Politics & Elections

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.

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

IL Democratic Gubernatorial Forum (3/1/18)

Mar 1, 2018
Zane Mazwell/UChicago Institute of Politics

The Democratic candidates for governor met on stage Thursday evening at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics for a forum discussing their respective visions for the future of our state.

Candidates J.B. Pritzker, Chris Kennedy, State Sen. Daniel Biss, Bob Daiber, Tio Hardiman and Dr. Robert Marshall participated. The forum was moderated by WBEZ Chicago’s Melba Lara with a panel of three reporters: WBEZ Chicago’s Dave McKinney and Tony Arnold, and POLITICO's Natasha Korecki.

The March primary is less than three weeks away.

The latest Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Poll shows Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic Candidate J-B Pritzker leading their respective parties.

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.

It didn't take long after Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was indicted for alleged invasion of privacy for Missouri Democrats to tie him to Attorney General Josh Hawley, the presumed GOP front runner in Missouri's hotly contested U.S. Senate race.

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.

Updated Feb. 23 at 9:10 a.m. with  additional comments from Kim Gardner — A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Gov. Eric Greitens for felony invasion of privacy for allegedly taking a semi-nude photo of a woman without her permission. Greitens was arrested Thursday afternoon, but was released without having to post bond. 

One of his attorneys, Edward Dowd, said in a statement that he plans to file a motion to dismiss the charges.

“In forty years of public and private practice, I have never seen anything like this. The charges against my client are baseless and unfounded. My client is absolutely innocent,” he said.

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.

President Donald Trump’s administration has been in power for a year now. “State of Trump” is our series discussing what’s changed in the state, and what might be ahead.

Pres. Donald Trump’s administration has been in power for a year now. “State of Trump” is our series discussing what’s changed in the state ... and what might be ahead.


Today we hear from high school government teacher Neil Calderon about how the Trump presidency has affected the way he teaches:


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.

After a passionate speech at this year's Golden Globe Awards, political watchers began buzzing with the possibility of Oprah Winfrey running for President in 2020. Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Analyst John Jackson offers his take on that, along with what he thinks it takes to be an effective Commander in Chief.

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.

As we get ready to welcome 2018, we thought we’d take a few minutes to listen back to another wild year in Illinois government and politics.


One of the candidates seeking the 115th district Illinois House seat officially announced her candidacy Thursday evening.

Tamiko "T.C." Mueller of Murphysboro is seeking the democratic nomination.

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?

Much of the federal government could shut down this Saturday, unless Congress votes to pass a new government funding bill.

Host Jennifer Fuller talks with John Jackson about this week's special election in Alabama, which produced the state's first Democratic U.S. Senator in 25 years.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

The Green Party will have a new candidate running for the 12th district congressional seat in 2018.

After Paula Bradshaw ran in the past three election cycles, SIU-Carbondale Philosophy and Communication Studies professor Randy Auxier announced his candidacy Wednesday.