Election 2020

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Nov. 3rd is the final voting day of the 2020 election. The presidency as well as several key races are on the line. Follow NPR’s live coverage and results as they come in.  

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Fact Check: Biden's Inaugural Address

Jan 20, 2021
Biden Harris Inauguration
Caroline Amenabar | NPR

Joe Biden is giving his inaugural address after being sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. NPR reporters are annotating his speech live with fact checks and analysis.

Live blog to begin at 11 a.m. CST 


Watch Live: Biden's Inauguration Day

Jan 20, 2021
Inauguration Live Coverage
Caroline Amenabar | NPR

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are being sworn in as the president and vice president of the United States. Watch the ceremony, inaugural address and other celebratory events throughout the day. Event to begin at 10 a.m. CST 


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NPR | Annette Elizabeth Allen

Alejandro Mayorkas, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for homeland security secretary, is testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The nomination comes at a crucial time for national security in the wake of the deadly riot on the U.S. Capitol. Watch the hearing live at 9:00 a.m. CST

Pritzker Activates National Guard as FBI Warns of State Capitol Protests

Jan 15, 2021
Capitol News Illinois photo by Peter Hancock

Gov. JB Pritzker has activated 250 members of the Illinois National Guard amid FBI warnings of potential armed protests at the 50 U.S. state capitols in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Crews could also be seen Friday placing plywood over the windows of the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield.

Permanent Vote-By-Mail Expansion Moves to House Floor

Jan 12, 2021

The House Executive Committee advanced an election bill that would make permanent some of the expansions to mail-in voting that were passed for the 2020 general election.

The bill would require election authorities to accept mail-in ballots that were submitted without sufficient postage and allow election authorities to set up collection sites or drop-boxes that accept ballots without postage.

Photo Credit: John Minchillo/Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Angry supporters of President Donald Trump have stormed the U.S. Capitol in a chaotic protest aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power. They have forced lawmakers to be rushed from the building and interrupted challenges to Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. Trump issued a restrained call for peace but did not call on his supporters to leave. Earlier, in a huge rally near the White House, the president had egged his supporters on to march to Capitol Hill.

US Capitol
Liam James Doyle | NPR

Members of Congress are formally counting the Electoral College votes. A group of Republicans is planning to object to the results, citing false claims of widespread voter fraud. President Trump continues to baselessly claim that he won the election rather than Joe Biden, who is set to be sworn into office on Jan. 20. Watch the proceedings live.

The event is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. CST

Georgia Runoff Elections

Georgians are voting in two Senate runoff elections on Tuesday. Incumbent Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue face Democratic challengers Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. The races were too close to call in November and now their outcome determines the balance of power in the Senate. Follow the results live.

The White House
Annette Elizabeth / NPR

President-elect Joe Biden is introducing key members of his incoming climate team. The nominees and appointees include Rep. Deb Haaland for interior secretary, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm as energy secretary and Gina McCarthy as national climate adviser. Anouncement will begin at 1:30 p.m.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Political Science Department Chair Tobin Grant about the 2020 Electoral College vote, and how it compares to previous elections.

Illinois Electors Cast Ballots for Biden, Harris

Dec 14, 2020
Capitol News Illinois photo by Peter Hancock

Illinois’ presidential electors officially cast their 20 ballots Monday for the Democratic ticket of Joseph R. Biden and Kamala Harris, marking the all-but-final step in a bitterly contested presidential election that incumbent President Donald Trump has refused to concede.

Biden Gives Remarks After Electoral College Vote

Dec 14, 2020
Biden Transition
Caroline Amenabar | NPR

President-elect Joe Biden is speaking after electors around the country cast their formal votes, confirming his presidential win.

AG Raoul, Other Attorneys General, Oppose Texas Lawsuit to Overturn Election Results

Dec 11, 2020
Capitol News Illinois file photo

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul joined onto a legal brief, along with a coalition of 22 other Democratic attorneys general, that is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a lawsuit brought by the Texas Attorney General seeking to overturn the presidential election results in four states won by President-elect Joe Biden.

The Texas lawsuit filed with the U.S. Supreme Court this week is the latest legal effort by President Donald Trump and his Republican allies to challenge the authenticity of Biden’s victory. Trump has filed a motion to intervene in the Texas lawsuit.

Biden Transition
Caroline Amenabar | NPR

President-elect Joe Biden is announcing his pick to lead the Defense Department, retired Gen. Lloyd Austin. Watch his remarks live at 12:30 p.m. CST

Biden Transition
Caroline Amenabar | NPR

President-elect Joe Biden is formally announcing his pick for health secretary and other key health positions after releasing their names on Monday.

