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Election 2018

Meet the candidates and dig into the issues that voters will face during the November 2018 general election.

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Dan Brady and Ben Webb
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Candidates for the 105th Illinois House District set public education funding as a top priority during a GLT debate Wednesday night at Illinois State's University Galleries.

Keith Sommer speaks into mic
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Voters are accustomed to politicians who love to self-promote—the ones who call press conferences to brag about all the bills they’ve introduced, who give impassioned floor speeches ahead of a controversial vote, who blitz the media with press releases about their positions.

Mike Pence at a podium
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Vice President Mike Pence will make a stop in Springfield this week, raising money for incumbent U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis.

Jen McMillin poses
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Jen McMillin says she decided to run for office last year on the day two Democratic heavy-hitters—Lisa Madigan and Barbara Flynn Currie—announced they weren’t seeking another term.

A new statewide poll shows Republican President Donald Trump may weigh down Illinois’ GOP candidates in the midterm election.

Southern Illinois University’s Simon Institute surveyed more than 700 Illinois voters. They were asked whether President Trump’s record in office would make them more or less likely to vote for Illinois Republicans in state and Congressional races.

Secretary of State Jesse White  has held the elected office nearly two decades. This year, his Republican opponent is questioning whether White will be able to serve out another four-year term if elected.

Kathy Michael and Nikita Richards
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In the race for McLean County clerk, incumbent Republican Kathy Michael and her Democratic challenger Nikita Richards have often been at odds.

Connie Beard
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The head of the McLean County Republican Party is coming to the county clerk's defense in what's become a bitter re-election battle.

Pritzker at Normal event
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UPDATED 8:40 a.m. | The Democratic nominee for Illinois governor says he will repay the Cook County treasurer more than $330,000 worth of property-tax breaks he received in what an investigator called a "scheme to defraud" taxpayers.

Kathy Michael and Nikita Richards
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Democrat Nikita Richards says Republican McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael “broke the law” when she delayed the start of early voting last spring. Republicans say that’s a “bold lie that cannot be allowed to stand.”

Rauner deposits medicine
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Incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner visited Bloomington-Normal on Tuesday with no pitch regarding his election campaign, just five weeks away from midterms.

Allie Beam, Elli Diggins, and Gavin Cunningham of BN Youth Activists
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Student protests following the Valentine’s Day mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, have not ebbed.

The next debate for Illinois nominees for governor is this Wednesday in Chicago. But two candidates are being left out this time around.

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The U.S. House passed Tax Reform 2.0 on Friday that includes a resolution (H.R. 6760) from U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis.

Kathy Michael and Nikita Richards
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McLean County’s Ethics Commission has scheduled a meeting to review a complaint filed against County Clerk Kathy Michael.

Kathy Michael and Nikita Richards
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Local Democrats claimed Thursday they have proof McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael used her county-owned computers for political purposes and that they suspect she tried to destroy one of them to conceal evidence of it.

Voting machine
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Early voting for the midterm election starts Thursday. Voters in McLean County can head to the polls beginning at 8:30 a.m.

JB and Juliana in studio
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Democratic candidate for governor JB Pritzker unveiled his higher education plan Wednesday during a stop at Illinois State University, pledging to spend millions more on financial aid for low-income students and those considering out-of-state schools.

Dan Caulkins
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Bloomington-Normal’s two Illinois House districts are attracting a lot of attention this election season, with state Reps. Dan Brady and Keith Sommer facing their first general election challengers in years.

JB Pritzker and Bruce Rauner
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The candidates for Illinois governor clashed Thursday over taxes during their first televised debate.

Democrat J.B. Pritzker says he wants to change Illinois' flat tax to a graduated system, in which the highest earners are taxed at a higher rate than middle-class and low-income households. But he won't say what the new rates should be. He says it should be negotiated with the Legislature.

County board candidates at the forum
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The idea of a nonpartisan commission to handle elections in McLean County divided candidates Tuesday at a forum hosted by GLT and the League of Women Voters of McLean County.

Jim and David
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The McLean County Board vice chairman is responding to an allegation by his opponent in the November election that he doesn't live where he claims.

As of Monday, there are 50 days until Election Day. And in the race for Illinois governor, debate season is finally getting underway.

Jason Barickman speaks
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A day after Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “unorthodox” speech in Chicago, state Sen. Jason Barickman said he thinks the Republican incumbent needed a campaign reset and could still win in November.

Bruce Rauner at a podium
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A humbled Gov. Bruce Rauner is promising a different kind of governor in a second term.

Durbin and Richards at ISU
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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin took a break from Supreme Court fights and White House crises Monday to endorse Democratic candidate for McLean County clerk Nikita Richards.

Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan's decision to not seek re-election after over 15 years in office drew a plethora of candidates to the ballot. The last three standing, Republican nominee Erika Harold, Democratic candidate Kwame Raoul and Libertarian Bubba Harsy, continue to battle it out with just nine weeks until the general election.

Kathy Michael at podium
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The fight between Republican County Clerk Kathy Michael and the Democrats looking to unseat her escalated Tuesday as Michael claimed she’s been falsely accused of voter suppression and Democrats alleged they have proof Michael does political work on county time.

Sharon Chung gives out candy
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The Labor Day parade in Bloomington had some unusual elements this year.

Rodney Davis speaks
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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis has been added to a Republican incumbent-protection program—another sign of the national stakes in Illinois’ competitive 13th Congressional District.

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