McGrath’s Narrow Lead For Circuit Clerk Holds, As Ballot Counting Continues

URBANA – The Champaign County Clerk’s office added another 1,917 ballots to its total Friday, as election workers continued to process vote by mail ballots, provisional ballots and mail ballots that had been challenged. (Find a link to the latest election totals here) Chief Deputy Clerk Angie Patton said the number of additional ballots arriving […]

Dirksen Londrigan Concedes To Davis, After 2nd Bid For Congress Fails

SPRINGFIELD – Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan thanked her supporters, volunteers and campaign staff Wednesday, after losing to Congressman Rodney Davis for a second time. And she urged voters to stay active in the political process. Two years ago, Davis defeated Dirksen Londrigan by less than one percentage point, or 2,058 votes, giving her hope for […]

Pritzker: Blame Tax-Plan Opponents For Coming Budget Pain

SPRINGFIELD – Backers of a graduated income tax constitutional amendment conceded defeat Wednesday for Gov. JB Pritzker’s marquee policy proposal which was projected to bring in more than $3 billion annually to state coffers. With 98 percent of precincts reporting, voters had rejected the amendment by a 55 percent to 45 percent margin. The Associated […]

Incumbents Win State Races, Democrats Lead Several Champaign County Races

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post will be updated as new results are available. Last updated at 4:30 a.m. Thursday 11/5. CHAMPAIGN – East-central Illinois incumbents for several state House and Senate seats have defeated their challengers.  In Champaign County, Democrats lead races for Recorder of Deeds, Auditor, Circuit Clerk and Treasurer, and voters chose to pass […]

Voters And Officials Report Smooth Election Day In Central Illinois

Editor’s note: These stories were reported by University of Illinois journalism students, with coverage coordinated by College Of Media journalism professor Chris Evans and professional journalists at Illinois Public Media. UPDATED Wednesday at 1:30 a.m.: Thousands of Mail-In Ballots Being Counted In Champaign County URBANA – Champaign County’s chief elections officer, County Clerk Aaron Ammons, says […]

In Illinois, Late-Arriving Mail-In Ballots Could Decide Close Contests

CHAMPAIGN — On Election Day 2020, there is lots of speculation on whether voters will know who they have chosen for president by Election Night, or if a final count will take longer. But for right now, let’s look at the possibility for delays in the results of other election contests, just in Illinois. Election […]

Given’s Campaign For State Senate Pits Her Against Bailey For 2nd Time

Democratic Illinois Senate candidate Cynthia Given says her Republican opponent spends too much time on divisive politics, and not enough time helping the voters of the 55th District. Hear an interview with Given: (Given’s campaign Facebook page is here. Her Instagram page is here. Given’s campaign website is here.) Given, who operates a massage therapy […]

Republicans Accuse Champaign County Clerk Of Election Misconduct

UPDATE: Nov. 3 2020 – Beginning Monday, November 2, the Champaign County Clerk will provide names and addresses of who has received vote-by-mail ballots in the county, and who has sent them back. A judge on Friday ordered County Clerk Aaron Ammons to provide the information in a public, accessible place, since his office has […]

Congressional Candidate Miller Sidesteps Debates

This article is about candidate debates — or, to be precise, candidate debates that don’t happen. Not every candidate wants the risk of confronting their opponent with all eyes upon them. 15th District congressional candidate Mary Miller has not responded to invitations to appear with her Democratic opponent, Erika Weaver, at candidate debates and forums. […]

Early Voting In Illinois Continues To Shatter Records

SPRINGFIELD – Amid a new surge in COVID-19 cases, voters in Illinois and across the nation are shattering records for early voting. As of Friday, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections, more than 1.8 million voters had already cast their ballots for the Nov. 3 general election. Nationally, the U.S. Elections Project 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 […]

Champaign County Opens More Early Voting Sites

Additional sites for early voting are opening in Champaign County on Monday, October 19. Each of the eleven early voting site is open to voters from any part of Champaign County. The Champaign County Clerk’s office will operate the sites seven days a week, and will also keep them open on Election Day, November 3rd, […]

A Tax Hike For Forest Preserves On The Champaign County Ballot

MAHOMET — The Champaign County ballot includes another tax referendum this November. If voters approve, it will mean more money for the county’s system of forest preserves, just as they are experiencing an increase in visitors. Lake of the Woods is one of those forest preserves. Located on the Sangamon River, the site includes almost […]