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Election 2020

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Betsy at ISU
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Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan is making a final push for college students to support her at the polls.

Man posing next to Trump flag and woman raising Black Lives Matter Flag
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A stroll through a west Bloomington neighborhood shows the deep political divide that grips much of the country as election day approaches. 

Jason Barickman speaks
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A Republican state senator from Bloomington said Tuesday that suburban Chicago candidates need to localize their elections.

Just like it was two years ago, Illinois’ 13th Congressional District is one of the most closely watched House races in the country.

State Rep. Dan Brady faces a challenge from Democrat Chemberly Cummings this fall in an Illinois House district that includes parts of Bloomington-Normal.

Mall voting location
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One in five registered voters in McLean County has already cast their ballot, and a local election official says it’s possible overall turnout will top 80%.

Dewhitt Bingham
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Panelists in a Heartland Community College discussion on voter suppression said just because governments no longer explicitly bar African Americans, women or the poor from voting, it doesn’t mean there aren’t active efforts to control who shows up at the polls. 

Rodney and Betsy
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Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan tried repeatedly Tuesday to link Rep. Rodney Davis to President Donald Trump’s track record on the pandemic, tax reform, and incivility in politics during the second debate of their high-profile rematch.

Connie, Nikita, and Ryan

McLean County’s top Democrat and Republican are making their case for and against the graduated income tax—one of the biggest issues facing voters this fall.

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U.S. representatives from central Illinois and Illinois State University President Larry Dietz said they have high hopes for a common plant they believe will be a "wonder weed," during a tour of the ISU Farms near Lexington.

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This is the first general election when Illinois jails are required to give detainees the opportunity to vote. But early signs show little change in how many ballots are actually cast from behind bars.

Early voters
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The Bloomington Election Commission plans to begin mailing supplemental mail-in ballots starting next Monday to about 9,000 voters whose initial ballots mistakenly omitted two judicial retention questions.

Nancy Pelosi

Both candidates running for the 13th Congressional District want to see the White House and congressional leaders continue negotiating on another COVID-19 relief package.

AARP, Senior Groups Stump For Graduated Tax, Address Retirement Income Claims

Oct 7, 2020
State Treasurer Michael Frerichs
Ryan Denham / WGLT

A group of retirees organized through the senior advocacy group AARP held a virtual news conference Wednesday to express support for a graduated tax constitutional amendment and opposition to a tax on retirement income – two things that they note are mutually exclusive.

Emily Bollinger / WGLT

The Bloomington Election Commission is seeking an emergency court order to allow it to mail 9,000 supplemental ballots to voters who received ballots in which two judicial retention questions were mistakenly omitted.

Betsy and Rodney

Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis and Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan debated for the first time this election cycle on Monday night in Champaign.

Hannah Beer and David Scarpelli
Hannah Beer and McLean County Libertarian Party

An Illinois State University student who is running for McLean County Board defends the county's handling of the pandemic, but she suggested more could have been done to prevent a large spike in coronavirus cases when college students returned to campus in August.

Common Sense logo

The priorities of a new political action committee are starting to take shape.

Bill Brady
Seth Perlman / AP

One of the state’s top Republicans said Friday that President Donald Trump “mishandled” his response to a question at this week’s debate about white supremacists.

Early voters
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

The Bloomington Election Commission says it will seek a judge’s approval of its plan to fix a ballot error that has temporarily halted early voting in the city.

Ken Allison
Breanna Grow / WGLT

Participants in Thursday night’s virtual Bloomington-Normal NAACP candidate forum were unified in denouncing white supremacy. 

Voters at the poll
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UPDATED 6:55 p.m. | The Bloomington Election Commission said Thursday it has suspended early voting after learning of a "glitch" with its ballots.

Abbi Sorrells
McLean County Democrats

The candidate challenging incumbent McLean County Coroner Kathy Yoder is urging voters to listen to ideas over partisan ties.

Candidates speak into mic
Ryan Denham / WGLT

The candidates for the 88th Illinois House District have different ideas on how the state can aid recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. But all three agree on one thing: state government should have acted sooner to blunt the financial blow of the virus.

More Than 2 Million Mail-In Ballots Requested In Illinois

Sep 30, 2020
i voted stickers
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

More than 2 million Illinois voters have requested vote-by-mail ballots and more than 26,000 such ballots have already been returned, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections.

President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have their first debate Tuesday night in Cleveland.

Fox News' Chris Wallace is moderating the event, scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. ET. Debate topics will include the coronavirus pandemic, the economy and the Supreme Court.

Follow NPR's live coverage, including updates and fact checks.

The three candidates
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The election is fast approaching, and the McLean County Board District 5 race to represent part of the town of Normal has three candidates running amid the pandemic: Incumbent Republican John McIntyre, Democrat Rachael Lund, and Libertarian Jo Ann Litwiller.

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The McLean County Republican Party hosted its Support the Red, White and Blue Rally on Sunday at the Corn Crib in Normal.

A candidate running in a mostly rural McLean County Board district says he hopes people will consider voting for him, even if they’ve not historically supported Democrats.

AP Photo/LM Otero

Bloomington-Normal’s colleges are striking up a friendly competition to see which school can get the most students registered to vote ahead of the November election.