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Election 2018

A local business owner said Wednesday she’s running for Bloomington City Council in 2019—at least the third candidate to announce with more than 250 days until the election.

Mary Cullen / WGLT

The Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE) faced scrutiny after Illinois became one of 39 states hacked by the Russians in the 2016 election. ISBE said only voter rolls were hacked, and no ballots were tampered with.

The board’s IT Director Matt Emmons said Tuesday that’s why cybersecurity specialists are imperative.

Josh Barnett Campaign

McLean County Board member Josh Barnett announced Tuesday he will run for Bloomington City Council in Ward 8.

Senator Jason Barickman on the Senate floor.
Seth Perlman / AP

State Sen. Jason Barickman said he thinks President Trump did not acknowledge what a ruthless dictator Vladimir Putin is and where Putin's self-interest lies.

This is part of our election-year series, Money Machines, looking at campaign spending in the 2018 election. The first article can be found here.

McLean County GOP

Republicans have picked a new candidate for a three-way McLean County Board race in south Bloomington.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

UPDATED 12:50 p.m. | The Democrat looking to unseat state Rep. Keith Sommer is closing the fundraising gap as both candidates head into the thick of campaign season.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he does not agree with President Trump’s initial statements on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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The McLean County Board decided Tuesday to put two advisory referenda on the fall ballot.

New campaign finance disclosures show Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan outraised U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis last quarter, though the incumbent Republican still has a much larger war chest heading into the thick of campaign season.

There are Illinois connections in Friday's indictments related to Russian hacking around the 2016 elections.

UPDATED 4:30 p.m. | A well-known nonpartisan analyst says the race is tightening between U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis and his Democratic challenger, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan.

Mary Cullen / WGLT

J.B. Pritzker opened a campaign office Thursday in Downtown Bloomington where he stood by his recent TV ad attacking Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Democrats are trying to flip several Congressional seats in Illinois this fall. That’s put some Republicans in a tricky spot when it comes to questions about President Donald Trump.

Eric Stock / WGLT

McLean County voters outside Bloomington won't have a say in whether the county’s and city’s election offices should merge.

Alex Brandon / AP

For all his lengthy record as a federal judge, the new Supreme Court nominee might still be a mystery on social issues.

Seth Perlman / AP

A state senator has officially thrown his hat into Illinois' high-profile and expensive governor's race.

Illinois will host what could be the most expensive race for governor in U.S. history. The huge increase in campaign spending raises a lot of questions about the rise of big money in politics. Between now and the election, Illinois Issues will examine the impact in a series we're calling Money Machines.

McLean County Republicans are fielding a candidate against the Democratic challenger who knocked off longtime County Board member Paul Segobiano in March’s primary.

Seth Perlman / AP

Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to reinstate the death penalty in Illinois for mass murderers and those who kill police officers.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Before there can be a blue wave, before it’s really the Year of the Woman, Democrats like Betsy Dirksen Londrigan have to win.

Baylee Steelman / WGLT

Democratic candidate for governor JB Pritzker said Tuesday that tax breaks shouldn't be the only option for incentives that bring new businesses to the state.

Baylee Steelman / WGLT

The Democratic candidate for the 88th Illinois House district said Thursday she believes a progressive income tax is the fairest approach to taxation.

Sam McCann Launches Independent Campaign For Governor

Apr 19, 2018
Seth Perlman / AP

Republican Sam McCann of Plainview announced Thursday that he will challenge incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic hopeful J.B. Pritzker. His running mate is Riverton resident Aaron Merreighn.

Ryan Denham / WGLT

The three candidates to become the next leader of the McLean County Democrats made their pitch Sunday to a roomful of party leaders, agreeing on the need to plan beyond November but differing slightly on a long-term winning strategy.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

National Democrats are throwing their support behind Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, adding her to a list of top-tier candidates who they think have a shot at defeating Republican incumbents in November.

Nam Y. Huh / AP

Gov. Bruce Rauner is seeking "common ground" with Republicans on divisive issues after barely surviving an insurgent challenge in Tuesday's election.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

The number of Democrats turning out for Tuesday's primary more than tripled over the number that voted in 2014.

Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Turnout in Tuesday’s election fell slightly in McLean County from the last gubernatorial primary in 2014—though a much larger percentage of voters took Democratic ballots.

Sam Dunklau / Illinois Public Radio

Betsy Dirksen Londrigan emerged victorious Tuesday in a five-way Democratic primary for the 13th Congressional District, setting up a general election matchup against U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis in November.

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