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.  

LIVE BLOG: Live Updates & Results

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
NPR Politics

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 102: 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.

Your Guide To Voting in 2020

Oct 26, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic, voting might look a little different this year. Here’s how to make sure your vote counts.


If you decide to vote in person, there are some things to keep in mind. The most important one — remember, there’s no electioneering allowed within 100 feet of polling places. That means you can’t wear a hat or t-shirt with your favorite candidate’s name on it or stand outside with a sign.

It’s also illegal to take a picture of your completed ballot. Take a selfie with your “I Voted” sticker instead.

Capitol News Illinois

Through tears, Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike once again called for widespread use of face coverings Friday after warning of increasing COVID-19 hospitalization numbers that could surpass the peaks of April and May.

Capitol View
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Host Bruce Rushton of The Illinois Times joins guests Peter Hancock of Capitol News Illinois and Amanda Vinicky of WTTW Chicago Tonight to discuss the latest on the graduated income tax amendment, mail-in ballots, early voting, and the Betsy Dirksen Londrigan and Rodney Davis race (IL 13th).

Supreme Court Candidate Faces Attack Ads for Decision in Child Abuse Case

Oct 23, 2020
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A court decision involving an appeal from a convicted sex offender who attempted suicide before trial has surfaced in the race for the state Supreme Court’s southern Illinois district between two sitting justices on that same court.

In a 28-page opinion issued in June, a three-judge panel of the 5th District Appellate Court tossed out the conviction of Jerad Peoples, who claimed he deserved a new trial because he was hospitalized from a drug overdose and suicide attempt during his first trial.

Election 2020 Debates
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President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden are holding a final debate Thursday in Nashville, with Kristen Welker of NBC News moderating. After a haphazard first debate, and a canceled second one, this final debate has new rules established by the Commission on Presidential Debates. Follow live updates and analysis.


Judge: Municipalities Exempt from Election Day ‘Holiday’

Oct 19, 2020

A Sangamon County judge has ruled local units of government are exempt from a law the General Assembly passed this year declaring the Nov. 3 general election as a state holiday and requiring all government offices to be closed that day, unless they are used as polling places or for other election-related services.

Downstate Judges Face Off for 5th District Supreme Court Seat

Oct 19, 2020
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The race for the seat on the Illinois Supreme Court that represents 37 counties in southern Illinois is pitting a centrist Democratic candidate against a self-described “constitutional conservative” Republican.

Democrat Judy Cates, 68, and Republican David Overstreet, 54, are competing for a spot on the state's highest court that is currently held by Lloyd Karmeier, a Republican who plans to retire from the bench in December.

Capitol View
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Host Bernie Schoenburg of the State Journal-Register joins guests Kent Redfield  of the University of Illinois Springfield and Jerry Nowicki of Capitol News Illinois to discuss the progressive income tax, a court hearing involving the restrictions the governor has placed on the state, local elections, and mail-in ballots.

SCOTUS Scuttles Census After State Commits $1 Million to Outreach

Oct 14, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Trump administration could shorten the U.S. Census count on Tuesday, just hours after the Illinois government committed an additional $1 million to outreach.

The Trump administration originally tried to shorten the end date of the census to Sept. 30, but federal courts mandated the administration keep the count going until Oct. 31, the extended deadline originally set by the federal government in response to the coronavirus pandemic. However, following the 7-1 SCOTUS ruling, the U.S. Census Bureau announced it was ending the count at 5 a.m. Friday in Illinois.

What to Know About the Graduated Tax Amendment

Oct 14, 2020
Jerry Nowicki of Capitol NewsIllinois

One of the major questions Illinois voters will answer on Nov. 3 will be on the ballot statewide – whether to amend the state’s constitution to allow for a graduated rate income tax.

Illinois Surpasses 660k Combined Early, Mail Votes

Oct 13, 2020

With just three weeks remaining before the Nov. 3 general election, more than 660,000 voters in Illinois have already cast ballots either through mail-in or early in-person voting, shattering previous records for advance voting, according to state election officials.

WNIJ's 2020 Voting Guide

Oct 11, 2020

WNIJ has curated this guide to help you navigate casting your vote during this election.

 The How:

One of our favorite listens on this topic comes from NPR's Life Kit podcast. Clocking in at just 23 minutes, Life Kit explores all your voting options, from mail-in, early and election day voting.

Now that you are ready to vote, are you registered to vote?

Capitol View
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Host Bernie Schoenburg of The State Journal-Register talks with guests Dave McKinney of Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ) and Charlie Wheeler of the University of Illinois Springfield about Rep. Chris Welch calling off hearings into House Speaker Michael Madigan until after the election, political ads, the latest on the graduated tax amendment, and the fight over Supreme Court Justice Tom Kilbride's retention.

The 2020 Vice Presidential Debate

Oct 9, 2020
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Vice President Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris are debating in Salt Lake City.

Think Tank’s Lawsuit Takes Aim at Graduated Tax Ballot Language

Oct 6, 2020
Jerry Nowicki of Capitol NewsIllinois

A think tank once tied to Republican former Gov. Bruce Rauner is suing the Illinois State Board of Elections and secretary of state, charging that graduated tax constitutional amendment language is “misleading” as it appears on the General Election ballot and in a pamphlet sent to voters.