Election 2014 http://wuis.org en Quinn, Rauner Announce Campaign Donations http://wuis.org/post/quinn-rauner-announce-campaign-donations <p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican gubernatorial challenger Bruce Rauner have filed their latest campaign reports with the state. &nbsp;</p><p>Rauner on Tuesday announced he raised more than $9 million in the first three months of the year. &nbsp;<br />Quinn says he raised $5 million in the first quarter, much of it from labor unions. He spent little of it defeat a little-known challenger in last month's Democratic primary.&nbsp; Quinn finished the quarter with $8.8 million in his campaign fund. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:46:45 +0000 Associated Press 23119 at http://wuis.org Quinn, Rauner Announce Campaign Donations Quinn, Rauner At IEA Conference - Full Audio http://wuis.org/post/quinn-rauner-iea-conference-full-audio <p>Republican Bruce Rauner and Democratic Governor Pat Quinn made their first joint appearance of the campaign when they took the stage Friday at an Illinois Education Association meeting in Chicago. More than 1,000 people were in attendance.&nbsp;</p><p>The two answered questions and also took political jabs at one another.&nbsp;IEA President Cinda Klickna moderated the question and answer session.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:08:41 +0000 Sean Crawford 23044 at http://wuis.org Quinn, Rauner At IEA Conference - Full Audio Quinn, Rauner Make First Joint Appearance http://wuis.org/post/quinn-rauner-make-first-joint-appearance <p>Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner have attacked one another for their record and positions on education.&nbsp;&nbsp; Quinn and Rauner met for the first time Friday in the 2014 campaign for<br />Illinois governor. They discussing education policy before members of the<br />Illinois Education Association in Chicago.<br />&nbsp;<br />Quinn is a Chicago Democrat seeking his second full term as governor. He says<br />Rauner is ``the biggest threat to public education in the state of Illinois.''<br />&nbsp; Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:16:59 +0000 Associated Press 22858 at http://wuis.org Quinn, Rauner Make First Joint Appearance The Stain Of Corruption: Candidate Endorsements http://wuis.org/post/stain-corruption-candidate-endorsements <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign is blasting his Republican opponent, Bruce Rauner for getting endorsed by Springfield insider William Cellini. But Quinn has his own checkered endorsement history.</p><p></p><p>Cellini, a lifelong Republican, went to prison for his role in a campaign contribution shakedown scheme tied to the administration of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:48:22 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 22683 at http://wuis.org The Stain Of Corruption: Candidate Endorsements Rauner: "I'm Not Anti Union At All" http://wuis.org/post/rauner-im-not-anti-union-all <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner says common perceptions about him have it all wrong: he's not against unions and he doesn't want to take away public workers' pensions. Rauner was in Springfield Tuesday for a Sangamon County Republican Foundation fundraiser.</p><p></p><p>Unions worked hard to prevent Rauner from getting the GOP nomination --- and why not. He constantly talked during the primary about how "government union bosses" were to blame for much of Illinois' ills.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:31:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 22599 at http://wuis.org Rauner: "I'm Not Anti Union At All" Cellini Back On The Political Scene, Backs Rauner http://wuis.org/post/cellini-back-political-scene-backs-rauner <p>Springfield powerbroker William Cellini is back on the political scene, following his release from prison late last year. He was found guilty of participating in an extortion scheme when Rod Blagojevich was governor.</p><p>Cellini attended a Sangamon County Republican Foundation event Tuesday night, which featured Bruce Rauner, the party's nominee for governor.</p><p>Cellini says he backed State Senator Kirk Dillard in the Republican primary race. But now he's behind Rauner.</p><p>"Well I've been a Republican all my life and he's the Republican candidate," Cellini said.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 05:14:13 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 22601 at http://wuis.org Cellini Back On The Political Scene, Backs Rauner Political Map Question Could Be On Fall Ballot http://wuis.org/post/political-map-question-could-be-fall-ballot <p></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:56:23 +0000 Associated Press 22189 at http://wuis.org Political Map Question Could Be On Fall Ballot Green Party Candidates Seek Place on November Ballot http://wuis.org/post/green-party-candidates-seek-place-november-ballot <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois Republicans and Democrats chose their party's nominees last week. Third-party candidates are working to join them on the November ballot.</p><p>Before they can even think about winning a statewide election, independent candidates and those from third parties have to make it on the ballot, which requires collecting at least 25,000 valid signatures, by mid-June.