Politics & Elections

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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Reg’l Supts & Judicial Races (Updated 5:30am 3/21/2018)

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Visiting Professor John Jackson about his expectations for the Illinois Primary.

Illinois gubernatorial candidates are making their final push ahead of Tuesday's primary in what's become an increasingly fierce - and expensive - contest.

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)

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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.

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