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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.

HOW TO VOTE

Request mail-in ballot: Bloomington voters | Normal & McLean County voters

Early voting schedule and locations: Bloomington | Normal & McLean County

Find my polling place: Bloomington | Normal & McLean County

Sample ballot: Bloomington | Normal & McLean County

NPR SPECIAL COVERAGE

NPR and WGLT will provide live, anchored special coverage of the presidential and vice-presidential debates in September and October. Coverage is from 8-10 p.m.

  • Sept. 29
  • Oct. 7 (vice presidential)
  • Oct. 15
  • 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.

See our broadcast schedule for this year's candidate interviews.

President

Constitutional amendment (graduated/progressive income tax)

U.S. Senate

  • Dick Durbin (i) (Democrat)
  • Mark Curran (Republican)
  • Danny Malouf (Libertarian)
  • David Black (Green)
  • Willie Wilson (Willie Wilson Party)
  • Chad Koppie (Constitution)

13th Congressional District

  • Rodney Davis (i) (Republican)
  • Betsy Dirksen Londrigan (Democrat)

18th Congressional District

  • Darin LaHood (i) (Republican)
  • George Petrilli (Democrat)

88th House District

105th House District - Candidate Forum | Video

County Coroner

County Auditor - Candidate Forum | Video

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:

(i) = denotes incumbent

people holding candles
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

More than 160 candle flames flickered Saturday in Bloomington in memory of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The McLean County Board seat in District 4 representing central and northwest Normal is an opportunity for new representation. Longtime County Board member and retired Chief Circuit Judge William Caisley chose not to run again.

A McLean County Board incumbent says he's helped make county government more accessible, but his challengers say the county hasn't done enough.

Carlo Robustelli
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

McLean County Board member Carlo Robustelli has resigned, effective at the end of the month. Robustelli was not running for a new term anyway, but a new job prompted the early resignation.

The candidates vying for a McLean County Board seat representing Bloomington’s south end share visions of a cooperative approach to handling and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as a well-functioning county-run nursing home.

The two differ on their approaches and priorities representing the area.

Lea and Jordan
Courtesy

Two candidates with ties to Bloomington-Normal’s higher education institutions are vying for a chance to represent downtown and the city’s west side on the McLean County Board.

Kevin Woodard and Rob Fazzini
WGLT file photos

The two challengers seeking to become McLean County auditor both say they want politics removed from the office.

Jason Barickman speaks
Staff / WGLT

Some political observers think the announcement last week by Exelon that it will close two northern Illinois nuclear reactors is an opening bid for legislative help.

IDPH Voting Guidance Specifies Social Distancing, Recommends Masks

Aug 31, 2020
I Voted stickers on a roll
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

The Illinois Department of Public Health has released in-person voting guidelines for election authorities to curb the spread of COVID-19 this year.

A picture of Erik Rankin backed by a blue vinyl panel with party logos.
Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

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

The Bloomington City Council gave the official OK Monday night for Grossinger Motors Arena to be used as a “universal” voting site for McLean County residents on Election Day on Nov. 3.

Post office supporters
Rick Bowmer / AP

Bloomington-Normal’s two Republican congressmen were split Saturday on a measure that would infuse $25 billion into the Postal Service and block operational changes that Democrats fear could hobble mail-in voting in this November's election.

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul Joining Federal Lawsuit Against USPS

Aug 18, 2020
Kwame Raoul
Seth Perlman / AP

Operational shifts undertaken by the United States Postal Service in recent weeks, including spending cuts and equipment removal, are illegal, Illinois’ top lawyer and 13 other attorneys general argued in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday.

Kathy Michael speaks
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael says she agrees with a Brennan Center report that concludes it's more likely for an American to be struck by lightning than to commit mail voting fraud.

Kamala Harris looks up
Carolyn Kaster / AP

The Bloomington-Normal NAACP says Joe Biden's selection of Kamala Harris as his vice presidential nominee is more than historic.

Biden and Harris walk
Carolyn Kaster / AP

Avani Rai is a 15-year-old incoming sophomore at Normal Community High School who has already made a name for herself a young leader in McLean County.

post office workers
J. Scott Applewhite / AP

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis is speaking out against President Trump's threat to withhold funding from the U.S. Postal Service over mail-in voting.

TED S. WARREN / AP

Illinois election officials are raising concerns over pulling off the November election, given the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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
Courtesy Photos

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.

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