</p><p>Green Party candidates are beginning their petition drive.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 04:22:10 +0000 Amanda Vinicky & Hannah Meisel 21799 at http://wuis.org Green Party Candidates Seek Place on November Ballot Sen. Kirk Won't Campaign Against Durbin http://wuis.org/post/sen-kirk-wont-campaign-against-durbin <p></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:40:25 +0000 Associated Press 21552 at http://wuis.org Sen. Kirk Won't Campaign Against Durbin Rauner Introduces Democratic, Indpendent Backing http://wuis.org/post/rauner-introduces-democratic-indpendent-backing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Republicans' nominee for governor, Bruce Rauner, announced a round of new endorsements Thursday, but not from members of his own party.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rauner is suspect in the eyes of some Republicans for his ties and campaign contributions to leading Democrats, like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.</span></p><p>That may have been why his wife, Diana, wasn't often seen with him on the campaign trail leading up to the primary.</p><p>"This morning I'm here as a lifelong Democrat ..."</p> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 00:56:46 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 21661 at http://wuis.org Rauner Introduces Democratic, Indpendent Backing Listen To State Week - March 21, 2014 http://wuis.org/post/listen-state-week-march-21-2014 <p></p><p>This week, a discussion of Tuesday's election results.</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:35:45 +0000 Bob Meyer 21359 at http://wuis.org Listen To State Week - March 21, 2014 Tio Hardiman Considers Write-In Campaign For Governor http://wuis.org/post/tio-hardiman-considers-write-campaign-governor <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-fce19a07-dc93-a968-c822-beb681c1e481">Anti-violence activist <a href="http://www.hardimanforillinois.com/">Tio Hardiman</a> says he actually feels pretty good about his loss to incumbent Pat Quinn in Hardiman’s first try to become the governor of Illinois.</p><p dir="ltr">Quinn was the expected winner in the primary race Tuesday, but Hardiman says he’s proud that he was able to pull in more than 28 percent of the vote.</p><p dir="ltr">But that doesn’t mean he was comfortable with the results.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:24:11 +0000 Lauren Chooljian 21302 at http://wuis.org Tio Hardiman Considers Write-In Campaign For Governor Could Governor Candidates Spend $100 Million? http://wuis.org/post/could-governor-candidates-spend-100-million <p>Political experts anticipate the Illinois gubernatorial candidates could spend more than 100 million dollars in the next eight months.</p><p>University of Illinois Springfield political science Professor Kent Redfield says Republican nominee Bruce Rauner and incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn should attract big money from donors both in- and out of Illinois.</p><p>"It’s both a contest between these two people and the interests of the state of Illinois but it’s also drawing a national conflict involving labor and big business," he said.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:30:50 +0000 Patrick Smith 21202 at http://wuis.org Could Governor Candidates Spend $100 Million? Fresh From Win, Candidate Bruce Rauner Backs Off Government Union Rhetoric http://wuis.org/post/fresh-win-candidate-bruce-rauner-backs-government-union-rhetoric <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Now that he's the Republicans nominee, it seems like Bruce Rauner is backing away from a campaign mantra.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">During the primary race, </span>Rauner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> consistently repeated these three words:</span></p><p>"Government union bosses."</p><p>But that wasn't part of his victory speech Tuesday night. Nor did he single out unions at the GOP's unity lunch the next morning. Rather, Rauner seemed to be trying to make nice with labor.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:57:03 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 21592 at http://wuis.org Fresh From Win, Candidate Bruce Rauner Backs Off Government Union Rhetoric Rauner, Quinn Chart Course For Conflict http://wuis.org/post/rauner-quinn-chart-course-conflict <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The election returns in yesterday’s Illinois primary were not even in before the candidates for governor started attacking each other. Republicans chose wealthy investor Bruce </span>Rauner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to take on Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn. Brian Mackey looks at the surprisingly close election results, and what’s ahead for the campaign.</span></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:04:34 +0000 Brian Mackey 21156 at http://wuis.org Rauner, Quinn Chart Course For Conflict Wes Barr Wins Primary For Sangamon County Sheriff http://wuis.org/post/wes-barr-wins-primary-sangamon-county-sheriff <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Republican primary for Sangamon County sheriff went to former sheriff’s lieutenant Wes Barr.