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WNIJ Election Results Live Blog

Published November 7, 2022 at 11:13 AM CST

The WNIJ News team brings you the latest mid-term election results from around Northern Illinois.

Sorenson declares win in 17th district in a pivotal Congressional race

Posted November 9, 2022 at 1:37 AM CST

Around 1:30 Wednesday morning, Democrat Eric Sorenson sent out an announcement declaring victory in the race to replace retiring Congresswoman Cheri Bustos in the sprawling 17th Congressional district. At that point, he was leading Republican Esther Joy King by less than 8,000 votes with 92% of the precincts reporting.

Here's the message Sorenson sent out to media:
“From day one, we said this campaign was about electing a Representative who was known and trusted. It was about protecting our democracy and securing reproductive rights. It was about making sure that our incredible communities are sustainable for generations to come. I am honored to be the Congressman-Elect for Illinois’ 17th Congressional District.

“Today we say loud and clear: this place is special and it’s going to be represented by someone who’s spent nearly their entire life living, working, and actively engaging in our community here, and will make sure that our community has a seat at the table. I am excited to carry on the mantle of Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and the late, great Congressman Lane Evans. I will work every day to represent our communities proud and to continue their legacies in Congress.

To the thousands of grassroots supporters across Central & Northwest Illinois who are a part of our team – the volunteers, donors, staff members, our incredible friends in organized labor, I am incredibly grateful for your time and support. I want to thank my partner Shawn and my family for their love and support throughout this process. To the wonderful people of Central & Northwest Illinois – this is for you.”

Democrats hang on to their majority on the Illinois Supreme Court

Posted November 8, 2022 at 11:11 PM CST

Democrat Alexi Giannoulias wins the race for Illinois Secretary of State

Posted November 8, 2022 at 10:17 PM CST

Bailey concedes, says he will continue to fight for Illinois

Posted November 8, 2022 at 10:01 PM CST

Results coming in for DeKalb County Clerk and board races

Posted November 8, 2022 at 9:24 PM CST

Full story: Sen. Tammy Duckworth cruises to a second term over Republican challenger Kathy Salvi

Posted November 8, 2022 at 8:45 PM CST

Full story: JB Pritzker declares victory over GOP challenger Darren Bailey

Posted November 8, 2022 at 8:44 PM CST

Reporting from our partners at WBEZ:

Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who is running for re-election as governor of Illinois, waits in line to submit his ballot at the Chicago History Museum in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. | Pat Nabong/Sun-Times
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Chicago Sun-Times
Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who is running for re-election as governor of Illinois, waits in line to submit his ballot at the Chicago History Museum in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. | Pat Nabong/Sun-Times


What's taking so long?!

Posted November 8, 2022 at 8:17 PM CST

NPR: A reminder about election results. Election results often require patience. Recent years have seen a rise in mail voting,
and states have different procedures for how ballots are processed and tallied. Keep in mind that it’s not necessarily a sign of trouble if results are not immediately available.

But when results ARE in, here is NPR's awesome election results tracker:

Bailey Campaign wants to wait out results, calls AP call "too early"

Posted November 8, 2022 at 7:48 PM CST

Jerry Nowicki, Capitol News Illinois reports that Darren Bailey's campaign manager says AP’s call is too early and they’re going to wait out results.


Early voting totals

Posted November 8, 2022 at 7:24 PM CST

Advance Votes Cast


as of Nov. 8, 2022

Total Ballots:


Absentee (mail & in person):


Early In-Person:


Source: Illinois Newsroom

Illinois midterm election results

Duckworth wins re-election for Illinois U.S. Senate seat

Posted November 8, 2022 at 7:17 PM CST

Tammy Duckworth wins. AP race called at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8, 2022.

AP: J.B. Pritzker Defeats Darren Bailey

Posted November 8, 2022 at 7:14 PM CST

The Illinois Associated Press is reporting that J.B. Pritzker has won re-election for Illinois Governor.

DeKalb County election results

Posted November 8, 2022 at 7:00 PM CST

We will be watching this site for updates on DeKalb County Clerk, county board seats and more. You can check the results as they come in:

Voter & Election Information

WBEZ/Sun-Times voter guide

Posted November 8, 2022 at 6:57 PM CST

We also really like this snapshot explaining the big races and issues on the ballot in Illinois:


Illinois Newsroom election results tracker

Posted November 8, 2022 at 6:53 PM CST

Do you want to follow along on statewide results? Check out this customizable results tracker from our partners at Illinois Newsroom:

Illinois midterm election results

Live coverage starts at 7!

Posted November 8, 2022 at 6:39 PM CST

Be sure to tune into 89.5 FM or the WNIJ.org live stream to hear local updates from local, state, and national election results. An update on the Illinois races will broadcast at 15 minutes past each hour tonight.

Questions about last minute voting?

Posted November 8, 2022 at 6:37 PM CST

We are working with America Amplified to answer live questions tonight that you might have about the midterm elections. Submit your question here: https://www.northernpublicradio.org/election

Polls close at 7 p.m. central

Posted November 8, 2022 at 6:35 PM CST

There is about a half hour until polling places close in Illinois. The State Board of Elections is tracking efforts to cause disruption to, or distrust of, the election process. If you see ads or posts that seem misleading, you can report them:

• Information that you can cast a ballot online

• Information that you can cast a ballot via text

• Incorrect requirements to vote

• Incorrect polling locations or information about closures

• Incorrect polling place hours

• Incorrect information about who is eligible to vote

Select Category: Mis/Disinformation and send date of the incident, where you saw it (provide a link if possible), and description of the incident through this form.

WNIJ Live Blog

Find your Northern Illinois election results here

Posted November 7, 2022 at 11:32 AM CST

We're warming up our keyboards and preparing for Election Day 2022. Join us at this live blog as we bring you the latest results.