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Voter Turnout for Illinois Primary

Mar 21, 2012

 

Illinois election officials say it appears voter turnout was weak for Tuesday's primary. 

 

Front-runner Mitt Romney called the Illinois primary an ``extraordinary victory.''

16th District candidates acknowledge results

Mar 20, 2012
Guy Stephens

... followed by a  list of area primary winners plus links to more

With a decisive victory in Illinois, Mitt Romney is firmly in the driver's seat of the Republican presidential nomination contest.

In a victory speech in Schaumburg, Ill., the former Massachusetts governor thanked his Republican opponents, but very quickly pivoted to the general election against President Obama.

"It's time to say this word," said Romney. "Enough. We've had enough... We need a president who believes in us."

This Romney speech even sounded different. With Romney restating the big ideals of his campaign, it sounded like an acceptance speech.

It's Primary Election Day in Illinois!

Mar 20, 2012

Today is primary election day in Illinois.  In addition to selecting candidates to represent their parties, Illinois citizens are voting on a variety of county and municipal referenda.  WNIJ will bring you election results after the polls close this evening, starting at 7pm.  WNIJ's Dan Klefstad will host our coverage.  He'll be joined in the studio by NIU Political Scientist Matt Streb, on-hand to analyze today's results.  We'll also have field reports from WNIJ's Susan Stephens and Guy Stephens

No Contest(s)

Mar 20, 2012

A number of candidates are running unopposed in their party’s primary.  In some cases, there is no one running in the other party’s primary, either. That could mean that, for some candidates, the fall election will be a mere formality.  

Thousands of caregivers, child protection workers, and police officers represented by the AFSCME will hold a statewide “Day of Action” Thursday. The events will demonstrate opposition to Governor Pat Quinn’s budget cuts.  Employees of the Singer Mental Health Center will hold a protest Thursday afternoon at Rockford's Zeke Giorgi Center. The Singer facility is targeted for closure.

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The new 16th Congressional District includes parts of Rockford, Dekalb, LaSalle and areas south of Chicago.  It's been represented since 1993 by Rockford-area Republican Don Manzullo.  His opponent is fellow Republican representative Adam Kinzinger.  In a recent interview with WNIJ, Kinzinger touted his accomplishments during his short time in Washington.  "I've been in Congress for 13 months.  We've changed the conversation since we've been there, myself and the freshman class, from how much more we're going to spend, how much we're going to cut and how we're going to pay for things."

GOP primary for Illinois' 33rd Senate District

Mar 14, 2012

This Republican race in Chicago's northwest suburbs pits experience against a grass-roots campaign.

There’s a three-way race among Democrats in the 34th State Senate District.

Illinois Primary Battle in 35th Senate District

Mar 12, 2012

Two incumbents square off in this hotly contested race.

WNIJ 2012 Primary Coverage

Mar 9, 2012

This is the second in our series of profiles of candidates running for the state legislature in northern Illinois.

WNIJ’s Jenna Dooley spoke with candidates Clint Little and Carl Wasco.

First audio clip is the summary story that aired 3/9/12 on WNIJ.

Second is the full interview with Little.

Third is the full interview with Wasco.

This is the first in our series of profiles of candidates running for the state legislature in northern Illinois. We start with the Democrats running for state representative in the 67th district, which covers much of Rockford. 

Here's the full interview with George Gaulrapp, one of three candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in Illinois 17th Congressional District:

Here's the full interview with Cheri Bustos, one of three candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in Illinois 17th Congressional District:

Here's the full interview with Greg Aguilar, one of three candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in Illinois 17th Congressional District:

We wrap up our profile of area Congressional races by looking at the candidates in the Democratic primary for the 17th district, which covers the northwestern section of Illinois.  WNIJ's Victor Yehling has the story:

WNIJ's Guy Stephens' interview with Jonathan Farnick, candidate in the Democratic primary for the IL 14th Congressional seat.

WNIJ's Guy Stephens' interview with Dennis Anderson, candidate in the Democratic primary for the IL 14th Congressional District seat. 

Two Democrats are vying for their party’s nomination in the race in Illinois’ 14th Congressional District.  WNIJ's Guy Stephens reports:

 

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The race for the Republican nomination in Illinois' 16th Congressional District is one of the most closely-watched in the nation.  That's according to Matt Streb, who chairs NIU's political science department.  The race is unusual because it pits two incumbent Congressmen against each other.  Streb analyzes this race in an interview with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad.

Republican Don Manzullo has represented the 16th District since 1993. 

Republican U.S. Representative, Adam Kinzinger, prepares to face longtime GOP incumbent in Illinois' primary election. 

Rod Blagojevich's prison sentence is 14 years.  His best chance of getting out early is a petition of clemency to the White House.

Blagojevich Sentenced to 14 years

Dec 7, 2011

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has been sentenced to 14 years in prison and a fine of $20,000.

Blagojevich spent about twenty minutes on the stand this morning during his sentencing, making his case for leniency from Judge James Zagel. He apologized to his family and the people of Illinois, although he said he had no intention of breaking the law.

Prosecutors sought a sentence of 15 to 20 years for Blagojevich.

Who did Condoleezza Rice loathe — and love? The former secretary of state dishes in her new book on everyone from Dick Cheney to Moammar Gadhafi.

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