Election 2020

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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.

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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.

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The two Democratic candidates for Peoria County Clerk bring different philosophies on how to improve the office's operations.

Senator Chuck Weaver

State Sen. Chuck Weaver (R-Peoria) announced Thursday he's retiring at the end of his term. 

In his place, Widmer Fabrics CEO Win Stoller will fill the Republican nomination for the district, which stretches from Peoria to Galesburg. 

"With Central Illinois at a turning point, everyone must serve where they can cause positive change," Weaver said in a statement. "I believe I can now make the most positive impact closer to home by serving my community in a different position of service." 

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Moline) will run unopposed in March's Democratic primary.

Her challenger, Spanky Edwards of Peoria, was removed from contention by the Illinois State Board of Elections Thursday after a petition challenge was upheld. 

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos isn't endorsing a candidate in the Democratic presidential primary yet, but she says it's important for the eventual nominee to understand something about districts like hers.

Can an anonymous person bump a candidate off the ballot? The Illinois State Board of Elections will decide next week.

Spanky Edwards for Congress

A Peoria Democrat says the people of the 17th Congressional District need another option in the March 2020 primary besides incumbent Rep. Cheri Bustos. 

Tazewell County Treasurer Mary Burress is gearing up for a run against Democratic State Senator Dave Koehler.

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Today is National Voter Registration Day, an annual reminder to register for the first time or update your voter information.

Concerns have been raised about election hacking in the wake of the 2016 elections. As the next presidential race approaches, Tazewell County Clerk John Ackerman said there’s no need to worry about somebody changing your actual vote.