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This is the place for stories about races for the U.S. House and the Illinois Senate and House from districts in the WNIJ listening area.As we have done in the past, WNIJ News staffers interviewed both candidates for Congress in the following districts:District 6: Peter Roskam (R,I) vs Leslie Coolidge (D) District 8: Joe Walsh (R,I) vs Tammy Duckworth (D)District 11: Judy Biggert (R, I13) vs Bill Foster (D)District 14: Randy Hultgren (R,I) vs Dennis Anderson (D)District 16: Adam Kinzinger (R,I11) vs Wanda Rohl (D)District 17: Bobby Schilling (R,I) vs Cheri Bustos (D)All candidates were asked to answer the following questions:Economy What do you see as the correct approach to handling the federal budget and deficit?Jobs What kinds of jobs would you like to see created in your district?What role should the federal government play in creating those jobs?Labor-management relations What is your position on right-to-work laws?What should the relationship be between governments and their employee unionsDomestic energy What course should the United States take on domestic energy?Social agenda How should the federal government deal with abortion rights?What role should the federal government have regarding marriage?Foreign policy What foreign policy issues do you see as paramount for the U.S.?Qualifications What sets you apart as the best choice for your district?Other What other issues do you see as important to the district, the state and the nation?

Illinois Election Night Results

Illinois Congressional Races:

17th Congressional District:

  • Bobby Schilling (R,incumbent): 115,376 (47%)
  • Cheri Bustos (D):     131,381  (53%)  (PROJECTED WINNER)

16th Congressional District:

  • Adam Kinzinger (R, incumbent):     177,621  (59%)  (PROJECTED WINNER)
  • Wanda Rohl (D):     121,652  (41%)

14th Congressional District:

  • Randy Hultgren (R, incumbent):     173,882  (58.8%)  (PROJECTED WINNER)
  • Dennis Anderson (D):     121,652  (41.2%)

11th Congressional District:

  • Judy Biggert (R, incumbent):     94,998  (42%)
  • Bill Foster (D):     130,045  (58%)  (PROJECTED WINNER)

8th Congressional District:

  • Joe Walsh (R, incumbent):     98,812  (45%)
  • Tammy Duckworth:     119,470  (55%)  (PROJECTED WINNER)

6th Congressional District:

  • Peter Roskam (R, incumbent):     190,438  (59%)  (PROJECTED WINNER)
  • Leslie Coolidge (D):     130,954  (40.7%)

State's Attorney Races:

DeKalb County:

  • Clay Campbell (R, incumbent):     19,124  (49%)
  • Richard Schmack (D):     19,876  (51%)  (PROJECTED WINNER)

Winnebago County:

  • Glen Weber (R):     47,738  (43%)
  • Joe Bruscato (D, incumbent):    62,987  (57%)  (PROJECTED WINNER)

Illinois Public Pension Amendment:  "If you believe the Illinois Constitution should be amended to require a three-fifths majority vote in order to increase a benefit under any public pension or retirement system, you should vote YES on the question.  If you believe the Illinois Constitution should not be amended to require a three-fifths majority vote in order to increase a benefit under any public pension or retirement system, you should vote NO on the question.  Three-fifths of those voting on the question or a majority of those voting in the election must vote "YES" in order for the amendment to become effective on January 9, 2013."

  • YES:     2,145,145  (56%)
  • NO:       1,688,459  (44%)

Rockford School District Bond Issue: "Shall the Board of Education of Rockford School District 205, Winnebago and Boone Counties, Illinois, build and equip additions to and alter, repair and equip school buildings, acquire one or more sites, improve sites and issue bonds of said School District to the amount of $139,000,000 for the purpose of paying the costs thereof?”

  • YES:     43,357  (64%)
  • NO:       24,510  (36%)

Follow these links for election updates on Unofficial Illinois Senate Vote Totals, Unofficial Illinois House Vote Totals, Uncontested Illinois Senate Races and Uncontested Illinois House Races.