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Election 2018

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Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday brought his sales pitch for a state tax cut to Bloomington.

Downstate Debate Canceled After Pritzker Declines

Feb 20, 2018
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The only debate on live television planned for outside of Chicago between the Democratic candidates for Illinois governor has been canceled.

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As Bloomington-Normal debates whether to enact a Welcoming City ordinance, former Gov. Pat Quinn said there should be a bright line between local police and federal immigration officers.

State Rep. Keith Sommer said Thursday he’s taking a wait-and-see approach on many of the governor’s budget proposals laid out this week, even as Sommer’s Democratic challenger called them “insincere and disingenuous” and potentially disruptive for Illinois schools.

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delay of early voting for the primary election in McLean County has become an issue in the November race for county clerk.

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Democratic candidate for Congress Erik Jones on Sunday picked up the endorsement of his former boss, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

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Yes, McLean County Democrats are energized headed into this year’s elections. But Republicans know how to win.

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The environment, including climate change, along with maintaining and expanding healthcare coverage were among the top issues for attendees at Tuesday's GLT Candidates Forum for the five Democrats looking to unseat U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis.

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The five Democrats looking to unseat U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis echoed each other Tuesday on nearly every progressive issue—from health care to immigration—while trying to distinguish themselves using their personal and professional backgrounds.

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Democratic Illinois governor candidate J.B. Pritzker apologized Tuesday for racially insensitive comments captured on a FBI wiretap between him and then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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Early voting for the March 20 primary will not begin this week in McLean County as scheduled because of an ongoing legal fight over who’s on the ballot.

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Several Republicans called Saturday for Jeanne Ives to take down a controversial campaign video targeting Gov. Bruce Rauner that critics say depicts cartoonish, offensive versions of trans Illinoisans and women activists.

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One Democratic candidate for governor is less than impressed with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's positive tone in this week’s State of the State address and thinks it’s a sign Illinois is ready for a change in power.

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Democratic candidate for governor JB Pritzker stopped in Bloomington on Friday to deliver a fiery stump speech exclusively targeting Gov. Bruce Rauner, looking past the Democratic primary just 46 days away.

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Normal Town Council member Scott Preston said Thursday he’s considering a run for McLean County Republican Party chair.

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The Trump administration's offer to address the DACA problem of childhood immigrants comes with too steep a price tag for many Democrats.

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Illinois attorney general hopeful Erika Harold said she wants to increase efforts to stop public corruption while simultaneously staying away from partisan politics—a difficult balancing act for a Republican office holder in a blue state.

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With the primary election less than two months away, progressives in McLean County are upping the pressure on Republican office holders—or at least cardboard cutouts of them.

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A Democratic candidate for governor and part-time farmer wants Illinois to ban the use of a controversial herbicide that’s damaged crops all over the Midwest.

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U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood said he believes GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell's promise to have a vote soon on immigration will be easy to keep. That promise was part of the deal to end a brief government shutdown this week.

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Republicans and Democrats are each blaming the other party for the impasse that has caused government funding to expire and a partial government shutdown to loom on Monday.

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Calling themselves the "Bloomington-Normal Resistance," dozens of local women are planning to take to the streets at this Saturday's March to the Polls in Chicago.

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If President Donald Trump has taught us anything, it’s that the way you communicate your political beliefs matters more than ever.

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The November election race for Illinois governor cost $28 million just for the last three months of 2017.

Central Illinois Republicans are growing their campaign war chests as they prepare to defend themselves against energized challengers in the March primary and November general election.

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The surprise fifth Democrat looking to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis says she won’t take money from corporations and will fight for universal health care, tuition-free college, and publicly funded elections.

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McLean County Republican Party chairman Chuck Erickson announced Tuesday he won’t be seeking re-election to that post, leaving the local GOP with new leadership heading into a tough 2018 election cycle with many contested races.

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Fresh off their first major legislative victory since President Donald Trump took office, Republican lawmakers went on a bit of a victory tour back home during the holiday break.

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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said Wednesday that he’s not concerned by the president’s tweet sizing up America’s “nuclear button” and that he thinks the Trump’s “strong stance” on North Korea is working.

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Continuing a trend that began last spring with the Normal Township election, a number of first-time candidates who are women are running for local office.

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