Illinois Election 2012

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:

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 unions

Domestic 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?

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Two contentious races for State’s Attorney were decided Tuesday in Winnebago and DeKalb Counties.

Unofficial Illinois Senate Vote Totals

Nov 6, 2012

Contested Illinois Senate Races

District 25 – St.Charles-Sugar Grove

Corinne M. Pierog (D) ………………………..35,603 (42.6%)

Jim Oberweis (R) ………..…………..…………47,987 (57.4%)

District 26 – Cary-Long Grove

Amanda Howland (D) ………………………...34,461 (36.5%)

Dan Duffy (R, Inc.) ……..…………….……….59,891 (63.5%)

District 34 -- Rockford

Steve Stadelman (D)....………………………..48,915 (62.8%)

Frank Gambino (R) ……. …………….……….28,929 (37.2%)

Uncontested Illinois House Races

Nov 6, 2012

All 108 seats in the Illinois State House – two for each Legislative (or Senate) District -- are up for election following the 2011 redistricting. In the WNIJ listening area, 11 candidates are running unopposed. Nine of them are Republican incumbents, and both Democrats are incumbents as well.

The 49th Illinois House District

Matt Streb Blogs Election 2012

Nov 6, 2012

Matt Streb chairs the political science department at Northern Illinois University. He's analyzed elections for a dozen years (although he did so as an amateur since he was 2). He offers his observation on tonight's contests, with an emphasis on U.S. House races in northern Illinois. Of special consideration: The 17th, 16th, 14th, 11th, 8th & 6th Districts.

11:45 pm

Illinois' new 16th Congressional District will include parts of Rockford, DeKalb, and the LaSalle area. The old 16th is represented by Republican Don Manzullo of Egan, but last Spring he lost the primary to Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Manteno. Kinzinger was elected in 2010 to represent a neighboring district, the 11th.

Money has been pouring into one contentious Congressional race in the Chicago suburbs. National SuperPACs are fueling the negative advertising dominating the airwaves in the new 8th district, which covers an area including Schaumburg, Elgin, and Lombard.  Republican Congressman Joe Walsh faces Democrat Tammy Duckworth, an Iraqi War vet who most recently worked for the Veterans Administration in Washington.

The race for Illinois' new 11th Congressional District pits Democrat Bill Foster against Republican Judy Biggert. While on paper the district looks heavily Democratic, polls show the candidates running neck-and-neck.

State's Attorney's Race: DeKalb County

Oct 30, 2012

Republican Clay Campbell has served as DeKalb County State’s Attorney since 2010, when he won a special election. He is seeking another term. Campbell’s opponent this fall is Democrat Richard Schmack, a private attorney who has previously served as an assistant state’s attorney in DeKalb County. The two candidates were asked a set of questions by WNIJ's Mike Moen.

Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato is seeking a second term. The Democrat is being challenged by Republican Glen Weber. Listen to our full interviews with both of the candidates, as they answer questions put to them by WNIJ's Susan Stephens.

Congressional Race: 14th District

Oct 26, 2012

The race for Illinois' 14th Congressional District pits a political newcomer against a veteran Republican lawmaker. This newly drawn district covers ground in several counties, including DeKalb, Kane, McHenry and Kendall.

Democrat Leslie Coolidge is facing incumbent Republican Peter Roskam.  Coolidge, a Harvard educated CPA, says she has the fiscal wherewithal to help make the economy a priority in Washington.  Roskam campaigns in a Democrat-drawn district which largely keeps a Republican stronghold of voters. The district includes portions of McHenry and Kane counties.

Congressional Race: 17th District

Oct 22, 2012

There are several similarities between the candidates in Illinois’s 17th Congressional District, which includes Democratic-leaning chunks from Rockford and Peoria as well as wrapping through the Quad Cities and across rural northwestern Illinois.

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

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.  

More than just candidates on the ballot March 20

Mar 19, 2012

Along with the broad array of candidates seeking their party nomination to political office, a number of other issues will be presented for voters’ decisions. The most popular issue is electrical aggregation. This issue has been supported by government officials at all levels and by business and community leaders.

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.

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:

Republican Congressman Bobby Schilling is unopposed in the March 20 primary, but whoever wins the Democratic nomination will be a serious threat.  There are 3 Democrats running in the 17th District primary - Greg Aguilar, Cheri Bustos and George Gaulrapp.  NIU political scientist Matt Streb says they benefit from a traditionally Democratic district that was made even more Democratic after redistricting.   Streb talks with WNIJ's Dan Klefstad about this contest.

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.