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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The White House
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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
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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.

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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.

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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
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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
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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.

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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.

Election 2020: Local Results

Nov 4, 2020

Voter turnout was strong across southern Illinois, with many choosing to vote early or mail their ballots.

Elections Board Warns that Races Could Be Undecided for Days

Nov 3, 2020
Illinois State Board of Elections

Although nearly 3.6 million Illinoisans had already voted by Monday morning, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections, nearly 2.3 million ballots are still to be cast if the state is to match the 70.56 percent turnout of 2016.

As of Monday, there were 586,709 mail-in ballots that Illinois voters had requested but not returned. As long as those ballots are post-marked by Tuesday, Nov. 3, they must be accepted by local election authorities if they arrive by Nov. 17 – two weeks after Election Day.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with John Jackson of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute about big issues facing voters for Election Day 2020:

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The Illinois State Police is working to ensure the public’s safety for Tuesday’s election.

The I-S-P has been preparing for months, participating in readiness exercises, and utilizing the statewide terrorism and intelligence center to analyze potential threats, and it will continue says Director Brendan Kelly.

Election 2020 Live Blog
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Nov. 3 is the final voting day of the 2020 election. The Presidency as well as several key Senate, House, and Gubernatorial races are on the line. Follow NPR’s live coverage and results as they come in.


Media outlets in other countries are closely following this year's presidential election in the United States. A couple researchers from Monmouth College are involved with a project to examine what is being reported and how it differs from four years ago.

Capitol View
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Host Bernie Schoenburg of the State Journal-Register joins guests Hannah Meisel of NPR Illinois and Peter Hancock of Capitol News Illinois to discuss COVID guidelines for high school winter sports, as well as other coronavirus mitigations, the latest on the election and mail-in ballots, and the Black Caucus in the legislature coming together after veto session with various policy proposals.

Election Officials Urge Voters to Turn in Mail Ballots Now

Oct 30, 2020
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Heading into the final weekend before Election Day, Illinois voters continue to set records for advance voting, and election officials are urging anyone who has not yet turned in their mail ballot to do so as quickly as possible.

“Whether you do that by mail, or by placing it in a secure drop box, if that's available to you, or by returning it in person to the office of your election authority, that's entirely up to you,” Matt Dietrich, spokesman for the Illinois State Board of Elections, said during an interview Thursday.

InFocus: Civic Engagement

Oct 30, 2020

Join us for an exploration into civic engagement. In this episode, we highlight the role of women voters 100 years after the women’s suffrage movement; answer voting-related FAQs and review the history of tax amendments in the Illinois. We’ll also report on local COVID-19 protections to see how local officials plan to keep voters safe during the election season. Hosted by Rosslind Rice.

The 115th district covers parts of five counties including Jefferson, Perry, Jackson, Union, and Washington.

There’re three candidates are running for this seat, which is currently held by Republican Terri Bryant. Bryant is vacating the seat to run for State Senate.

Like everything else in 2020, this year’s presidential election might be a little different. Here’s everything you need to know to make sure your vote counts.

Press Conference In Carbondale Advocating For Graduated Income Tax
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Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry and area leaders are urging everyone to vote early and vote yes for the Graduated Income Tax Amendment.