Election 2020

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A national political analyst says Republican Esther Joy King could give U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos a closer-than-expected race in the 17th Congressional District.

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As top national security officials point to Russian and Iranian meddling in the upcoming general election, Tazewell County Clerk John Ackerman is working to reassure voters their ballots are safe.

During a news conference Thursday outside the Tazewell County Courthouse in Pekin, Ackerman said his office fielded numerous calls from concerned residents after the reports of foreign interference spread.

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State Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, D-Peoria, faces Libertarian Chad Grimm in the race for the 92nd District House seat.

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East Peoria Commissioner Mike Sutherland said he's offering a "personal bounty" of $200 to people who report political sign vandalism or theft in the city to the police.

Democratic State Sen. Dave Koehler of Peoria faces a well-funded Republican challenger this year.

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More voters than ever before in Peoria and Tazewell counties are choosing to cast their ballots before Election Day, leading to some long lines at polling locations.

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In an unusually uncompetitive race for the U.S. Senate in Illinois, there is unusually harsh rhetoric coming from a major party candidate.

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The rhetoric between state Sen. Dave Koehler, D-Peoria, and his opponent, Republican Tazewell County Treasurer Mary Burress, is growing increasingly negative in the lead-up to the Nov. 3 election.

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Pre-trial defendants who remain in custody are still allowed to vote in the upcoming election, and 2020 is the first year Illinois state law mandates having a vote-by-mail option available.

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U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos said the continual back-and-forth on additional coronavirus stimulus aid is unfair to the American public.

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The combative and chaotic tone obvious during Tuesday’s presidential debate raises concerns about the future of the country’s political system, according to a Bradley University professor.

President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have their first debate Tuesday night in Cleveland.

Fox News' Chris Wallace is moderating the event, scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. ET. Debate topics will include the coronavirus pandemic, the economy and the Supreme Court.

Follow NPR's live coverage, including updates and fact checks.

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Starting Thursday, Peoria County voters who choose to have their ballot mailed to them can pop it into a new secure dropbox outside the county Election Commission office on Brandywine Drive.

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Rockford attorney David Black is running as the Illinois Green Party's candidate for U.S. Senate.

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Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride is asking voters to retain him for another 10-year term in November. The results of that race could have an impact on the partisan lean of the state's highest court for years to come.

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A letter sent by the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office is forcing local election officials to reassure citizens that they are not required to vote by mail for the November election.

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Two candidates for local office gave brief statements making their cases to voters at the League of Women Voters Greater Peoria candidate's forum Thursday night.

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Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride wants to serve on the state's high court for another 10 years.

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Despite recent sorting machine removals in Peoria and elsewhere, U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Moline, said she's confident the Post Office can handle large numbers of mail-in ballots in November.

Former Peoria Republican congressman Ray LaHood confirmed Monday he is endorsing Democratic nominee Joe Biden in November’s presidential election.

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At 93 years of age, Hettie Beers is Tazewell County's newest election judge.

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If you've voted in a recent election, you may have received a vote-by-mail application in the mail recently.

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Libertarian Chad Grimm is challenging state Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth, D-Peoria, in the November election.

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State Sen. Dave Koehler, D-Ill., said he is donating to a non-profit agency any contributions his campaign has received from power company Commonwealth Edison since 2012.

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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says Congress needs to do more to help state and local governments weather the economic turmoil wreaked by the COVID-19 pandemic.


The lobbying around the graduated income tax amendment backed by Gov. JBPritzker and Democrats is ramping up.

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The Libertarian Party of Greater Peoria is running a slate of at least eight candidates for state and county offices in November.

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The Tazewell County Board approved a $35 pay increase for election judges who worked the recent primary election.

It appears Tazewell County has a new auditor.

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It appears most Peoria County voters prefer to keep the incumbents currently holding the state's attorney and county clerk's offices.

With all precincts reporting, Peoria County State's Attorney Jodi Hoos beat challenger Chris McCall 60 to 40 percent. Incumbent County Clerk Rachael Parker defeated Gabe McLeod with 56 percent of the vote.

All four candidates are Democrats. No Republicans are running for either seat in the November general election.