Election 2018

Two democrats are seeking the party's nomination in southern Illinois' 12th congressional district. WSIU's Brad Palmer introduces us to Brendan Kelly and David Bequette.

Murphysboro's Mike Bost is seeking a 3rd term representing southern Illinois' 12th congressional district. His primary opponent is Preston Nelson of Benton. WSIU's Brad Palmer profiles both candidates.

15th Congressional District Democratic Primary

Mar 12, 2018
15th Congressional District Democratic Primary
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The Illinois primary election is rapidly approaching, and on March 20, voters will narrow the field.

Democrats must choose a challenger for the seat currently held by Republican Rep. John Shimkus: the 15th Congressional District in Illinois.

On March 20th voters will go to polls and vote for Republican and Democratic candidates for the Illinois 115th State Representative Seat, which is currently  held by Terri Bryant, a Republican.

A newly formed organization, Unite America, has released its first slate of candidates for public office, including a U.S. Senate hopeful for Missouri.

Mayors around Illinois are asking lawmakers for help to put a Home Rule referendum on the November ballot. 

Tuesday is when candidates can start filing for Missouri's August primary.

The Cape Girardeau County Democrats went before the media Monday to talk about the organization's agenda for 2018.

With less than a month before voters head to the polls to choose party nominees, On Topic Host Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Visiting Professor John Jackson about the Primary Election races for Governor of Illinois.

The only televised debate outside of Chicago between the Democratic candidates for governor has been cancelled.

That's because Democratic candidate JB Pritzker would not commit to attending the debate in Springfield.

An appellate court has ruled that Democratic attorney general candidate Scott Drury can remain on ballots for the March 20 primary.

WSIU's Jak Tichenor talks with SIUC Political Science Department Chair Tobin Grant about increasingly heated campaigns for Governor in Illinois. 

Early voting is underway in many parts of Illinois despite an ongoing legal battle about whether a Democratic candidate for Attorney General should be on the ballot.

Campaign contribution limits were lifted in the Illinois governor’s race months ago, but it’s also happened in several state House races as well.

Illinois has caps for how much you… or a corporation… or a union can give to a candidate. But those caps can be lifted.

Chicago Sun Times

While Illinois early voting begins this week, democrat and Illinois attorney general candidate, Jesse Ruiz, made a campaign stop in Carbondale Monday. 
Ruiz was born to Mexican immigrant parents and lives in Chicago. He studied economics at the University of Illinois.

Chicago Tribune

An Illinois legislator challenging Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner for the GOP nomination canceled a fundraising speech by a man who contends whites are intellectually superior to African-Americans.

More members of the U.S. Congress are deciding they will retire or not seek re-election. In this episode of On Topic, John Jackson with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at SIUC takes a look at what the exodus means for policy making.

Nelson for Congress Facebook page

The man challenging incumbent 12th district congressman Mike Bost in the republican primary is working to get his message to voters.

Preston Nelson will hold a town hall meeting this weekend to discuss his campaign and answer questions.

The two democratic candidates hoping to unseat longtime republican Congressman John Shimkus are going before voters this weekend.

Carl Spoerer of Mahomet and Kevin Gaither of Charleston have agreed to participate in a candidate's forum.

In this episode, Host Jennifer Fuller and Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Interim Director Jak Tichenor discuss what to expect in Illinois politics in 2018.

Illinois Sunshine Project

With roughly three months to go until Illinois’ primary election, there are seven men seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination to be governor of Illinois.

One of the key questions facing primary voters: To counter the vast wealth of incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, do Democrats need their own billionaire at the top of the ticket?

A Cook County Republican is running for state Treasurer. 

National politics and the recent surge of sexual harassment allegations have resulted in calls to increase the number of female candidates in the 2018 races for legislative and statewide offices. But Illinois did not necessarily follow along with these expectations.

Many local incumbents will face a primary challenge in next year’s elections.

Monday was an important date on the way to the 2018 elections. It was the beginning of the period when Illinois candidates have to file petitions with, in some cases, thousands of signatures needed to get on the ballot.

Illinois’ senior Republican Congressman has declined to endorse Governor Bruce Rauner in next year's primary election.

Twitter/College Democrats of IL

A member of the Illini Democrats opened the candidates forum Monday night, with a line sure to please the party faithful:


WSIU's Jordan Maddox explores the "Full Slate" decision, which may allow more candidates onto the Illinois ballot in 2018.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives says she’s taking on Governor Bruce Rauner in the upcoming Republican primary.

The former Wheaton city councilwoman and West Point graduate acknowledges it will be tough going up against Rauner’s vast personal wealth. But she says the governor has betrayed Republican principles, and wants to give voters a choice.

A state representative has begun circulating petitions in an effort to challenge Governor Bruce Rauner in next year's Republican primary. 

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is joining a crowded field attempting to become the state's next attorney general.