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Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 at 10:35 PM

Pritzker Wins Race for Ill. Governor, Ousting Rauner: NBC

Democrat J.B. Pritzker won the race for Illinois governor Tuesday night, NBC News projected, defeating incumbent GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner in one of the most expensive gubernatorial campaigns in U.S. history. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 at 5:04 PM

Some Cook County Polling Locations Trip Up Voters

Some Cook County Polling Locations Trip Up Voters

Several voters across Chicago have expressed frustration after saying they showed up to vote at their long-time polling locations, only to be directed to other precincts that turned them away or did not... Read »

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 at 4:41 PM

Ald. Says Music Fest Organizers Should Have Consulted Him

Ald. Says Music Fest Organizers Should Have Consulted Him

The Spring Awakening music festival is set to take place next summer in Chicago’s Douglas Park, much to the surprise of the area’s alderman. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 at 5:01 PM

Election Officials Head to Court, Investigate Voting Issues

Amid reports of polls not opening on time and voters missing ballot pages, election officials in Chicago have confirmed they plan to ask a judge to extend voting hours in at least five city locations. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 at 7:37 PM

How to Get Live Election Results for Illinois' Midterms

With some of the most expensive and hotly contested races in Illinois history now in the hands of voters, it will soon become clear who will claim victories in the pivotal midterm elections. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018 at 12:48 PM
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Photos: Voter Selfies Around Chicago Area

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Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 at 11:13 AM

Celebrate Your Vote: Election Day Deals in Chicago Area

Celebrate Your Vote: Election Day Deals in Chicago Area

Election Day is here and if the importance of voting wasn’t enough to entice you to head to the polls, there are also some sweet deals for those who vote. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 at 12:01 PM

Voters Report Trouble at Some Polling Locations

Just as voters flocked to polling places to cast their ballots on this Election Day, reports of problems trickled in. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 at 6:45 AM
Polls Open Across Illinois

Polls Open Across Illinois

The polls have opened in Illinois and voters are casting their ballots. Susan Carlson reports.  Watch »

Monday, Nov 5, 2018 at 5:31 PM

How to Find Your Polling Place in Chicago and the Suburbs

How to Find Your Polling Place in Chicago and the Suburbs

You might know you're voting in Tuesday's midterm elections, but do you know where? Read »

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