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Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018 at 12:21 AM

Pritzker Wins Democratic Nomination for Ill. Governor: AP

J.B. Pritzker won the Democratic primary for Illinois governor Tuesday, the Associated Press projected, holding on to his frontrunner status through the finish line and setting the stage for what’s expected... Read »

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018 at 8:40 AM

'Literally Blood is Flowing' at Some Polling Places: Clerk

The biggest story in town on Election Day in Cook County is the “utter brawl and butality” at some polling places, an official said—but not with great specificity. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018 at 10:29 AM

Democrat Casten Wins Primary, Will Face US Rep. Roskam

Democratic voters on Tuesday chose who they want to take on U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam in the race to represent Illinois' 6th Congressional District. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 at 11:31 PM

Berrios Concedes to Kaegi in Race for Cook County Assessor

Embattled incumbent Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios conceded to challenger Fritz Kaegi in the Democratic primary on Tuesday, admitting to a stunning defeat before the votes were even totaled. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 at 10:30 PM

Voting Machine Problem in DuPage County Snarls Ballot Count

Voting Machine Problem in DuPage County Snarls Ballot Count

A voting machine problem has halted the ballot count Tuesday in DuPage County, officials said. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 at 9:44 PM

Garcia Cruises to Victory in Race to Replace Gutierrez: AP

Jesus "Chuy" Garcia won the Democratic primary for Illinois' 4th Congressional District Tuesday, the Associated Press projected, holding on to his frontrunner status in the race to replace outgoing Rep. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018 at 8:38 AM

Rep. Lipinski of Illinois Narrowly Wins Democratic Primary: AP

Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois, one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress, narrowly won a primary Tuesday over a progressive newcomer who argued the congressman's views no longer reflect the Chicago-area... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 at 11:31 PM

Preckwinkle Defeats Fioretti for Cook County Board President

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle won the Democratic primary to retain her position on Tuesday, according to unofficial results, staving off former Ald. Bob Fioretti's challenge in an election... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 at 10:16 PM

Cook County Voters Weigh in on Legalizing Marijuana

Cook County Voters Weigh in on Legalizing Marijuana

One of the biggest questions appearing on all Cook County voters’ ballots was whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana use in Illinois. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018 at 5:40 PM

See Illinois Primary Election Results

As Illinois' primary election results come in throughout the night, check them right here.

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.
Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.
Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.
Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.
Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He was the President of the United States. But at heart, Barack Obama is a Chicago politician.
Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.
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