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Election 2018

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McLean County Board Chairman John McIntyre said Tuesday he is polling board members whether and how they think election functions should be combined between the clerk's office and the Bloomington Election Commission.

A lawyer from southern Illinois is leading the money race among Democrats looking to unseat U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis in the 13th Congressional District next year.

A Democratic candidate for McLean County clerk is arguing for a countywide election commission.

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Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar said Thursday he's ending his bid for the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor because he doesn't have enough money.

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When you’re running for elected office, you need to get people to sign your nominating petitions to get on the ballot. It can be a slog, with every waking moment pestering shoppers leaving grocery stores or asking your neighbors for their John Hancock.

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JB Pritzker has won another big-ticket endorsement in his campaign to win the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor.

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Republican Majority Whip Steve Scalise returned to Capitol Hill this week, and a central Illinois congressman said it was an emotional moment for him.

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A Bloomington-Normal teacher announced Tuesday he’s pulling out of the Democratic race for the 13th Congressional District.

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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz said a looming state election cycle could hold new budget negotiations hostage.

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State Sen. Kwame Raoul is running for Illinois attorney general next year, becoming the second Democratic state lawmaker to throw his hat in the ring.

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Republicans and Democrats appear headed for a contested election for McLean County Board’s District 9 seat on Bloomington’s south side.

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she's not seeking re-election for a fifth term.

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.

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Two new candidates have announced election plans to try to replace retiring State Rep. Bill Mitchell of Forsyth.

Piatt County Board Chair Randy Keith said he will run for state representative as a Republican in the 101st Illinois House District that covers portions of McLean, Champaign, Piatt, Macon, and DeWitt counties.

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A Libertarian from Bloomington has announced plans to run for the McLean County Board.

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A Colfax Republican plans to run for the McLean County Board in 2018.

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Democrat Jill Blair made it official Thursday, announcing her candidacy for the Illinois House’s 88th District, setting up state Rep. Keith Sommer’s first contested general election in a decade.

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Labor Day is typically seen as a turning point in an election year, the time when regular voters start paying attention. But for the 2018 election—still more than a year away—that adage about Labor Day may need to be updated.

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Democratic candidate for governor JB Pritzker stopped in Bloomington on Thursday to pick up a big union endorsement and lay out his plan for creating jobs in Illinois.

A Bloomington woman is planning to run for the Illinois House next year, setting up state Rep. Keith Sommer’s first contested general election in a decade.

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A fifth Democrat has announced plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis next year.

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State Sen. Daniel Biss said the reason the state government is broke is not because Illinois is a poor state. He said Illinois has a lot of economic activity.

An influential McLean County Republican leader said Thursday that the local GOP chairman should not have shared a controversial post this week on the party's Facebook page. She also said the resulting backlash was "beyond deplorable" and may energize local Republicans going into next year's elections.

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It’s been a tough week for President Donald Trump. But if you’re wondering if this is finally enough for his strongest allies in McLean County to abandon ship, it’s not.

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The McLean County Republican Party is facing criticism over a Facebook post that sided with President Donald Trump and his widely condemned “both sides” remarks in the wake of the Charlottesville violence.

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Unit 5 officials are pleased after the McLean County Board on Tuesday changed a couple of polling place locations in Normal to get them out of schools.

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Urbana attorney Erika Harold is running for Illinois Attorney General.

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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis says he was satisfied with President Donald Trump’s original comments about the race-fueled violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.

Republican David Paul Blumenshine of Normal said Friday he's strongly considering a run against state Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington, in next spring's Republican primary election.

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JB Pritzker announced his running mate Thursday as he pursues the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor.

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