Election 2020 | WGLT

Election 2020

HOW TO VOTE

Find my polling place: Bloomington | Normal & McLean County

Sample ballot: Bloomington | Normal & McLean County

KEY RACES & ISSUES

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

13th Congressional District | WGLT Debate Recap

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

18th Congressional District

88th House District - Candidate Forum | Video

105th House District - Candidate Forum | Video

County Coroner - Candidate Forum

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 6 contested races against Republicans.

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

(i) = denotes incumbent

We're also covering other important statewide and federal races:

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)
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
YouTube

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

The candidates in the Democratic presidential primary are competing in South Carolina on Saturday, hoping to win over voters in the fourth contest of 2020. Follow NPR's live coverage of the primary, including results and analysis.

Betsy
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan said there are a lot of things Congress can do to improve the U.S. health care system that stop well short of implementing a single-payer Medicare For All model.

Vote sign
Ken Chui

Undecided voters are keeping early voter participation lower than election officials in McLean County had hoped.

David Blumenshine
Ryan Denham / WGLT

An Illinois House candidate who says he wants to help Illinois dig out of debt and stop overspending has himself faced financial challenges that led to a foreclosure and bankruptcy.

The Democratic presidential primary is heading west for the third contest in the 2020 race. Nevada Democrats are hoping their caucuses avoid similar problems that plagued Iowa earlier this month.

Follow NPR's coverage for the latest updates, analysis and results as the caucuses get underway.

Betsy and Rodney at their podiums
Cindy Le / WGLT

This time two years ago, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan was caught in a costly five-way primary for the Democratic nomination in the 13th Congressional District.

Antennae on a rooftop
Tony Weber / Creative Commons

The mayor of Normal says 5G and other smart city technology developments will be the topic for the annual One Voice leadership trip to Washington, D.C.

Voting booths
Kiichiro Sato / AP

A crowded field in the Democratic race for president could gave Illinois a rare chance to influence the race for the White House, according to a political consultant who has been working on primary campaigns in the state for decades.

Republican U.S. Senate candidates
Joe Deacon / WGLT

President Donald Trump is essentially unopposed in next month’s Republican primary, but Illinois voters still have some important decisions to make.

Dan and David
Megan McGowan / WGLT

Republican David Paul Blumenshine is casting himself as the true fiscal conservative in his second bid to unseat longtime legislator Dan Brady.

Stefanie and Betsy
Jim Meadows / WILL

A candidate’s forum in Champaign Monday night featured the two Democrats competing for the chance to challenge 13th Congressional District Rep. Rodney Davis in November.

After Iowa's debacle, the Democratic presidential nominating contest has moved to New Hampshire.

Follow NPR's coverage for the latest updates and then, when the polls close in the Granite State Tuesday night, live results and analysis.

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.

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