streb talks with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad about this contest.

Politics
6:33 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Interview with Jonathan Farnick, Democrat running in the IL 14th Congressional District

Jonathan Farnick

WNIJ's Guy Stephens' interview with Jonathan Farnick, candidate in the Democratic primary for the IL 14th Congressional seat.

Politics
6:33 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Interview with Dennis Anderson, Democrat running for the IL 14th Congressional Seat

Dennis Anderson

WNIJ's Guy Stephens' interview with Dennis Anderson, candidate in the Democratic primary for the IL 14th Congressional District seat. 

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