2018 Illinois primary election updates and analysis

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At 10:25 p.m. on March 20, Chicago Sun-Times Editor-in-Chief Chris Fusco held up the early version of the next day’s front page declaring victory for J.B. Pritzker in the Democratic primary for Illinois governor.

On the night of March 20, the political team at the Chicago Sun-Times offered live commentary as the results rolled in for the Illinois primary election.

The livestream featured analysis anchored by Sun-Times Washington Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet and co-hosted by Sun-Times columnist and editorial board member Mary Mitchell and Tom Bevan, co-founder of RealClearPolitics.

As our journalists raced to post their stories as the votes were counted, they joined us on the live news desk to share exclusive insights on the winners and losers – and what it all means for the Illinois 2018 general election.



J.B. Pritzker runs away with Democratic gov nomination

Pritzker: ‘Everybody needs to be ready for the fight and we are’

Bruce Rauner declares victory, Jeanne Ives admits her revolt ‘fell just a bit short’

Pritzker, Rauner out early Wednesday to kick off general-election campaigns

MAP: How Chicago neighborhoods voted in the 2018 Democratic gov primary

Illinois Governor’s race: Battle of the big money candidates is now officially on

Attorney General attention: Harold’s candidacy in November could make history


Chuy Garcia claims victory in race to succeed Congressman Luis Gutierrez

Dan Lipinski edges out Marie Newman in 3rd congressional district nail-biter

Sean Casten edges Kelly Mazeski in 6th CD Democratic primary, will face Roskam

Cook County

Joe Berrios concedes in topsy-turvy assessor’s race

Raila says assessor’s race ‘tainted,’ wants federal investigation

Andrea Raila deserves answers in the botched assessor’s election

The Machine sputtered on election night, but it’s still chugging along

Toni Preckwinkle victorious despite pop tax

Cook County voters support recreational use of cannabis

Cook County Commissioner Fritchey loses, while Boykin lags in tight race

Cam Davis leads in early results of unusual write-in race

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