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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 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 Senator Dick Durbin was in Springfield today (WED), casting his ballot in the 2018 Election. He says he's encouraged by early voting tallies in Illinois so far, and that immigration is now among the chief issues thanks to President Trump.


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In recent years, Illinois made it easier to vote by mail.  It appears more people are taking advantage.  

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There are Illinois connections in Friday's indictments related to Russian hacking around the 2016 elections.

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Early voting in this year’s primary election came a little late in some parts of Illinois. But officials say the polls are now officially open statewide.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has demanded Democrats send him school funding legislation, threatening to call a special session if they don't. The governor has sought to pit Downstate school school districts — and local legislators — against Chicago Public Schools.

Meanwhile, Rauner continued replacing top staff with people from a libertarian advocacy organization.