Former state Rep. Nick Sauer has withdrawn from the November election ballot after an ex-girlfriend accused him of posting nude photos of her online.

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he was "deeply troubled" by President Donald Trump's seeming support for Russia and President Vladimir Putin in public comments. 

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and first lady Diana Rauner have released a partial list of donors to a $15 million renovation of the Illinois Governor's Mansion.

The second black justice in the Illinois Supreme Court's 170-year history is preparing to take the oath of office. 

Illinois Republican Party officials say they've reached an agreement to share leadership of the party, heading off a weekend fight between moderates and conservatives over who should be the next state GOP chairman.

Gov. Bruce Rauner is seeking "common ground" with Republicans on divisive issues after barely surviving an insurgent challenge in Tuesday's election.

In the 18th Congressional District race Republican incumbent Darin LaHood walked away with 79 percent of the vote over Don Reints. LaHood will look to retain his seat in the November election running against repeat Democratic contender Junius Rodriguez. Rodriguez won 42 percent of the vote in a three-way race yesterday against Brian Deters and Darrel Miller. 

The number of voters casting early ballots for the Illinois primary has far exceeded the number who voted early four years ago.

Early voting will be delayed at least one more day in Lake County.

Republican candidate for governor Jeanne Ives says her contentious campaign ad against Gov. Bruce Rauner is an "accurate representation" of policies her rival has endorsed.

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner likely considered the upcoming election while crafting the state of the state address he gave Wednesday. There's a host of Democratic candidates vying to unseat him - and a single Republican who says she wants to get him out the way during the primary this March. 

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett's son is to become the interim sheriff of Macon County in central Illinois.

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Democratic candidate for Illinois governor Ameya Pawar has selected Cairo Mayor Tyrone Coleman as his 2018 running mate.

Bradley University

Many have already cast a ballot in vote by mail or early voting. But some are still weighing their options in the final week leading up to election day.  Two Political Science Professors at Bradley University are helping us break down some of the things voters are deciding on in this election.

A Party Divided: Where Does the GOP Go From Here?

Jul 22, 2016
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Republicans returning to Illinois from the Republican National Convention remain divided despite a week that was supposed to bring unity. Trump delegates are wary of the Illinois Republican Party which has been slow to embrace their candidate. While those in the party tried to argue Trump supporters would be more successful if they embraced the party structure. Illinois Public Radio’s Tony Arnold and Lauren Chooljian report on where the two sides go from here.





A just-issued court order does away with a law that third-party candidates say makes it difficult to run for certain offices in Illinois.

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Objections to several presidential candidates that stalled Illinois’ primary election have been resolved. 

Peoria County Election Commission Executive Director Thomas Bride announced Wed. the department and the State Board of Elections are finalizing the ballot. 

Bride says voting is set to take place Tuesday, Feb. 9. 

Voting was originally scheduled to begin Feb. 4, but objections to candidate placement on the ballot put the date on hold.

Democrat Anna Moeller may have dodged a bullet as she seeks election to hold onto her seat in the Illinois House.   Rep. Moeller, who’s from Elgin, registered to run as a Democrat.  She then signed a petition in support of a Republican getting on the ballot to run for Kane County Recorder.

Ardis Interested In Exploring Another Term As Mayor

Sep 24, 2015

It’s not official who, yet, but at least four people are interested in filling Darin LaHood’s state senate seat when he resigns to join Congress in the next week.  Here are some of the next steps to fill the state position:

The 37th Senate District spans parts of ten counties in central and western Illinois. Once LaHood resigns, each of the ten county Republican Party chairs will gather to formally accept applications and review candidates.  Peoria County Republican Party chairwoman Katherine Coyle says so far three people from Peoria and one from Knox County have expressed interested in filling the post:

Illinois will hold a rare, special election primary contest Tuesday.  Voters in the 18th Congressional district will narrow the field of candidates vying to replace Peoria Republican Aaron Schock.  The special election was triggered when an ethical scandal led Schock to resign in March.  

First meeting for new county-wide election commission

May 18, 2015

A newly-formed election commission held its first meeting last week.  It’s the new group running elections for Peoria County.

New County-wide election group forms Friday

May 14, 2015

  The Board also approved setting salaries for the newly-formed County-wide Election Commission.  That includes pay for the election commissioners and executive director.  The officials transition to the new group and selection of director will take place Friday at a special meeting.

Rauner talks Schock, budget proposals in Peoria

Apr 9, 2015

Governor Bruce Rauner continues to call the resignation of former U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock an 'unfortunate situation.' Some are calling for Schock to use his own money to pay for a special election to fill the 18th District seat.  But Rauner wouldn't weigh-in either way on that possibility:

 A Peoria County-wide election commission could form as early as Mid-May.  The idea is to have the new group run the 18th Congressional District election:

Polling Place Information

Apr 7, 2015


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State and federal officials want to change the tentative dates set for a special congressional election in the 18th district.  The Department of Justice is proposing a July 7 primary and a September 10 general election to fill the post vacated by Aaron Schock, who resigned last month. Governor Bruce Rauner originally set the dates for early June and late July.  A judge must still approve the proposed dates. 

Rauner sets special election dates for Schock’s seat

Mar 31, 2015

 The special primary election to fill a vacancy in the 18th Congressional District is tentatively set for June 8th. Aaron Schock officially resigned the seatTuesday.  Governor Bruce Rauner also set the special general election for July 24th.  The timeline for candidates to file nomination papers with the state runs from April 15th to April 20th.  So far, state senator Darin LaHood and Bloomington Attorney and fellow Republican Mark Zalcman are the only two candidates officially running for the seat.  

Quinn makes first public appearance since conceding

Nov 11, 2014

In his first public appearance since conceding in his bid for re-election, Governor Pat Quinn attended a Veteran's Day ceremony in Chicago.  

Mayer, Harding retain Peoria County Board seats

Nov 5, 2014

Yesterday's election results mean no changes to the Peoria County Board. Peoria Public Radio's Alex Rusciano reports two incumbents will keep their seats for four more years: