New IL Congresswoman Criticized For Saying ‘Hitler Was Right On One Thing’

URBANA – Leaders of both major parties in Illinois condemned downstate Congresswoman Mary Miller Wednesday, for saying Adolf Hitler was “right on one thing” at a Washington D.C. rally. But Miller denies that her remark was meant to endorse any of Hitler’s ideas. Miller, a staunch supporter of Donald Trump, cited the Nazi dictator at […]

Voices From Illinois’ 15th Congressional District

Illinois’ 15th congressional district is one of two in the state where no incumbent is running. But this article is about the district itself, not candidates. All congressional districts are required to have roughly the same population, but there are no limits on territory. Illinois’ 15th District covers 14,696 square miles, or more land than […]

Democrat Erika Weaver Wants To Be Advocate For 15th Congressional District

Erika Weaver is a Democrat running for Congress in Illinois’ Republican-leaning 15th Congressional District. Weaver is an attorney with the Coles County Public Defender’s office and a member of her school board in Mattoon. And she says she wants to be her district’s advocate in Congress. “I entered this race because I really want us […]

Congressional Races Set: Miller & Weaver in 15th, Londrigan & Davis In 13th

The next person to represent Illinois’ 15th Congressional District will be a woman from Coles County. Voters in Tuesday primary election selected Republican Mary Miller and Democrat Erika Weaver to run in November. With 95% of precincts reporting, Weaver received 16,777 votes, or 51.9% of the total. She received more than twice the votes of […]

News Around Illinois – March 18, 2020

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Currently, there are 160 individuals in 15 Illinois counties who have tested positive for COVID-19. Click here for a map of the affected counties and other resources from WILL’s Coronavirus Information Center. Chicago Woman In 60s Is State’s 1st COVID-19 Patient Death CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the first death in Illinois of a […]

News Around Illinois – March 16, 2020

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Currently, there are 93 individuals in 13 Illinois counties who have tested positive for COVID-19. Click here for a map of the affected counties and other resources from WILL’s Coronavirus Information Center. Champaign County Woman Diagnosed With COVID-19 URBANA – Champaign County’s first confirmed case of COVID-19 is a woman in her fifties. She called the […]

Camargo Physician Chuck Ellington Seeks 15th District GOP Nomination

A family physician from Douglas County said he’s running for Congress because of a “failure of leadership” he sees in Washington. Dr. Charles “Chuck” Ellington lives in Camargo, with his medical practice in Arthur.  He’s also on the faculty of the SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, and holds a law license.

Mary Miller Co-Manages Farm With Husband, Now Sets Sights On Congress

Mary Miller says her bid for Congress is a case of “an ordinary person that’s stepping into an extraordinary opportunity.” Miller is the wife of first-term State Representative Chris Miller. Together, they run a grain and livestock farm outside of Oakland in Coles County.  Mrs. Miller, who has a degree in elementary education, also teaches […]

Altamont School Board Member Kerry Wolff Makes A Bid For Congress In The 15th District

There are four Republican candidates on the March 17 primary ballot for Illinois’ 15th District congressional seat. But Kerry Wolff said when incumbent John Shimkus first announced his plans to step down last August, other candidates were slow to launch their campaigns. So Wolff, who said he grew up seeing his father and other relatives […]

Democrat Kevin Gaither Making Second Bid For 15th District Seat

Kevin Gaither received 29.1% of the vote, when he challenged incumbent U.S. Rep. John Shimkus in 2018. This year, with Shimkus out of the picture, the Charleston Democrat is trying again, running against three other Democrats in the March 17 primary in Illinois’ 15th congressional district, which covers much of eastern and southeastern Illinois.

Illinois Poised To Lose Rural Congress Seat After Census

HARRISBURG – A congressional district in southern Illinois is expected to disappear following the 2020 census, raising concerns from about the redistricting process that determines the number of seats a state gets in Congress. The 15th Congressional District, which stretches across nearly 15,000 square miles of southern and central Illinois, will most likely be eliminated after […]