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Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Governor's Race: Quinn vs. Rauner

Governor's Race: Quinn vs. Rauner

Governor Pat Quinn is locked in a contentious election battle with wealthy venture capitalist Bruce Rauner for control of the state’s future. Read »

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 12:43 PM

14th Congressional District: Hultgren vs. Anderson

14th Congressional District: Hultgren vs. Anderson

This district crosses outer Chicago counties including Kane, DeKalb, Lake and McHenry, and includes the cities Aurora, Geneva and Crystal Lake. Read »

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 12:43 PM

15th Congressional District: Thorsland vs. Shimkus

15th Congressional District: Thorsland vs. Shimkus

This massive eastern Illinois district covers a whopping 32 counties including Champaign, Vermillion and Johnson, and cities such as Effingham, Danville and Rantoul. Read »

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 12:42 PM

17th Congressional District: Bustos vs. Schilling

17th Congressional District: Bustos vs. Schilling

The boundaries of this district were recently redrawn to cover the northern part of the state and cities including Rock Island, Moline and portions of Peoria and Rockford. Read »

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 12:42 PM

11th Congressional District: Foster vs. Senger

11th Congressional District: Foster vs. Senger

This district encompasses portions of counties including Cook, DuPage and Kane, and includes the cities Naperville, Aurora and Joliet on the western and southwestern outskirts of Chicago. Read »

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Comptroller Race: Judy Baar Topinka vs. Sheila Simon

Comptroller Race: Judy Baar Topinka vs. Sheila Simon

The battle over the "Comptroller" gig—which oversees the state's finances and acts in the capacity of an accountant-in-chief—pits Republican incumbent Judy Baar Topinka against Democratic challenger Sheila... Read »

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Attorney General Race: Madigan vs. Schimpf vs. Koyl

Attorney General Race: Madigan vs. Schimpf vs. Koyl

The daughter of Illinois' powerful Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan—widely maligned for his Machiavellian tactics—three-term Attorney General Lisa Madigan holds a stark advantage over challengers Paul... Read »

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Secretary of State Race: White vs. Webster vs. Michel

Secretary of State Race: White vs. Webster vs. Michel

Jesse White, seeking a fifth term as Illinois' Democratic Secretary of State, has a comfortable lead over rivals Mike Webster, a Republican, and Christopher Michel, the Libertarian Party nominee. Read »

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Treasurer Race: Tom Cross vs. Michael Frerichs

Treasurer Race: Tom Cross vs. Michael Frerichs

The gloves are off in the increasingly bitter treasurer contest between Republican state Rep. Tom Cross and Democratic state Sen. Michael Frerichs. Read »

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Rush Looks to Maintain Congressional Seat

Rush Looks to Maintain Congressional Seat

Democrat Bobby L. Rush and Republican candidate Jimmy Lee Tillman II will be battling at the voter box in November. Read »

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