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For nearly three decades, Martin Mongiello had the privilege of making meals for important people from across the country and around the world: heads of state, celebrities and even royalty.

Connie poses
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One year into the job, the chair of the McLean County GOP says she’s focused on building up her party’s ground game to push back against newly energized Democrats.

a wall of campaign signs.
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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. 

Connie Beard and Madeline Herrman
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Women are underrepresented at almost all levels of elected office.

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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.

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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.

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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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McLean County State’s Attorney Jason Chambers' resignation could provide the Republican Party an opportunity to guarantee its selected candidate stays in that position until the 2020 election.

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The potential contest to become the next McLean County Republican Party chair has evaporated.

Is American Democracy Dying?

Feb 19, 2018
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Illinois State University politics and government professor Lane Crothers has long been an observer of the American democratic system. Political events of the past year, he said, have caused him to question whether the country is experiencing the beginning of the end of democracy.

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Yes, McLean County Democrats are energized headed into this year’s elections. But Republicans know how to win.

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Both of McLean County’s major political parties will have new top leaders later this year.

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Normal Town Council member Scott Preston said Thursday he’s considering a run for McLean County Republican Party chair.

Connie poses
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If President Donald Trump has taught us anything, it’s that the way you communicate your political beliefs matters more than ever.

Connie Beard

A longtime local GOP leader said Thursday she wants to succeed Chuck Erickson as chair of the McLean County Republican Party.

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McLean County Republican Party chairman Chuck Erickson announced Tuesday he won’t be seeking re-election to that post, leaving the local GOP with new leadership heading into a tough 2018 election cycle with many contested races.

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McLean County’s top Republican has a warning for local GOP candidates running in 2018: Get ready to campaign hard, or get ready to be walloped.

A former sheriff’s deputy announced plans Wednesday to run for McLean County Board’s District 9, as Republicans try to seize the seat being vacated by Democrat Erik Rankin.