Elections

Complete coverage of local and national primary and general elections, including results and analysis to keep Chicago voters informed.

Within an hour of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said that he wants to expand the availability of health care professionals to handle an increase in women coming to Illinois to seek abortions and to boost funding for abortion providers.
Republican Jesse Sullivan declared, “What a beautiful day.” GOP frontrunner Darren Bailey called the Supreme Court ruling “historic and welcomed.” If either wins in November, he’d likely still face Democrats in Springfield determined to keep the state’s abortion laws and even try to expand them.
The former president apparently thinks Darren Bailey is “doing a good job,” according to an interview with The Center Square’s Greg Bishop ahead of a planned “Save America” rally on Saturday in central Illinois.
Outside money is a major factor in the Democratic primary for the new Hispanic plurality 3rd congressional district.
The announcement came rather awkwardly just five days ahead of the June 28 primary — a primary in which Griffin has contributed $53 million to the campaign of Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin, who is dropping in the polls.
Jackson, running in the Illinois 1st Congressional District, waited until days before the election to file a personal financial disclosure due in May.
The looming void left by retiring Secretary of State Jesse White has drawn an ambitious field of hopefuls — all targeting the ethical missteps or perceived failings of their rivals.
Mike Pence is traveling the country, preparing for a potential presidential bid — accusing President Joe Biden of pursuing a “radical left agenda.” But Gov. J.B. Pritzker, himself a potential Democratic White House hopeful, didn’t roll out the welcome mat: “Mike Pence is a dangerous, homophobic extremist,” Pritzker tweeted.
Ald. Pat Dowell, state Sen. Jaqueline Collins and business owner Jonathan Swain criticized the PAC bankrolled by crypto billionaire Samuel Bankman-Fried spending $500,065 to elect Jackson.
A PAC bankrolled by crypto billionaire Samuel Bankman-Fried poured $500,065 into television ads to elect Jonathan Jackson to Congress from the 1st District.
Pritzker and his aides have tamped down talk of any presidential aspirations, saying the trip was intended to help support Democrats in their fight for reproductive rights.
Thomas Maillard, running in the June 28 primary for a legislative seat in Lake County, used to work for a video gaming company run by ex-state Sen. Michael Bond.
Also among those who’ve helped his campaign in the contested June 28 Democratic primary: a lawyer who was a campaign fundraiser for ex-Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.
The Trump rally is June 25 at the Adams County Fairgrounds near Quincy.
Trump’s pressure campaign on Pence, who will travel to Chicago on Monday to deliver a major speech on the economy at the University Club of Chicago, was the focus of the Jan. 6 committee’s third hearing Thursday.
National groups with deep pockets are playing significant roles in the Democratic congressional primary fights between Reps. Marie Newman and Sean Casten in the 6th District and Delia Ramirez and Gil Villegas in the 3rd District.
Bloomington state Rep. Dan Brady and former federal prosecutor John Milhiser each say they’ve demonstrated the ability to rack up bipartisan support during lengthy, distinguished careers in central Illinois political circles.
Downstate attorney Tom DeVore is up against suburban lawyers Steve Kim and David Shestokas for the GOP nomination to take on Democratic Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul.
Venture capitalist Jesse Sullivan, former state Sen. Paul Schimpf, Hazel Crest attorney Max Solomon and businessman Gary Rabine are working to get their final messages to undecided voters. All four proudly say they voted for former president Donald Trump, are anti-abortion and pro-Second Amendment rights.
Decades ago, Chicago politicians curried favor with voters by distributing Thanksgiving turkeys and Christmas hams. Garbage cans with an office-holder’s name on it were also a frequent freebie. But, the avalanche of federal stimulus funds has allowed Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Mayor Lori Lightfoot to up the ante and then some during their re-election campaigns.
The station will be open seven days a week for commuters to cast their ballots up until Election Day on June 28.
Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi argues he has instituted key reforms in the relatively obscure office, but Democrat challenger Kari Steele, the president of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, says he’s done more harm than good.
Kathy Salvi’s campaign appears to have the fundraising edge in the GOP’s U.S. Senate primary with more than $300,000 raised. Robert “Bobby” Piton is her closest fund-raising competitor, with $168,510 raised.
In a 2021 tweet for which he has apologized, community activist Ja’Mal Green declared: “Lori Lightfoot is resigning tomorrow in a stunning end to her mayorship.” Now, Green wants to bring an “end to her mayorship” by running for the office himself, for the second time.
Nearly two-thirds of Illinois Republican voters say former President Donald Trump should run in 2024. The survey found an overwhelming majority fall into the election-denier category — believing Trump should still be in the White House.