Election 2020

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Ten candidates are taking the stage for the November Democratic Debate in Atlanta, amid public hearings in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. NPR reporters will be providing fact checks and analysis throughout the debate. Follow along.


Live Blog: October Democratic Debate - 10/15/19

Oct 15, 2019
Democratic Debates
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Twelve candidates take the stage for October's Democratic primary debate, which begins Tue, Oct. 15 at 7pm (central). 


A second democrat has jumped into the race to oust republican Mike Bost as the U.S. Representative from the 12th congressional district.

Former SIU administrator Ray Lenzi officially launched his campaign on Thursday evening in front of around 30 supporters at Carbondale City Hall.

A southern Illinois State Representative says she'll launch a campaign for State Senate.

A southern Illinois State Senator says he won't seek reelection next year.


Republicans in Illinois 117th State House district will have a choice to make in March: Keep their incumbent representative, or select someone new.

The Illinois Republican Party’s top brass says it’s optimistic about its chances in 2020. Officials rallied the base Thursday at the Illinois State Fair.

2nd Primary Debate
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It's the second and final of the July Democratic debates. The second set of 10 candidates is making their case as to why they should be the next president of the United States. Follow NPR's live coverage for real-time fact checks and analysis of their remarks.



A Democrat says he will challenge Republican Congressman John Shimkus next fall and in the same breath concedes he has no chance of winning.

John Hursey Jr. of Collinsville has filed paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission to run in the 15th Congressional District race as a Democrat.

U.S. House Speaker

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be the keynote speaker at the annual Illinois Democratic County Chairs' Association brunch August 14th.

After a passionate speech at this year's Golden Globe Awards, political watchers began buzzing with the possibility of Oprah Winfrey running for President in 2020. Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Analyst John Jackson offers his take on that, along with what he thinks it takes to be an effective Commander in Chief.