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Barr retired from the department last year and soon after announced he would run to replace the outgoing sheriff Neil Williamson, who has held the job for over 20 years. But Williamson backed his </span>undersheriff<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Jack Campbell.</span></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 05:20:48 +0000 Lee Strubinger 21154 at http://wuis.org Wes Barr Wins Primary For Sangamon County Sheriff Rutherford: 'I'm Looking Forward To Vindicating Myself' http://wuis.org/post/rutherford-im-looking-forward-vindicating-myself <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford basically conceded his campaign for governor earlier tonight.</p><p>His standing in the polls plummeted after a former employee filed a lawsuit accusing the treasurer of sexual harassment and coercing him to do political work.</p><p>Rutherford says the past few weeks have been the most challenging in his life.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 01:07:49 +0000 Brian Mackey 21150 at http://wuis.org Rutherford: 'I'm Looking Forward To Vindicating Myself' Illinois Primary Results Livefeed http://wuis.org/post/illinois-primary-results-livefeed <div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WUIS/illinois-primary-results-livefeed/embed" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WUIS/illinois-primary-results-livefeed.js"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WUIS/illinois-primary-results-livefeed" target="_blank">View the story "Illinois primary results livefeed" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 00:06:43 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21155 at http://wuis.org Voting Check-In: Primary Election Going Smoothly, Slowly http://wuis.org/post/voting-check-primary-election-going-smoothly-slowly <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The polls in Illinois are open until 7 o'clock on Tuesday. Just a fraction of registered voters have bothered showing up at recent primary elections.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Terry </span>Shryrock<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is directing traffic inside the Knights of Columbus hall on the west side of Springfield. He's spent the past 10 years as an election judge.</span></p><p>"It's fun to watch all the people come in and vote, especially when they bring in their little kids," he said. "It's very interesting."</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 21:26:52 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21141 at http://wuis.org Voting Check-In: Primary Election Going Smoothly, Slowly Rauner Nabs Republican Nomination, But Not The Dominant Win Predicted http://wuis.org/post/rauner-nabs-republican-nomination-not-dominant-win-predicted <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bruce </span>Rauner<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> narrowly won the Republican primary for governor. He'll face Governor Pat Quinn, who is aiming for a second full-term. Neither of the wins were surprising, but the margins were.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Quinn was basically guaranteed Democrat's nod, after former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley dropped out of the running in September.</span></p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:28:50 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 21591 at http://wuis.org Rauner Nabs Republican Nomination, But Not The Dominant Win Predicted Early Voting Declines From Previous Elections http://wuis.org/post/early-voting-declines-previous-elections <p>After months of campaigning, Illinois voters go to the polls Tuesday. But turnout for recent primary elections has been quite low.</p><p>Jim Tenuto, with the State Board of Elections, says fewer than one in four registered voters has pulled a primary ballot in recent years. And leading up to the primary, things have been calm this year, too.</p><p>"This election seems very quiet as far as phone calls and inquiries," he says. Tenuto says there's no way to predict turnout, but he says early voting is down 14 percent from the last election in 2012.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:00:50 +0000 Brian Mackey 21077 at http://wuis.org Early Voting Declines From Previous Elections Three of Four GOP Candidates Campaign Today http://wuis.org/post/three-four-gop-candidates-campaign-today <p></p><p>Most Republican candidates running for Illinois governor are spending the last day before the primary election day traveling around the state.&nbsp;</p><p>State Sen. Kirk Dillard plans to be in East Alton, Marion, Champaign and suburban Chicago on Monday. State Sen. Bill Brady's schedule includes stops in Springfield, Peoria, Urbana, Marion and Chicago. Businessman Bruce Rauner is wrapping up a three-day statewide tour and has a get out the vote rally Monday evening in Hickory Hills. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:51:56 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 21009 at http://wuis.org Three of Four GOP Candidates Campaign Today Candidates Hope For Luck O' The Irish http://wuis.org/post/candidates-hope-luck-o-irish <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Candidates are making their final pushes for support ahead of Tuesday's elections. It's all about getting out the vote.