Watch their introductions live at 12:40 p.m. CST.

2020 Election Roundup: Illinois GOP Gains 1 Seat in House; Dems Gain 1 in Senate

Dec 5, 2020
Capitol News Illinois

Republicans made a net gain of one seat in the Illinois House while losing one in the state Senate, according to certified official results from the Nov. 3 general election.

Friday was the deadline for the Illinois State Board of Elections to complete its statewide canvass of the election. Just under 6.1 million ballots were cast in the election for a turnout rate of 72.92 percent, which was about average for recent presidential elections.

Newly Elected Supreme Court Justice Sworn In

Dec 3, 2020

Justice David K. Overstreet took the oath to become a member of the Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday afternoon.

The 54-year-old was sworn in by his predecessor, Justice Lloyd Karmeier, during an emotional installation ceremony that was livestreamed. Members of Overstreet’s family, as well as close friends, attended the ceremony in person.

The White House
Annette Elizabeth / NPR

President-elect Joe Biden is introducing key members of his incoming economic team.

When it comes to assessing scientific evidence, conservatives place more value on personal anecdotes, while liberals put more stock into what the experts are saying. Those are among the recent findings by Eureka College's Alexander Swan and his colleagues.

Biden Illustration
Caroline Amedabar | NPR

President-elect Joe Biden is formally announcing his most recent nominees and appointments for his incoming administration. Among his choices are Antony Blinken for secretary of state, Alejandro Mayorkas for homeland security secretary and Avril Haines for director of national intelligence. Watch his announcement live.  


WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with  Betsy de Parry and Joe Allen about the passage of the Bayh-Dole Act in 1980, and how lessons from that legislation could apply today.

Capitol View
Mark St. George/WSIU

Host Bernie Schoenburg of The State Journal-Register meets guests Jerry Nowicki of Capitol News Illinois and Amanda Vinicky of WTTW/Chicago Tonight to discuss the indictments of Mike McClain, Anne Pramaggiore, John Hooker, and Jay Doherty, the future of speaker and Democratic Chairman Mike Madigan. They also talk about Illinois going back to stage 3 COVID mitigations, Gov.

Capitol View
Mark St. George/WSIU

Host Bruce Rushton of The Illinois Times joins retired UIS Political Scientist Kent Redfield and Dave McKinney of Chicago Public Radio to discuss the cancellation of the state veto session--how do things on the National and Black Caucus agendas get done? What is going to happen to Speaker Michael Madigan? What will Gov. Pritzker do about Madigan - if anything? What happens to the fiscal plan now since the graduated income tax amendment did not pass?

The White House
Annette Elizabeth / NPR

President Trump is giving an update on the coronavirus pandemic, speaking for the first time since Joe Biden became president-elect. Trump has been falsely claiming on Twitter that he won, and his campaign launched a slew of lawsuits challenging the legitimacy of the results and baselessly alleging widespread voter fraud. Watch his remarks live.

Capitol News Illinois

Backers of a graduated income tax constitutional amendment conceded defeat Wednesday, Nov. 4, for Gov. JB Pritzker’s marquee policy proposal which was projected to bring in more than $3 billion annually to state coffers.

Joe Biden President Elect
Caroline Amenabar | NPR

Joe Biden is addressing the American people as president-elect after a win in Pennsylvania put him over the 270 electoral-vote threshold needed on Saturday.

Watch his remarks live at 7 p.m. Central Time. 

Illinois GOP Touts Victories in 2020 Elections

Nov 7, 2020

As the dust settled after Tuesday’s general election in Illinois, Republicans in the state patted themselves on the back after making gains, while high-ranking Democrats pushed back against embattled state party leader Michael Madigan.

Capitol View
Mark St. George/WSIU

Host Bernie Schoenburg of The State Journal-Register joins guests Charlie Wheeler, the retired Director of the Public Affairs Reporting Program at UIS, and Dave Dahl of WTAX NewsRadio to discuss Election 2020 and more.

Illinois voters said “no” to the graduated income tax on Tuesday. 

Election 2020: Effingham Vote Totals Are In.

Nov 4, 2020

 Early computer problems hampered vote counting Tuesday night  at the Effingham County Clerk's Office.  Clerk Marsha Popp says despite the delay, with the exception of provisional ballots, all votes were counted by midnight. The unofficial results show,  in the only local contested race, County Board District F, Republican Elizabeth Huston  garnered 82 % of the vote to beat Democrat Anthony Robertson, who collected 17 % of the vote.  On the issue of should the Stewardson Fire Protection District be elected, instead of appointed, 43 votes went to yes, versus 28 no votes.