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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 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

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

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


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

After nearly a day-long delay, the Iowa Democratic Party started releasing results from the Monday night caucuses. The party blamed a "coding issue" with the app for its inability to release results after the caucuses, as campaigns and voters waited in anticipation.

Only 41 delegates are at stake, but Iowa is known for helping to make or break a presidential candidates' momentum. Now, the meltdown over results is prompting renewed criticism of the state's process and first-in-the-nation status.

J.B. Pritzker at news conference
Megan McGowan / WGLT

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he supports legislative hearings into a computer glitch that registered some non-U.S. citizens to vote, but Pritzker said there's no need to suspend the automatic voter registration program.

John and Kathy
Dana Vollmer / WGLT / WCBU

McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael said Thursday she’s “very comfortable” with the enhanced cybersecurity protections put in place across Illinois’ election infrastructure following a 2016 breach.

Jason with Warren
Patrick Semansky / AP

Normal West students say their trip to Iowa has changed their views on the leading Democratic presidential candidates—and possibly the course of their own political life too.

Secretary of State Jesse White
Seth Perlman / AP

At least three of 16 Illinois residents who cast ballots after being mistakenly registered to vote are U.S. citizens after all, election officials said Wednesday in assessing the damage caused by an error in the state’s automatic voter registration system.

Breanna Grow / WGLT

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.

Bill Brady
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

The Illinois Senate’s top Republican said he’s disappointed so far in what he’s seen emerge out of the state’s property tax relief task force.

Nikita speaks into mic
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

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

I Voted stickers on a roll
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Quality local journalism from WGLT depends on your financial support. We need new contributors on Giving Tuesday who will give $10 a month. Please consider a contribution to keep public media strong in Central Illinois. If you already contribute to WGLT, thank you!

Rodney and Dan
Ryan Denham / WGLT

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis dug in Monday night as he again attacked the impeachment inquiry and called on Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to bring a free trade agreement to a vote.

McLean County Government Center
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

Political candidates have begun filing petitions for ballot access in the primary election next March.

Erik Rankin
Ryan Denham / WGLT

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.

Kevin Woodard stands at podium.
Woodard campaign

There are now four people from three political parties who want the job of McLean County auditor in next year's elections.

Chiko Russo
Campaign photo

A McLean County Board candidate from Bloomington’s west side said he now wants to be a “positive force in my community” after being convicted of attempted murder over 20 years ago.

Connie Beard

McLean County’s top Republican said her party is ready to fight off Democratic challenges on several new fronts during the 2020 election.

Chiko Russo
Campaign photo

Another Democrat has announced plans to run in McLean County Board District 8, which includes downtown Bloomington and much of the city's west side.

UPDATED 7:20 a.m. | A long-serving Democrat on the McLean County Board is getting a primary challenger.

Rodney Davis speaks
Ryan Denham / WGLT

A national gun violence prevention group is praising U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis for his support of a new bill that would incentivize sales of safe storage devices through tax credits.

Ryan "RJ" McCracken
McLean County Democrats

A Democrat with past ties to the Republican Party has announced a run for McLean County Board.

Trisha Malott speaks
Mary Cullen / WGLT

McLean County Republican leaders say it’s time to address the “troubled auditor’s office.” They think Trisha Malott is the answer.

Don Everhart

McLean County Circuit Clerk Don Everhart said he’s running for a fourth term.

LaHood and Trump
@RepLaHood / Twitter

President Donald Trump is not a big fan of Chicago. But he had some kind words for two downstate lawmakers during his Windy City visit on Monday.

Erik Rankin
Ryan Denham / WGLT

McLean County Democrats are now targeting a third countywide office.

A key election watcher says the race is tightening between Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis and his Democratic challenger, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan.

County Board candidates
WGLT / McLean County Democrats

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.

Staff / WGLT

A recent study of Illinois State University shows the number of students who voted in the 2018 midterm election rose 13% from 2014.

McLean County Democrats

A Bloomington-Normal nurse has announced her candidacy for McLean County coroner.

Ellen testifies
Carolyn Kaster / AP

The chair of the Federal Election Commission said Tuesday that U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis was trying to “intimidate” her by asking for an ethics investigation into her public criticism of President Trump.

Adelita Cruz and William Caisley at news conference
Eric Stock / WGLT

McLean County Board member William Caisley announced Thursday he won’t be seeking a fifth term next year and instead will support a political newcomer for the Republican nomination in District 4 next spring.

Stefanie Smith
Stefanie Smith for Congress / Facebook

The race for the 13th Congressional District is heating up.

Republican incumbent Rep. Rodney Davis was already facing 2020 competition from Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, who he defeated by 2,000 votes in 2018. But now Londrigan could face a challenge herself—from fellow Democrat Stefanie Smith.