Republican Ruggieri Launches State Senate Campaign Against Bennett

A Republican challenger to State Senator Scott Bennett kicked off his campaign Thursday. Savoy Village Trustee Alexander “A.J.” Ruggieri accuses his opponent of following Democratic leaders in Chicago, instead of voters in the 52nd District. “What we have now is a senator who follows strict marching orders from the Chicago Democrat machine,” said the 43-year-old […]

Who Will Vote Before Election Day?

2020 could be the first year in which more than half of voters cast their ballot for president before polls open on Election Day. AP is tracking these changes and has crafted an interactive guide giving you everything you need to know about early voting and mail-in ballots in each state. This guide will update […]

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 […]

To Curb COVID-19 Spread, Vote-By-Mail To Play A Bigger Role In Illinois Voting

As of last August 28, election officials in Illinois had received more than a million applications for vote-by-mail ballots for the November 3rd election. The high number was hoped for, as a new state law expands the use of mail voting as a way to curb the spread of COVID-19. The Illinois State Board of […]

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis Cites Bipartisanship, Healthcare In Reelection Bid

US Rep. Rodney Davis

CHAMPAIGN – Republican Rodney Davis is running for a fifth term as the congressman from Illinois’ 13th District. In an interview with Illinois Newsroom’s Jim Meadows, Davis says the top problem on the minds of voters in his district is the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear Rep. Davis’ interview via Zoom with Illinois Newsroom’s Jim Meadows here: […]

Harris Accepts Nomination; Obama Warns Democracy On The Line

WASHINGTON — Kamala Harris has made history night as the first Black woman to accept a spot on a major party’s presidential ticket. In her highly anticipated address capping the third night of the virtual Democratic National Convention, Harris mixed her polish as a former prosecutor with deeply personal tales of her upbringing to argue […]

Carol Moseley Braun Casts IL Votes For Biden

SPRINGFIELD – A groundbreaking politician delivered the votes for Illinois during the roll call at Tuesday night’s Democratic National Convention.  Carol Moseley Braun, the first Black woman to serve in the U.S. Senate, appeared in a segment taped in front of the Old State Capitol in Springfield.  It’s the same location where Barack Obama launched […]

Dirksen Londrigan Keeps Focus On Health Care In 2nd Run For Congress

CHAMPAIGN – In the 2018 race for  U.S. Representative of Illinois’ 13th congressional district, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan narrowly lost to Republican incumbent Rodney Davis. Now, the Springfield Democrat is making another run for Davis’ seat, and once again making access to health care her main issue. Hear Dirksen Londrigan’s interview via Zoom with Illinois Newsroom’s […]

News Around Illinois – Aug. 13, 2020

Prosecutors Charge 3 With Threatening Women In R. Kelly Case NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors announced charges Wednesday against three men accused of threatening and intimidating women who have accused R&B singer R. Kelly of abuse, including one man suspected of setting fire to a vehicle in Florida. A longtime friend of the indicted […]

News Around Illinois – Aug. 11, 2020

Officials: Beach Crowds Make It Hard To Social Distance WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Social distancing is becoming a problem at Illinois beaches as large crowds flock there during the pandemic, officials said. Visitation guidelines have been changed at some Lake County beaches to accommodate visitors, some of whom are from Chicago, where beaches remain closed. […]

Meet The Women Who Could Be Joe Biden’s Running Mate

This interactive profiles some of the women Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s team has vetted in the candidate’s search for a running mate This interactive is current as of July 31, 2020 and will update as events warrant. 

Mattoon Accountant Files For Independent Statehouse Bid

MATTOON – An accountant living in Mattoon is running in the 110th Illinois House District against Republican incumbent Chris Miller. Kody Czerwonka filed ballot petitions on July 13 to run for the seat held by Miller, a first-term Republican from rural Oakland. No Democrat has filed to run for the seat, and Czerwonka says he […]