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Scroll down to read our reports on contests for Governor, Senator, U.S. House races and more. Then join us (#WNIJ2014Election) Tuesday evening after the polls close for live coverage as the results come in. NPR will provide special coverage of the battle for control of the U.S. Senate. Illinois Public Radio will focus on statewide races, including referenda and constitutional offices. WNIJ News has its eye on northern Illinois Congressional races, referenda and county offices.Coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. with NPR's Robert Siegel, WNIJ's Dan Klefstad and NIU political scientist Matt Streb.We invite you to join the conversation on social media, #WNIJ2014Election

Rauner Wins, Governor Quinn Won't Concede

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Republicans are in control of the governor's mansion in Illinois for the first time since 2003. But Democrat Pat Quinn isn't prepared to throw in the towel just yet. 

Bruce Rauner delivered an energetic victory speech Tuesday night to a crowd in Chicago. He even prompted a few "boos" when he mentioned that he had made two important phone calls: to the legislature's top Democrats, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton.

Governor Pat Quinn, however, refused to recognize Rauner's win. In a speech to supporters, he said he will wait until all of the votes have been counted.

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Pat Quinn's election night speech, 11/4/14. Courtesy of CLTV

Now that Rauner won the Governor's office, what's next?  NIU political scientist Matt Streb says the Republican has his work cut out for him, especially when it comes to the budget.  Streb says Rauner, a successful businessman, is used to getting his way.

"Bruce Rauner will have a bully pulpit--it will be interesting to see how he uses that bully pulpit. At the end of the day, he still has a Democratic-controlled legislature, and it's going to be very difficult for him to work with that Democratic-controlled legislature."

Streb says House Speaker Michael Madigan will be a formidable opponent on some issues.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Rauner took 51 percent of the vote. Quinn has 46 percent, while Libertarian Chad Grimm took 3 percent.

Editor's note: WNIJ's Katie Finlon contributed to this story.