Election 2020

WCBU is committed to bringing you NPR's special coverage of the 2020 election.

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

If you have a question for the candidates, submit them here: bit.ly/WCBUForumQs

The entire forum will be rebroadcast on WCBU 89.9 FM at 6 p.m. Sept. 23, and available on WCBU.org.

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)

NPR Special Coverage

NPR and WCBU will provide live, anchored special coverage of the presidential and vice presidential debates in September and October, and Election Night itself on Nov. 3.

Listen on 89.9 FM or stream at WCBU.org using the following schedule:


  • Sept. 29, 8–10 p.m.
  • Oct. 7, 8–10 p.m. (vice presidential debate)
  • Oct. 15, 8–10 p.m.
  • Oct. 22, 8–10 p.m.

Ways to Connect

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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.

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President Donald Trump has clinched the Republican nomination, surpassing the necessary delegate threshold in his re-election bid. 

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Joe Biden has won Illinois' Democratic presidential primary.

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Peoria County is moving three polling places as a precautionary measure to protect vulnerable people from the flu and COVID-19.

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Local election authorities are reminding people that voting by mail is an option as fears about the coronavirus, the flu, and other illnesses dominate the headlines in the lead-up to March 17's primary.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Peggy Hubbard is calling media reports on her claim she brought a gun and ammunition into a suburban Chicago high school "fake news."

17th District Republican candidate Esther Joy King landed the endorsements of two prominent rising stars in the national party.

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Five candidates are vying to become the Republican nominee to run against incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin in November.

After nearly a day-long delay, the Iowa Democratic Party started releasing results from the Monday night caucuses. The party blamed a "coding issue" with the app for its inability to release results after the caucuses, as campaigns and voters waited in anticipation.

Only 41 delegates are at stake, but Iowa is known for helping to make or break a presidential candidates' momentum. Now, the meltdown over results is prompting renewed criticism of the state's process and first-in-the-nation status.

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Illinois election officials are working to defend against foreign cyberattacks in this year's elections.

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Three Republicans made their cases for why they deserve their party's nomination for the 17th Congressional District this March.

Peoria Public Radio/Kristin McHugh

Illinois Republicans are calling for an immediate hearing after 574 non-citizens were registered to vote through the state's automatic voter registration system. 

Both Peoria County State's Attorney candidates say youth outreach is how the county can begin to reduce its rates of juveniles charged with crimes. 

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Illinois isn't typically in play in presidential primaries. Peoria, even less so.