Politics & Elections

In the past, Ann Quackenbush would wake up early on election day to get to her polling place. The elementary school teacher in Champaign says it was often hard to make time to vote during a busy school day.

For the primary last March, she tried something different – mailing in her ballot before election day.

“It is just incredibly convenient,” said Quackenbush, who has already requested a mail-in ballot for the mid-terms in November.

It's Bruce Rauner versus the corrupt democrats from Chicago. That's how Governor Rauner described the choice this fall between him and JB Pritzker during a campaign stop in the Quad Cities Monday. 

As of Monday, there are 50 days until Election Day. And in the race for Illinois governor, debate season is finally getting underway.

Governor Bruce Rauner attempted to reset his election campaign Thursday.

Rauner gathered about 65 supporters in a hotel ballroom in downtown Chicago.

President Donald Trump's planned rally in Cape Girardeau has been called off.

President Trump was scheduled to speak at the Show Me Center on Thursday evening in support of GOP U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley, who is seeking to unseat incumbent democrat Claire McCaskill.

Daniel Bush of PBS Newshour examines what was known, and what was new information, during last week's U.S. Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

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For the first time in more than 50 years, voters in the City of Marion will receive a municipal election ballot next spring without the name Bob Butler on it.

Butler, who served as mayor for nearly 55 years, stepped down earlier this year for health reasons.

More than 17 times as many University of Illinois students registered to hear a campus speech by former President Barack Obama as there are seats in the auditorium.

Obama is scheduled to speak Friday at Foellinger Auditorium in Urbana. The News-Gazette reports 22,611 students registered before a ticket lottery portal closed last Friday for the some 1,300 available seats.

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With a guilty verdict for former Trump Campaign Chair Paul Manafort and a guilty plea from President Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen, analysts are talking about what the two cases mean, and what comes next. WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Debate Director Todd Graham about his observations.

Thousands of Illinois Democrats met Thursday in Springfield for the party’s annual state fair brunch.

Candidates repeated familiar attacks on Republicans. But some say they need to do more.

Republicans held their annual rally at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield Wednesday with a message of party unity.  Bruce Rauner still holds the top office in state government. But as he pushes for re-election, he’s trying to appease conservatives who feel betrayed and whose support he needs to win a second term.   

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The most recent Simon Review published by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute shows data refuting public perception of budgeting in Illinois. WSIU's Amelia Blakely talks with co-author John Jackson.

A move to ask Williamson County voters how they feel about potential gun legislation failed on Thursday -- though the issue may not be dead.

It started with a system glitch in the summer of 2016.

Hackers found a flaw in the online voting registration process in Illinois and exploited it. Illinois State Board of Election’s spokesperson Matt Dietrich said the board’s servers were flooded with queries, which are lines of code.

Governor Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation intended to prevent wrongful convictions.

A conservative political group is suing to overturn the Illinois campaign law restricting so-called independent expenditure committees.

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The democratic nominee in the 12th congressional district is out with a plan he calls Saving Southern Illinois.
 
Brendan Kelly says it's broken down into ten areas because these are the most pressing concerns he's heard from constituents as he traveled throughout the district.

We have a better picture of the money fight that’s happening in the race for Illinois governor.

 

Both of the major party candidates have largely funded their own campaigns. They’re both really rich.

There are Illinois connections in Friday's indictments related to Russian hacking around the 2016 elections.

The indictment accuses Russian military intelligence of hacking the website of an unnamed state board of elections, identified only as “SBOE 1.”

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A panel is traveling across Illinois to hear about what it's like to be a female in politics.

The  Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel is hosting listening sessions to hear about sexual harassment in the political workplace.

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he Libertarian Party filed a slate of statewide candidates Monday… turning in more than 47-thousand signatures to the Illinois State Board of Elections.  That’s nearly double the required 25-thousand.

Kash Jackson, the candidate for governor, says he is pro-life and if elected would repeal a law mandating tax payer funding for abortion.   

Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is supporting President Donald Trump’s pick to be the next ambassador to Kenya: Illinois state Sen. Kyle McCarter. That’s despite the significant political differences between Durbin and McCarter.

Durbin says he met with McCarter this week in Washington, D.C. to discuss his Kenya nomination.

McCarter is quite conservative, and Durbin says his voting record poses “some issues.” But that isn’t stopping him from giving the Republican a thumbs up.

Illinois U.S. Sen, Dick Durbin says Rod Blagojevich should have gotten a shorter prison sentence.

A longtime southern Illinois school administrator is running for state senate as a democrat.

Steve Webb is superintendent of the Goreville school district. He wants to challenge incumbent republican Dale Fowler.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent Carl Hulse, during his visit to SIUC and the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

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Another candidate is complicating Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s reelection campaign.

Thursday, state Senator Sam McCann, a Republican from Plainview, announced a third-party bid for the state’s top office. 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens should resign.

After what’s thought to be one of the most expensive primaries in Illinois history, billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker is the Democratic nominee for governor.  Incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner won the Republican primary, narrowly beating his only opponent, state Representative Jeanne Ives.

Erika Harold won the Republican nomination for Illinois attorney general, while state Sen. Kwame Raoul defeated a crowded race to win the Democratic nod. They'll face off in the general election in November.

Incumbent Attorney General Lisa Madigan set off a scramble last year when she made a surprise announcement she would not seek a fifth term. The race drew ten candidates in all.

With funding from the Republican Party and Governor Bruce Rauner, Harold beat former Burr Ridge mayor Gary Grasso, winning 60 percent of the vote.

2018 Primary Election Results (Updated 5:45am 3/21/2018)

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