Election 2018

Bruce Rauner and J.B. Pritzker
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Last year’s election was historic by several measures: the amount of money spent, the surge in turnout, and the Democratic sweep of Illinois government.

Every four years, the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale analyzes the election, looking at everything from spending patterns to changes in voter behavior.

The Pritzker Agenda

Jan 10, 2019
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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker takes office next week on the heels of the most decisive election victory in a generation. And he’ll be working to pass his agenda through the biggest Democratic majorities in the General Assembly since the 1960s.

That raises a question: What precisely does that agenda consist of? 

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

As we get ready to welcome 2019, we thought we’d take a few minutes to listen back to the past year in Illinois government and politics.

We heard the most expensive campaign for governor in American history, a leading politician pulling the plug on his career, and a range of accusations from hacking to harassment.

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says he tried to get out of his failed re-election campaign.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner says he tried to get out of his doomed re-election bid. In an interview with Craig Wall of WLS-TV, Chicago's ABC station, he says he tried and failed to recruit other people to take his place on the ballot.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner held his first news conference since losing re-election. He would not say why he thinks he and his fellow Republicans lost, but he did tell reporters he's “scared” for the people of Illinois.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

J.B. Pritzker and his fellow Democrats ran the table on statewide offices at this week's general election. The party also picked up two seats in Congress, increased its supermajority in the state Senate, and gained a supermajority in the Illinois House.

Many of the Democratic gains were rooted in former Republican strongholds outside Chicago. Do the election results suggest a permanent realignment? Or is it unique to the circumstances of 2018?

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

A day after defeating incumbent Bruce Rauner, Illinois Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker is beginning his transition into government.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

Billionaire J.B. Pritzker’s big investment paid off. The Illinois Democrat soundly defeated incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner Tuesday night.

It’s thought to be the most expensive governor's race in American history. And Pritzker's win gives Democrats complete control of Illinois government.

Davis Declares Victory In 13th Congressional District

Nov 7, 2018
Jaclyn Driscoll/NPR Illinois

Republican incumbent Rodney Davis from Taylorville barely squeaked out a high-stakes victory in winning a 4th term in congress.   

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Follow live results from key House races across the country in the 2018 midterm election.

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Election 2018 - U.S. Senate

Nov 6, 2018
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Follow live results from Senate races across the country in the 2018 midterm election.

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Election 2018 - Gubernatorial Races

Nov 6, 2018
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Follow live results from gubernatorial races across the country in the 2018 midterm election.

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Election 2018 - Ballot Measures

Nov 6, 2018
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Follow live results for key ballot measures and state propositions across the country for the 2018 midterm elections.

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Election 2018 - Balance of Power

Nov 6, 2018
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Track the balance of power between the major parties in Congress as results come in for House and Senate races.

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Election 2018 - Illinois Results

Nov 6, 2018
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Live election results for Illinois: Get the latest on Illinois' ballot measures and races for governor, Senate, and House. 

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Election 2018 - Live Blog

Nov 6, 2018
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Mary Hansen / NPR Illinois

Illinois election officials say there’s been a huge spike in early voting this year. But it’s not yet clear just what that means.

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Illinois’ top political candidates spent the weekend making a final push ahead of Tuesday’s election.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

In the final days of the 2018 elections, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic nominee J.B. Pritzker are making their closing arguments.

National politicians like President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden were also in Illinois in the last week, mostly to stump for Congressional candidates as Democrats and Republicans vie for control of the U.S. House.

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Sangamon County voters will be asked if Capital Township – which is completely within city of Springfield limits – should merge with the county government.

But both city and county officials say their respective government is best positioned to take over the responsibilities.

Mary Hansen / NPR Illinois

At the county health building in east Springfield, election judge trainees sit through a presentation and comb through packets of information.

On November 6, they’ll check voter rolls, hand out ballots and oversee counting machines.

One group at the training sticks out; about a dozen high school students sit together in the back of the room.

Young Bruce Rauner
WTTW

The following documentary is an in-depth look at Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Chicago-born father of six whose childhood was shaped by his mother’s mental illness and a close relationship with his grandfather.

Young J.B. Pritzker
WTTW

The following documentary is an in-depth look at Democratic candidate J.B. Pritzker, who comes from one of the richest and most philanthropic families in the country. Pritzker’s story is one of privilege, but also childhood tragedy that would go on to shape many of his personal and political views.

Bruce Rauner
Amanda Vinicky / NPR Illinois

Days before the election, a leading motorcycle group is rescinding its endorsement of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.

J.B. Pritzker
Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

Democratic nominee for governor J.B. Pritzker broke the record for self-funding this week. He’s now contributed more than $160 million to his effort to defeat incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The campaign between the two mega-wealthy candidates has featured dozens of political ads, personal attacks, and legal troubles.

Pritzker sat down with NPR Illinois to talk about what would be the priorities for the start of his administration, his plan to shift the state from a flat tax to a graduated income tax and claims of discrimination against his campaign.

Rachel Otwell / NPR Illinois

Erin Cetindag and Delaney Flattery stopped by the Sangamon County building to vote early on a recent Saturday. The two college students were home in Springfield on break from schools out-of-state.

"That was the most fun test I’ve ever taken," laughed Cetindag, a senior at American University.

"We turned it in and got stickers," Flattery, a senior at Butler University added.

When asked about the gender diversity of the candidates they just voted for, both noticed something.

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Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

The upcoming general election will decide whether Republican Bruce Rauner gets another term as Illinois governor or if the voters will choose to go with Democrat J.B. Pritzker.

But there’s one outcome of the election we already know for certain: Illinois will continue its experiment with amateur politicians running state government.

Lee Milner

The midterm elections conclude November 6. Do you know what’s on your ballot? It's not a presidential election, so why does it even matter? What impact will your vote really have?

Election day is looming and we’ve gotten questions through our

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