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Former SIU President Glenn Poshard will help Illinois Governor-elect Bruce Rauner's transition team.

Republican businessman Bruce Rauner has unseated Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, ending Democrats' 12-year grip on President Barack Obama's home state.

The matchup between the Winnetka venture capitalist and the Chicago Democrat was among the most competitive and costly nationwide. Rauner's win helps the GOP complete a near-sweep of Midwest governorships.

Quinn had pushed issues affecting everyday people. He also reminded voters how he navigated Illinois out of crisis after the two previous governors went to prison. He tried to paint Rauner as an out-of-touch multimillionaire.

Polls in Kentucky closed at 6:00 pm and US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has been re-elected to his Senate seat. McConnell will now be waiting to learn whether he might be the majority leader in the new Congress. McConnell defeated Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in an election that McConnell called a referendum on President Barack Obama.

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Nov 4, 2014

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Illinois' top democrat brought his re-election campaign through southern Illinois as part of an 11th hour get out the vote effort.


The two major candidates for U.S. Senate touched on some new topics in their final joint appearance of the campaign.  Among them: Whether the NFL should keep its tax-exempt status. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said there are rumblings in Congress about changing the league’s classification as a non-profit organization. “Both the NFL and the National Hockey League are tax-exempt,” Durbin said.  “The National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball are not.  Why?  No one can explain why there’s a difference.”

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Governor Pat Quinn's re-election campaign made a stop in southern Illinois Monday.

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One of the candidates who is on the General Election ballot in Illinois stopped by the Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus Thursday to highlight the ability for voters - especially students - to cast their ballots early.

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Democratic Governor Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner each reached out to voters to convince them why they're the best person to lead Illinois. The candidates for governor faced off Thursday in Peoria. It's their first televised debate of the race.

Join WSIU Radio Wednesday, October 8th at 7:00pm for live coverage of the 12th Congressional District candidates debate.

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Acting Carbondale Mayor Don Monty says he will not run for Office in 2015.

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The League of Women Voters of Jackson County hosted a debate on September 25, 2014 at the Carbondale Civic Center featuring the candidates in southern Illinois' 115th State House District.    The debate was broadcast on WSIU Public Radio on Monday, September 29th.

WSIU is proud to present a wide variety of Election 2014 specials this fall.

Williamson County State's Attorney Chuck Garnati says it's time for him to step down.

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The Illinois Federation of Teachers is endorsing democrat Bill Kilquist in the 115th district state House race.

Former White House Press Secretary and southern Illinois native James Brady has died.

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Former Democratic U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon of Illinois has died.

David Bositis is the Vice President of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, D.C.  He will deliver this year's Morton-Kinney Lecture tonight on the SIU Carbondale Campus.   

WSIU Radio's Jeff Williams talked with Bositis for today's Morning Conversation.

David Bositis' lecture begins at 7:00pm tonight (4/14/14) in the SIU Carbondale Student Center Ball Room-B.  Tjhe Morton-Kenney Lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute.

Few southern Illinois Voters turned out for Tuesday's Primary election.

The Associated Press declared former Jackson County Sheriff Bill Kilquist the democratic nominee in southern Illinois' 115th State House race over Tony Mayville.

Venture capitalist Bruce Rauner won Republican primary for governor, and will face incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn this November.


The four Republican candidates for governor met for their final debate of the primary race.

Candidate Preview: Democrat Bill Kilquist

Mar 12, 2014

Four candidates are vying for southern Illinois' 115th district state house seat in next week's primary election.  
In our third segment, profiling the two republicans and two democrats in the race, Jordan VanDeveer looks at the candidacy of Democrat Bill Kilquist.

Candidate Preview: Republican Terri Bryant

Mar 11, 2014

Four candidates are vying for southern Illinois' 115th district state house seat in next week's primary election.  In the second part of a four part series profiling the two republicans and two democrats in the race, Jordan VanDeveer looks at the candidacy of Terri Bryant.

Wednesday we begin our look at the Democratic candidates running for the 115th district nomination with Bill Kilquist followed by Tony Mayville on Thursday.

Candidate Preview: Republican Bob White

Mar 10, 2014

Four candidates are vying for southern Illinois' 115th district state house seat in next week's primary election.

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Another major government labor union has endorsed state Senator Kirk Dillard for Illinois governor.


The Illinois Retired Teachers Association is endorsing Kirk Dillard in the Republican primary for Governor.

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A recent poll shows Bruce Rauner with a double-digit lead in the republican primary race for governor.

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One of the state's largest teacher organizations is supporting Bill Kilquist in the Democratic primary race for 115th District State House of Representatives.


The four Republican candidates running for Governor all favor the development of high volume hydraulic fracturing in Illinois.