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The former communications chair of the McLean County Democrats will now serve as party chair, filling the position vacated by Nikita Richards in November

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Main Street Republicans in Bloomington-Normal look ahead to a Joe Biden administration with a combination of fear and optimism. Several GOP members consulted by WGLT, who are not office holders and not involved in political activity, all affirmed traditional values of the party.

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After than less a year at the helm, Nikita Richards said Thursday she has resigned as chair of the McLean County Democratic Party.

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Former McLean County Democratic Party Chair Erik Rankin has dropped out of the race for McLean County circuit clerk.

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Black Lives Matter BloNo said Wednesday it was disappointed in a social media post from the McLean County Democrats that called for reframing the “Defund The Police” debate away from the word defund.

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Nikita Richards claimed victory Wednesday and will take over as chair of the McLean County Democrats heading into the November election.

Nikita and Susan
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A second candidate running for chair of the McLean County Democrats says she would tap into her expertise in organizational management to limit growing pains in a party still feeding off the election of President Donald Trump four years ago.

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UPDATED 8:45 a.m. | Things will be a little different Wednesday when McLean County’s political parties choose their leaders for the next two years.

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Come November, Illinois voters will decide whether to change the state’s income tax structure from the current flat tax to a new progressive or graduated model.

Nikita speaks into mic
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Nikita Richards says she wants to be the next chair of the McLean County Democratic Party.

Erik Rankin
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Erik Rankin said Monday he won’t be seeking another term as chair of the McLean County Democrats as he prepares for his 2020 run for circuit clerk.

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.

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.

Juliana Stratton and John Penn
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Illinois Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton rallied McLean County Democrats at the inaugural Obama Legacy Dinner in Normal on Wednesday night.

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McLean County Democrats are enthusiastic about the 2020 election but still not sure who they want on the ballot in the presidential race, according to a party official who organized a straw poll at the county fair.

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Many McLean County Democrats are taking a "wait and see" approach before choosing a candidate to support in next year's presidential primary.

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The Bloomington-Normal chapter of Black Lives Matter is teaming up with the McLean County Democrats for a Father’s Day bailout fundraising event this weekend.

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A year ago, Erik Rankin took over as Chair of the McLean County Democratic Party. In that time, Democrats have added County Board seats, elected city council members that have party values and built party infrastructure. 

Renato Mariotti speaks
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CNN legal analyst and former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti said those who oppose President Trump should not count on a special prosecutor's report or Congress to get rid of the president.

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Despite having a Democratic majority in state politics, recently sworn in Gov. JB Pritzker used words of inclusion and bipartisanship in his first public address.

Shayna and Nikita hug
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It was said to be another Year of the Woman. Following Tuesday’s midterm election, that prediction came true as more women were elected to public office across the U.S. than ever before.

JB Pritzker speaks to a crowd
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More and more money from outside McLean County—and even Illinois—is pouring into local campaigns with just weeks to go until the Nov. 6 midterm election.

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.

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A Planned Parenthood Illinois leader said her organization is embracing the liberal image opponents try to use against them.

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.

Election Security: Partisan Or Practical?

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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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McLean County Republican and Libertarian parties jointly filed an estimated 1,300 signatures Monday in support of a referendum to dissolve the Bloomington Election Commission.

At least 1,000 valid signatures are needed for Bloomington election ballots to include the referendum. It would read, “Shall the city election law be rejected?”

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The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a blow to organized labor Wednesday, ruling that requiring non-union government employees to pay dues infringes on their First Amendment rights.

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If there’s a Democratic blue wave in November, the grassroots progressive group Indivisible will get a lot of credit for stirring up the political waters.

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The McLean County Democrats picked Erik Rankin as their next party chair on Wednesday night, hoping to ride his campaign experience to victory in November and beyond.

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