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Election 2020

WGLT is committed to providing the information you need about the candidates and the issues to make an informed decision in the 2020 election.

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NPR Special Coverage

NPR and WGLT will provide live, anchored special coverage of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions coming up in August, the presidential and vice-presidential debates in September and October, and Election Night itself on Nov. 3.

  • Democratic National Convention: 8-10:30 p.m. Aug. 17-20
  • Republican National Convention: Aug. 24-27, times TBD
  • Debates: 7-10 p.m. on Sept. 29, Oct. 7 (vice presidential), Oct. 15, and Oct. 22 

Listen on 89.1 FM or stream at WGLT.org. 

Key Races & Issues

The WGLT Newsroom is closely following several races on the ballot in 2020. 

President 

U.S. Senate – Democratic incumbent Dick Durbin, challengers Mark Curran (Republican), Danny Malouf (Libertarian), David Black (Green), Willie Wilson (Willie Wilson Party), and Chad Koppie (Constitution) 

13th Congressional District – Rep. Rodney Davis (Republican), challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan (Democrat) 

18th Congressional District – Rep. Darin LaHood (Republican), challenger George Petrilli (Democrat) 

Constitutional amendment (graduated/progressive income tax) 

88th House District – State Rep. Keith Sommer (Republican), challengers Karla Bailey-Smith (Democrat) and Kenneth Allison (Libertarian) 

105th House District – State Rep. Dan Brady (Republican), challenger Chemberly Cummings (Democrat) 

County Coroner – incumbent Kathy Davis (Republican), challenger Abbi Sorrells (Democrat) 

County Auditor – incumbent Michelle Anderson (Republican), challengers Rob Fazzini (Democrat) and Kevin Woodard (Libertarian)

County Circuit Clerk – incumbent Don Everhart (Republican), challenger Erik Rankin (Democrat)

McLean County Board – Republicans currently hold a 13-7 majority. For Democrats to win control, they would have to protect two Democratic seats (George Gordon/District 6 and Carlo Robustelli/District 8) and win 4 of 5 seats now held by Republicans.

WGLT is expecting contested races in the following County Board districts:

  • District 2 - Republican William Friedrich (i), Democrat Jeff Bertrand
  • District 3 - Republican George Wendt (i), Democrat R.J. McCracken, Libertarian Derek Evans
  • District 4 - Republican Adelita Cruz, Democrat Benjamin Webb
  • District 5 - Republican John McIntyre (i), Democrat Rachael Lund, Libertarian Jo Ann Litwiller
  • District 6 - Democrat Hannah Beer, Libertarian David Scarpelli
  • District 7 - Republican Jacob Beard, Democrat Val Laymon, Libertarian Darin Kaeb
  • District 8 - Republican Jordan Baker, Democrat Lea Cline
  • District 9 - Republican Susan Schafer (i), Democrat Jackie Gunderson

(i) = denotes incumbent

Ways to Connect

Madigan at a podium
John O'Connor / AP

Several McLean County Board and Bloomington City Council members are calling for Michael Madigan to step down as Illinois House speaker and leader of the Democratic Party of Illinois.

Grossinger Motors Arena at night
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Bloomington could have an additional place where any registered voter from McLean County can vote on Election Day, if the city and county agree.

Tim Mitchell standing next to American flag
Tim Mitchell

Election authorities in McLean County are mailing out tens of thousands of vote-by-mail applications to registered voters this week in advance of the Nov. 3 election.

The Libertarian Party of Greater Peoria is running a slate of at least eight candidates for state and county offices in November.

The two candidates for the 13th Congressional District say they want to improve healthcare and lower costs, but their preferred methods are very different.

Nancy Pelosi at podium
Carolyn Kaster / AP

House Democrats made good on their plans to respond to a national outcry for reform of the nation's law enforcement departments, with the chamber on Thursday approving wide-ranging efforts to overhaul the way police do their jobs.

Voting booths
Kiichiro Sato / AP

National debate over expanding mail-in ballot efforts has come to McLean County.

Nikita and Susan
Courtesy Photos

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

Many Democratic governors and a few Republican ones have called on the federal government to re-open the enrollment period for Affordable Care Act insurance programs.

