Election 2020

Presidential Debate 2020
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Follow NPR's live coverage of the first 2020 presidential election debate, including fact-checking and analysis. President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are in Cleveland for the event, moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News.

The debate begins at 8 p.m. on September 29th.

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Illinois House Democrats on Monday accused State Rep. Amy Grant (R-Wheaton) of making racist and homophobic statements during a phone call with a purported GOP donor.

The phone call, which was recorded, included instances of Grant mentioning her opponent Ken Mejia-Beal's race and sexuality. Mejia Beal, of Lisle, is Black and openly gay. 

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talk with Dorcy Prosser of the Jackson County League of Women Voters about events and informational guides leading up to the November 2020 Election. 

Host Bruce Rushton of The Illinois Times joins guests Jerry Nowicki of Capitol News Illinois and Freelance Reporter Hannah Meisel to discuss the award of dispensary licenses to people who want to sell marijuana over the counter in Illinois, the House Investigative Committee on Mike Madigan, and the graduated income tax vs. flat income tax campaign.

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Joe Biden is speaking in Pittsburgh to argue that President Trump is encouraging chaos and that as president Biden would make America safer. Watch his remarks live starting at 12:30 p.m.

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Follow live updates and analysis of Day 4 of the Republican National Convention. President Trump caps off the week with his address.

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President Trump is accepting the Republican nomination for president on Thursday. NPR reporters are providing analysis of his remarks live.

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Follow live updates and analysis of Day 3 of the Republican National Convention. Vice President Pence headlines the night.

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Follow live updates and analysis of Day 2 of the Republican National Convention. First lady Melania Trump headlines the night.

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PBS NewsHour's RNC coverage will be streaming live from 7:00pm to 10:00pm CT from Monday, August 24th to Thursday, August 27th.

PBS NewsHour will stream the program on their Website, YouTube, and Facebook.

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Follow live updates and analysis of Day 1 of the Republican National Convention, where the party is set to formally nominate President Trump as its presidential nominee. Monday, August 24

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PBS NewsHour's DNC Coverage

Aug 20, 2020
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PBS NewsHour's DNC coverage will be streaming live from 7:00pm to 10:00pm CT from Monday, August 17th to Thursday, August 20th.

PBS NewsHour will stream the program on their Website, YouTube, and Facebook.

DNC Live Coverage: Thursday, Aug. 20

Aug 20, 2020

Follow live updates and analysis of the Democratic National Convention. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is speaking Thursday night.

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DNC Live Coverage: Wednesday, Aug. 19

Aug 19, 2020

Follow live updates and analysis of the Democratic National Convention. Wednesday's speakers include House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former President Barack Obama.

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Former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun had the honor of casting Illinois’ votes during the traditional roll call Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention, helping nominate Joe Biden for president.   

DNC Live Coverage: Tuesday, Aug. 18

Aug 18, 2020

Follow live updates and analysis of the Democratic National Convention. Tuesday's speakers include New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and former President Bill Clinton.

Follow live updates and analysis of the Democratic National Convention. Monday's speakers include Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former first lady Michelle Obama.

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Chicago’s election agency plans to allow voters to drop off their mail-in ballots at all early voting sites starting in mid-October. In Champaign County, the county clerk plans to have up to six drop boxes for voters to put their ballots in through Election Day.

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Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that California Sen. Kamala Harris would be his vice presidential running mate. They are giving remarks together on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Watch live.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Dorcy Prosser of the Jackson County League of Women Voters about changes to the way Illinoisans vote for the 2020 General Election in November.


Millions of voters across Illinois are getting vote-by-mail applications.

A new law signed by the governor this summer directs all election authorities in the state to send out the applications by August 1. 

Rapper Kanye West was among those submitting petitions for the fall ballot Illinois on the final day for independent and third party candidates to file.   

West said he is running for president. But he has missed the deadline to file in several states. While he was on time in Illinois, filing does not guarantee a spot on the ballot.  Petitions can be challenged for the number of signatures and their vailidity.  West did not have a vice presidential candidate file with him.  

Despite fear and uncertainty amid a global pandemic, hundreds of thousands of Illinois voters turned out for Tuesday’s primary election. Overall, however, turnout was down significantly compared to the last presidential primary in 2016.

March 17 Primaries: Live Coverage

Mar 17, 2020
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Follow NPR's live coverage of the 2020 primaries in Ohio, Arizona, Illinois and Florida, including live results and analysis.

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Only two candidates will be onstage for Sunday's Democratic primary debate: former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Republicans are renewing their call to suspend Automatic Voter Registration after more problems with the system came to light this week.

Earlier this year, it came out that several people who self-identified as non-citizens were permitted to vote. Now, more than 1,100 actual citizens in Illinois were improperly classified as having opted out of voter registration — potentially denying them their right to vote.

WSIU partnered with The Southern Illinoisan newspaper to interview candidates ahead of the March 17 primary in Illinois.

All candidates were asked the same questions, and given up to 30 minutes for their interview. In the 55th State Senate race, there are two men running for the Republican nomination, as State Senator Dale Righter is not seeking re-election. State Representative Darren Bailey and Jeff Fleming are vying for the open seat.

1) Tell us about yourself, and why you're running.

Illinois politicians would be allowed to use campaign money to pay for child care under legislation being considered in the General Assembly.

Live Coverage: Big Tuesday 2020

Mar 9, 2020
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Follow NPR's live coverage of the 2020 primaries, including results and analysis

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WSIU partnered with The Southern Illinoisan newspaper to interview candidates ahead of the March 17 primary in Illinois.

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