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Illinois Election 2022: Live blog, updates, results and more

This is a live blog of stories, social media posts, and embedded information chronicling Election Day 2022 from Illinois Public Media journalists. Tonight, you can count on us to keep you up-to-date with: National @NPR coverage on WILL-AM 580 + FM 90.9 Our VOTE 2022: Election Night Special at 8 pm on WILL-TV with @NewsHour […]

Illinois Democrats maintain control of all levers of state government

SPRINGFIELD – As votes continued to be tallied Wednesday, returns showed Illinois Democrats would hold every statewide elected office and maintain supermajorities in the General Assembly while extending their majority on the Illinois Supreme Court. After a fiery election night speech in which Gov. JB Pritzker excoriated the Republican Party as “unwilling to expel the […]

Democrat and first-time candidate Nikki Budzinski prevails in IL-13 race

SPRINGFIELD — “Thank you, and then let’s get to work,” Nikki Budzinski said on Election Night to a cheering crowd at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. Budzinski had a lot to celebrate. She successfully flipped Illinois’ 13th congressional district blue after it being a Republican stronghold for years. Most recently, five-term Republican Rep. Rodney Davis […]

Biden set to hold a press conference on midterm elections results

President Biden is set to hold a press conference at the White House following Democrats’ better-than-expected performance in the 2022 midterms. Though Democrats are expected to lose control of the House of Representatives, control of the Senate is still up in the air. Several key Senate races, including those in Nevada and Arizona, remain too […]

Eric Sorensen declares victory in 17th Congressional District

MOLINE — Democrat Eric Sorensen has declared victory in the 17th Congressional District. His opponent, Republican Esther Joy King, called to concede Wednesday morning. “This morning, my opponent Esther Joy King called to concede. I thank her for running, and while we disagreed on the issues, we both have a passion for service,” Sorensen said […]

Democrat Alexi Giannoulias wins race for Illinois secretary of state

Former Illinois Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias ran a well-funded campaign against veteran Illinois legislator Dan Brady, a Republican, to succeed the retiring Jesse White. CHICAGO –Alexi Giannoulias’ last run for office — in 2010, for President Barack Obama’s former U.S. Senate seat — ended in stinging defeat that halted his political career. Until Tuesday, at least, […]

Budzinski flips 13th Congressional District from red to blue

SPRINGFIELD – Voters in Illinois’ recently redrawn 13th congressional district elected a Democrat on Tuesday night. Republican congressman Rodney Davis represented the district for 5-terms. But now the district will flip blue after first-time candidate Nikki Budzinski secured victory by more than 20,000 votes. Budzinski is a former aide to Governor JB Pritzker and President […]

JB Pritzker declares victory over GOP challenger Darren Bailey

Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker declared victory in his reelection bid over Republican downstate state senator Darren Bailey — in an apparent victory that also clears a path to any future political aspirations. The Associated Press called the race at 7 p.m., based on exit polling. With 20% of precincts reporting, Pritzker led Bailey 60.6% to […]

Sen. Tammy Duckworth cruises to a second term over Republican challenger Kathy Salvi

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth on Tuesday coasted to a second term, fending off a challenge from Republican challenger Kathy Salvi to extend her historic Senate career another six years. A spokesperson for Salvi’s campaign said the challenger had called to concede less than an hour after the polls closed. Duckworth declared victory shortly before […]

Security expert questions election official’s claim of cyber-attack

URBANA – The Champaign County Clerk’s offices reported Tuesday that they seemed to be the victim of a cyberattack on Election Day. The attack, according to a media advisory, resulted in “connectivity issues and computer server performance.” The advisory stated: “These cyber-attacks are a strategic and coordinated effort to undermine and destabilize our democratic process. […]

Danville election officials adapt to new laws, report a smooth day of voting

DANVILLE – Election officials in Danville said they had to adapt to new voting laws during this year’s midterms on Tuesday. In June, Illinois Senate Bill 825 allowed for several changes to state voting laws. One allows voters to get absentee ballots every year if they sign up just one time. Vermillion County Supervisor of […]