</p><p>As they travel the state on St. Patrick's Day, each of the Republicans seeking the party's nomination for governor are hoping for some luck they can carry over to election day.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:51:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 20987 at http://wuis.org Candidates Hope For Luck O' The Irish Where Do GOP Governor Candidates Stand On Education? http://wuis.org/post/where-do-gop-governor-candidates-stand-education <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>All four of the Republican candidates for governor have said they will make education funding a priority if elected, but they face an uphill battle finding the money to send to schools. Each of the contenders has an unique solution for fixing education funding in Illinois.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">First, some background: Illinois is ranked last in the nation when it comes to how much the state kicks in to public education.</span></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:35:33 +0000 Hannah Meisel 21039 at http://wuis.org Where Do GOP Governor Candidates Stand On Education? 13th Dist. Congressional Candidate Ann Callis Interview http://wuis.org/post/13th-dist-congressional-candidate-ann-callis-interview <p>In May of last year, Ann Callis abruptly stepped down as Madison County’s chief circuit judge in May of last year, after serving 18 years on the bench.&nbsp; The Democrat says it's time to use her experience to help people in new ways - in Illinois' 13th Congressional District.</p><p>The Democrat said it was time to 'use her experience to help people in new ways' when stepping down last year.</p><p>She entered what became a crowded field for the office, facing two other Democrats, and three Republicans, including incumbent Rodney Davis.</p><p></p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:08:00 +0000 Jeff Bossert 20655 at http://wuis.org 13th Dist. Congressional Candidate Ann Callis Interview GOP Candidates Face University of Illinois Admissions Question http://wuis.org/post/gop-candidates-face-university-illinois-admissions-question <p>The Republican contenders for governor are facing questions about their roles in a five-year-old admissions scandal at the University of Illinois. &nbsp;</p><p>The scandal involved some politicians using clout to get students enrolled. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford and state Sen. Kirk Dillard have acknowledged their names are on the list the University of Illinois maintained of lawmakers who called to check on applications. They were asked about it at a televised debate last week. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:13:21 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 20684 at http://wuis.org GOP Candidates Face University of Illinois Admissions Question "The Limit Is Winning The Race" http://wuis.org/post/limit-winning-race <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois had long been the holdout: a state without any limits on campaign contributions. Prosecutors say former Governor Rod Blagojevich took full advantage of that freedom, as he solicited donations in exchange for favors and state jobs. His arrest spurred lawmakers into action.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 20667 at http://wuis.org "The Limit Is Winning The Race" Interview With U.S. Senate Candidate Jim Oberweis http://wuis.org/post/interview-us-senate-candidate-jim-oberweis <p>Voters this month will decide the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate.&nbsp; It's a race between two suburban businessmen, Doug Truax and Jim Oberweis.<br /><br />The Oberweis name is recognizable for the Illinois based dairy business the candidate started and still owns along with an investment firm.<br /><br />Oberweis,&nbsp; 67, is also known for his previous five failed campaigns.&nbsp; That included unsuccessful attempts to run for U.S. Senate. He won a state Senate seat in 2012.&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:43:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 20324 at http://wuis.org Interview With U.S. Senate Candidate Jim Oberweis Why Are Republicans Avoiding Social Issues? http://wuis.org/post/why-are-republicans-avoiding-social-issues <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois' economy has been topic A among the men seeking the Republican nomination for governor. Getting far less attention are social issues like abortion and same-sex marriage. For a party whose rough primaries have often been compared to “circular firing squads,” the lack of focus on the topic is unusual. Brian Mackey looks at what’s behind the social silence.</span></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 20501 at http://wuis.org Why Are Republicans Avoiding Social Issues? Big Opportunity For Republicans As Poll Shows Quinn "Dread" http://wuis.org/post/big-opportunity-republicans-poll-shows-quinn-dread <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Republican race is heating up as the March 18 election nears, but Gov. Pat Quinn faces only nominal primary opposition. He's likely safe for now, but a new poll shows Quinn could have trouble holding onto his seat come the general election.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:59:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 20340 at http://wuis.org Big Opportunity For Republicans As Poll Shows Quinn "Dread"