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Election 2018

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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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Gov. Bruce Rauner stopped at the Exelon nuclear plant near Clinton on Tuesday to mark the one-year anniversary of legislation that kept a pair of Illinois nuclear facilities open.

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Residents on Bloomington's west side will be among the first to benefit from a traveling voter-registration drive on Connect Transit's new Community Bus.

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Here are the top stories we covered this week (Dec. 4 to Dec. 8, 2017) on WGLT and WGLT.org.

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Eleventh Judicial Circuit Associate Judge Bill Yoder will seek election for the resident circuit judge spot being vacated by Chief Judge Kevin Fitzgerald.

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Voters will have more choices on the ballot in 2018 when they vote for McLean County Board. Nine of 10 races will be contested.

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For Democrats across the country, Donald Trump's surprise election is a cloud over the country, but now there's a silver lining.

Eleventh Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Kevin Fitzgerald announced Tuesday he plans to retire in 2018, creating a vacancy that voters will fill in next November’s general election.

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McLean County’s top Republican has a warning for local GOP candidates running in 2018: Get ready to campaign hard, or get ready to be walloped.

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McLean County voters learned Monday they’ll have more choices on their 2018 ballots, with incumbents facing several challenges from a new cadre of Democratic women candidates and an energized Libertarian Party.

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Candidates for next year’s elections began filing their petitions Monday, setting up at least two contested races for longtime Republican state lawmakers and another one for McLean County Board.

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Voters will get their first look Monday at which candidates are planning to run in 2018 for several key races in McLean County, as the window to file nominating petitions opens.

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U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood is praising the House version of the GOP tax plan he voted for last week.

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Facebook is facing tough questions in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. Did Russians use social media to sway the election? Why is there so much fake news? Why isn’t Facebook more transparent?

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State Rep. Dan Brady said the unusually high number of veto overrides this fall was the result of lobbying by other elected officials pushing the legislation, not necessarily an indication of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s declining power among his fellow Republicans.

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Illinois’ Democratic senators on Thursday blasted dueling Republican tax reform bills, saying tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy come at the expense of middle-class taxpayers.

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The Trump administration is not just changing the civil liberties landscape in well publicized ways such as the Muslim ban and efforts to deport so-called bad hombres.

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Democratic congressional candidate Betsy Dirksen Londrigan on Saturday picked up the endorsement of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, the Democrat for whom she’s worked as a fundraiser in the past.