Election 2020

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The League of Women Voters Greater Peoria and Fondulac District Library hosted a Candidates Forum on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m.

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Local Races

91st House District:

  • Mark Luft (R)
  • Josh Grys (D)

92nd House District:

  • Jehan Gordon-Booth (D)
  • Chad Grimm (L)

46th Senate District:

  • David Koehler (D)
  • Mary Burress (R)

Ways to Connect

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Fulton County has long been a reliable Democratic vote. In every election since 1988, the rural county just west of Peoria has turned out in force for the Democratic presidential nominee, including voting for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.

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U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos said Monday she's stepping aside as leader of the House Democrats' campaign efforts.

The Moline lawmaker said she won't run for another term as chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Though Democrats retained the House majority in 2020, the party unexpectedly lost seats in a presidential election year that ushered Joe Biden into the White House. That included several moderate Democrats holding seats in swing districts considered pivotal to Democrats' hold on the majority.

Peoria's congressional delegation is split along partisan lines when it comes to opinions on President-elect Joe Biden.

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UPDATED 7:15 P.M. | U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Moline) has been declared the winner in the race for the 17th District seat, but Republican challenger Esther Joy King is not yet acknowledging defeat.

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Peoria County again sits alone as a blue county in a ruby red region, opting for Joe Biden and down ballot Democratic incumbents.

If you're still processing the results from Election Night, you're not alone. Tim Shelley recently spoke with Bradley University political science professor Megan Remmel to break down what happened in some of the biggest races in Central Illinois.

Veteran Republican Keith Sommer won his 12th term in the Illinois Statehouse, topping Democratic challenger Karla Bailey-Smith and Libertarian Ken Allison on Tuesday.

UPDATED 1:15 A.M. | Illinois voters appear to have given U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos a fifth term representing the 17th Congressional District.

Justice Tom Kilbride of Illinois’s 3rd Judicial District has apparently come up short in his bid retain his seat on the Illinois Supreme Court for a third term.

“Though votes continue to be counted, I am disappointed in the apparent outcome. I want to thank the voters of the Third Judicial District for twice placing their faith in me to uphold the sacred principles that guide our judicial system," said Kilbride in prepared remarks.

Fourteen-year Democratic incumbent Dave Koehler of Peoria is the winner of the race for Illinois’ 46th Senate district with 54% of the vote.

Republican Mark Luft is the winner of the 91st District race to replace retiring state Rep. Mike Unes (R-East Peoria).

State. Rep. Jehan-Gordon Booth (D-Peoria) handily defeated Libertarian challenger Chad Grimm for the 92nd District seat.

Gordon-Booth has represented the district since 2009. She's run unopposed in the last several cycles, but Grimm overcame a petition challenge this year to vie against the Democrat.

Gordon-Booth won 74% of the vote versus Grimm's 26%, cruising to reelection.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin cruised to re-election Tuesday, handily winning over four lesser-known challengers.

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Nov. 3 is the final voting day of the 2020 election. The presidency as well as several key Senate, House and gubernatorial races are on the line. Follow NPR’s live coverage and results as they come in.


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Peoria-area election officials believe record vote-by-mail and early voting participation may translate to fewer people filling out ballots in person today. But for those who are heading to the polls, there is plenty they should know--beyond the candidates' positions.

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Many young people are casting their first-ever ballots this November in what's shaping up to potentially be one of the highest-turnout elections in recent memory.

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Peoria-area county sheriffs are going to have extra deputies on shifts for Election Day.

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More Peoria-area voters than ever are casting their ballots before Election Day on Tuesday.

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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.

East Peoria - City Government

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.

Peoria County

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.