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis is skeptical whether that would do much.

"I think it's obviously open to discussion, but let's not kid ourselves, just opening up the ACA is not going to provide affordable health care coverage to people who are going to have to pay outrageous amounts on the exchanges," said Davis, the incumbent Republican in the 13th Congressional District.

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.

mail-in ballots
Ted S. Warren / AP

Gov. JB Pritzker has said he wants the state to expand voting by mail for the November election, especially if COVID-19 is still keeping people at home.

Mark Curran speaks
Joe Deacon / WGLT

A former Chicago-area sheriff emerged from a crowded Republican field Tuesday in the Illinois primary, advancing to mount a longshot challenge against Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.

Biden and Sanders greet
Evan Vucci / AP

McLean County Democrats went for former Vice President Joe Biden in Tuesday’s primary election, as the coronavirus depressed turnout and support for Sen. Bernie Sanders eroded.

UPDATED 11 p.m. | Betsy Dirksen Londrigan fended off a challenge from Stefanie Smith to win the Democratic primary in the 13th Congressional District race and earn a rematch against Republican incumbent Rodney Davis of Taylorville.

McLean County Auditor Michelle Anderson survived a rare primary challenge of an incumbent countywide officeholder, defeating Trisha Malott. She’s now headed for a three-way race in November.

Illinois State University student Hannah Beer defeated longtime Democratic McLean County Board member George Gordon in Tuesday’s primary election. Democrat Lea Cline won out over Nathan “Chiko” Russo in the only other contested primary for County Board.

David Paul and Dan
Megan McGowan / WGLT

State Rep. Dan Brady beat back his Republican primary challenger for a second time Tuesday, although by a smaller margin than he did two years ago.

Voters cast ballots
Bloomington Election Commission / Facebook

The polls closed at 7 p.m. for the Illinois primary election. Here at WGLT, we're tracking several local, state, and federal races, all playing out under the long shadow of the coronavirus pandemic.

Illinois State Election Results 2020

Mar 17, 2020

Get the latest on Illinois' primary races for president, Senate and House.

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Janessa and Linda
Tiffani Jackson / WGLT

Four years ago, black voter turnout declined in the U.S. for the first time in 20 years for a presidential election. Aiming to make a comeback starting with Tuesday’s primary, black voters in Bloomington-Normal say they’re adamant about educating themselves on the issues, hoping to make strategic selections that will result in progressive policymaking in the future.

Sign outside polling place
Jacob DeGeal

Among the many uncertainties the coronavirus has created in central Illinois is election turnout.

"That is the question of the decade," said McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael.

Martin Health Center
Westminster Village

Concerns about the coronavirus prompted the two election authorities in McLean County to move several polling sites less than one week before the Illinois primary election.

In the second biggest Democratic primary night next to Super Tuesday, March 10 has six contests. Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and Washington state are choosing Democratic presidential nominees.

Follow NPR's live coverage, including results and analysis.

Stefanie Smith
Stefanie Smith for Congress / Facebook

Democratic congressional candidate Stefanie Smith says anything short of Medicare For All is not enough to fix America’s health care system.

David and Dan
Megan McGowan / WGLT

Republican challenger David Paul Blumenshine’s main criticism of state Rep. Dan Brady ahead of their March 17 primary rematch is that Brady voted to “raise our taxes 20 different ways” last year.

That is not true.

The Democratic McLean County Board candidates for downtown and the west side of Bloomington have similar positions on issues but different biographies.

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Longtime McLean County Board member George Gordon said he remains interested and engaged with public policy. He said he is running for another term to see certain projects through, such as the county's creation of several behavioral health initiatives.

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

McLean County Republican auditor candidate Trisha Malott said she wants to build relationships between the auditor's office and other county office holders and department heads.

Tuesday is the biggest primary day of the 2020 race, when 14 states are holding contests with 1,357 delegates at stake. Follow NPR's coverage for the latest news, analysis and results.

Rachel and Warren
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren has picked up a key endorsement: Rachel Lapp Whitt and Thomas Whitt of Bloomington.

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