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Election 2018

Governor Bruce Rauner signed a measure on Tuesday that will allow medical cannabis to be used as an alternative treatment for conditions often treated with opioids, such as cancer, HIV, Alzheimer’s and more.

Donna Boelen
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The Bloomington City Council will be losing one of its most fiscally conservative aldermen next spring when David Sage steps down after three terms.

Rodney Davis speaks to reporters
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible Russian election interference has led to five convictions coming out of President Donald Trump's inner circle.

Voter at a precinct
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Republicans and Libertarians are trying to kill the Bloomington Election Commission (BEC).

It’s not the first time someone’s wanted to do that. After all, it’s a little odd that Bloomington has its own election authority when everyone else in the county votes through the county clerk’s office.

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Republican candidate for attorney general Erika Harold said she wants a statewide grand jury to investigate cases of child sex abuse within the Catholic church in Illinois.

JB Pritzker walks at a farm
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Gov. Bruce Rauner and his Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker were minutes away from crossing paths Wednesday in Normal as they asked a tent full of farmers for their support.

Gov. Bruce Rauner with, left, Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti and attorney general candidate Erika Harold on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Springfield.
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Republican candidate for attorney general Erika Harold says her recent comments at a coal energy conference in southern Illinois are not a signal she wants to ease up on environmental law enforcement.

Jason Barickman
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After a divisive primary, Republicans worried they would not be able to come together in time to make the governor's race competitive.

Update: Congressman Rodney Davis said Levi Lovell, the staffer who was fired, was not sent by him, nor does he believe his campaign sent him, to Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen-Londrigan’s event at a Springfield bar last Wednesday.

In an interview last week, Londrigan said it is common to see political operatives affiliated with the Davis campaign at her events. On Monday, Davis said he too sees trackers at his gatherings but does not know who they are with.

“Those are some of the things, unfortunately, that are a part of politics today," said Davis. "I’d rather it not be part of politics. I’ve been screamed at so loud by supporters of those who are opposed to me that they’ve spat on me in the streets of Springfield. That’s not something we should condone and I certainly don’t condone the behavior of my former employee either.”

Davis has apologized for the incident. 

Lovell was released on bond on Thursday. The Sangamon County State’s Attorney said criminal charges have not been filed at this time.  

Previous story: The Field Director for U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis was arrested last night for aggravated battery at a campaign event for Davis' opponent.

Republicans held their annual rally at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield Wednesday with a message of party unity.  Bruce Rauner still holds the top office in state government. But as he pushes for re-election, he’s trying to appease conservatives who feel betrayed and whose support he needs to win a second term.   

In an effort to deliver a message of unity in the Republican party, both statewide and nationally, Gov. Bruce Rauner offered a rare show of support for the Commander in Chief at Wednesday's GOP rally in Springfield. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner with, left, Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti and attorney general candidate Erika Harold on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in Springfield.
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Illinois Republicans are converging on Springfield and the Illinois State Fair for Governor's Day.

The annual festivities Wednesday draw a focus on the crucial November balloting. Gov. Bruce Rauner is trying to win re-election along with a slate of statewide and congressional candidates.

Republican regulars met early Wednesday in downtown Springfield before GOP faithful hit the fairgrounds for an old-fashioned campaign rally.

Rauner was scheduled to speak at 1 p.m. The multimillionaire faces billionaire Democrat J.B. Pritzker in a tough fall campaign.

JB Pritzker speaks to a crowd
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Statewide and local Democratic candidates gathered Wednesday in Bloomington as part of a kickoff rally ahead of Democrat Day at the State Fair.

Bruce Rauner
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Gov. Bruce Rauner is spending millions of his own dollars to help fellow Republicans in the November election.

JB Pritzker and Juliana Stratton speak to a crowd in Bloomington
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Democratic candidates from across the state will converge in Bloomington-Normal next week, an uncommon occurrence in red McLean County.

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Illinois election officials are still trying to determine how best to safeguard the election process and voter data. That’s after Russians hacked the Illinois voter log in the 2016 election, exposing 76,000 voter registrations.

Some voter information, though, is not under state control.

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There are still 244 days until the next Bloomington City Council election, but three candidates have already announced plans to run.

farm field
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As Congress gets set to debate a final version of a new farm bill this summer, one of the negotiators wants to ensure job training requirements are included.

Kwame Raoul
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The Democratic candidate for Illinois attorney general said he supports much of the work Lisa Madigan has done in the 16 years in that office, but added there are some areas where he would focus more attention.

President Donald Trump speaks
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The trade partnership struck between the Trump administration and the EU this week is a “big deal” for Illinois farmers, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said Thursday during a visit with the president near St. Louis.

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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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