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Election 2020

Chiko Russo
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A McLean County Board candidate from Bloomington’s west side said he now wants to be a “positive force in my community” after being convicted of attempted murder over 20 years ago.

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McLean County’s top Republican said her party is ready to fight off Democratic challenges on several new fronts during the 2020 election.

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Another Democrat has announced plans to run in McLean County Board District 8, which includes downtown Bloomington and much of the city's west side.

UPDATED 7:20 a.m. | A long-serving Democrat on the McLean County Board is getting a primary challenger.

Rodney Davis speaks
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A national gun violence prevention group is praising U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis for his support of a new bill that would incentivize sales of safe storage devices through tax credits.

Ryan "RJ" McCracken
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A Democrat with past ties to the Republican Party has announced a run for McLean County Board.

Trisha Malott speaks
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McLean County Republican leaders say it’s time to address the “troubled auditor’s office.” They think Trisha Malott is the answer.

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McLean County Circuit Clerk Don Everhart said he’s running for a fourth term.

LaHood and Trump
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President Donald Trump is not a big fan of Chicago. But he had some kind words for two downstate lawmakers during his Windy City visit on Monday.

Erik Rankin
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McLean County Democrats are now targeting a third countywide office.

A key election watcher says the race is tightening between Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis and his Democratic challenger, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan.

County Board candidates
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The McLean County Democrats announced Friday their full slate of County Board candidates for the 2020 election, looking to chip away at the GOP’s 13-to-7 majority—or take control entirely.

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A recent study of Illinois State University shows the number of students who voted in the 2018 midterm election rose 13% from 2014.

McLean County Democrats

A Bloomington-Normal nurse has announced her candidacy for McLean County coroner.

Ellen testifies
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The chair of the Federal Election Commission said Tuesday that U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis was trying to “intimidate” her by asking for an ethics investigation into her public criticism of President Trump.

Adelita Cruz and William Caisley at news conference
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McLean County Board member William Caisley announced Thursday he won’t be seeking a fifth term next year and instead will support a political newcomer for the Republican nomination in District 4 next spring.

Stefanie Smith
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The race for the 13th Congressional District is heating up.

Republican incumbent Rep. Rodney Davis was already facing 2020 competition from Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, who he defeated by 2,000 votes in 2018. But now Londrigan could face a challenge herself—from fellow Democrat Stefanie Smith.

There’s a long history of voters promoting city council members to the Statehouse. Republican State Rep. Dan Caulkins was a Decatur City Councilman. Rep. Carol Ammons, a Democrat, served on the Urbana City Council.

Karla Bailey-Smith speaks at podium
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Democrat Karla Bailey-Smith of Bloomington made her official 2020 campaign announcement Thursday in the race for Illinois’ 88th House District.

Lea Cline
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With over a year to go until Election Day 2020, at least one contested race is shaping up for McLean County Board.

Betsy Dirksen Londrigan
Betsy Dirksen Londrigan

Democratic congressional candidate Betsy Dirksen Londrigan said she supports the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump and doesn’t think it should stop other work from getting done in Washington, D.C.

State Rep. Dan Brady announced Monday he will seek re-election in the 105th District.

1860 election
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Both major political parties could substantially change or disappear entirely after the 2020 presidential elections, according to a longtime political watcher at Illinois State University.

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McLean County Coroner Kathy Yoder announced Tuesday she will run for re-election in 2020.

Steve Suess

The chair of the McLean County Libertarian Party announced his candidacy for state party chair late Wednesday.

People in line
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Civic engagement comes with a cost, according to McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael.

It's Night 1 of two of the July Democratic debates, airing on CNN from 8 to 10 p.m. ET. The first set of 10 candidates is making their case as to why they should be the next president of the United States.

Tuesday's lineup includes a potential progressive clash between Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. It will be the first time the two share the debate state in this primary.

Updated 11:55 a.m. | A Bloomington-Normal real estate broker has thrown his hat in the ring once again in the race to unseat Republican state Rep. Dan Brady in 2020.

Democratic congressional candidate Betsy Dirksen Londrigan said the president’s racist rhetoric about four members of Congress is “very worrisome” in part because it prevents “real issues” like health care from being addressed.

Londrigan and Davis
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Betsy Dirksen Londrigan pledged to not take any money from corporate political action committees, or PACs, in her second run for Illinois’ 13th Congressional District.

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