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

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Giannoulias reports campaign war chest nearly three times the size of other three secretary of state hopefuls combined

Alexi Giannoulias reported raising $859,312.64 for the quarter that ended June 30, giving him $2,915,761.69 cash on hand. Rival Anna Valencia reported pulling in $226,273 during the second quarter and had $593,981.36 on hand.

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Kelly barred from raising money for state elections — but does FEC ruling encourage ‘more voices’ or muffle hers?

"What we’re doing in this advisory opinion is turning the party chairmanship in Illinois into a purely honorary role," FEC Commissioner Trey Trainor said.

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New Dem Party chair to get no seat at table for state fund raising? FEC expected to rule on Kelly role Thursday

Carol Ronen, a Democratic state central committee who supported U.S. Rep Robin Kelly’s bid to lead the party, predicted the FEC ruling would leave Democrats "pleased." But Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough, who supported a rival candidate, suggested, "We’ve got some decisions to make."

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GOP state voting restrictions ‘un-American,’ Biden declares

President Joe Biden, who has proclaimed protecting ballot access the central cause of his presidency, has faced sharp criticism from allies for not doing more, though political headwinds and stubborn Senate math have greatly limited its ability to act.

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Ex-Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards dies at 93

Edwards died of respiratory problems with family and friends by his bedside, family spokesman Leo Honeycutt said.

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Bernie Sanders tweets support for striking Cook County workers

"It’s outrageous that Cook County received $1 billion from the American Rescue Plan but still refuses to negotiate a fair deal for workers," the senator from Vermont tweeted Saturday.

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Duckworth backs Valencia for Illinois secretary of state, calling city clerk ‘next-generation leader’ 

Duckworth, who is seeking a second term herself, is the first statewide elected official to weigh in on the heated four-way Democratic primary race for secretary of state.

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West Side nurse launches primary bid against Pritzker, aiming to become Illinois’ first Black woman governor

Beverly Miles says she thinks billionaire Gov. J.B. Pritzker has done "a phenomenal job" but thinks "it should be the working people in office for the working people."

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Giannoulias picks up Laborers’ Union support as ‘hands down the right candidate’ for Illinois secretary of state

The endorsement is likely to come with boots on the ground support, and the union’s deep pockets will mean money for ads for the June 2022 primary as well as the November election.

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Lightfoot, lawmakers hold ‘robust’ but ‘cordial’ meeting on elected school board bill Pritzker is on verge of signing

"This is obviously something that we’ve never done before," said state Rep. Kam Buckner, one of the Chicago Democrats who met with Mayor Lori Lightfoot. "This is brand new, and new things are scary."

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Politics isn’t child’s play, but new campaign finance rule hopes to make it more family friendly

As part of a sweeping election bill recently signed into law, women and men with young children will be able to use their campaign funds for child care expenses

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Reports detail tense moments with Georgia election monitors

While transparency is imperative throughout the election process and monitors are necessary, political parties must do a better job of vetting and training their monitors and explaining exactly what their role is, election monitor Carter Jones wrote.

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Fact-check: Did GOP lawmakers push for independent map commission?

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Illinois Republicans didn’t make any effort to get an independent group to redraw Illinois’ legislative districts. But that ignores legislation proposed and promoted by the GOP.

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Democrats plow fertile political ground in secretary of state race, but still face ‘long row to hoe’

Former state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias has important early leads in endorsements and fundraising in the secretary of state’s race. Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia has also won crucial endorsements. But observers agree the race remains anyone’s game.

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GOP sues Democrats over new legislative maps, arguing citizens were ‘robbed’ and deserve ‘their day in court’

State Rep. Lisa Hernandez, D-Cicero, chair of the House Redistricting Committee said Republicans are "doing everything in their power to block a map that reflects the true diversity of Illinois in hopes that they get a chance to single handedly draw a map for their political gain." 

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Lawmakers back to Springfield next week: Elected Chicago school board, energy among bills ‘at the top of our list’

House Speaker Emanuel "Chris" Welch has already predicted that a measure creating a 21-member board will pass the state’s lower legislative chamber. Illinois Senate President Don Harmon touted a "landmark clean energy plan that both protects thousands of jobs and moves Illinois responsibly toward the future."

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Virginia voters picking Democratic nominee for governor

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime Democratic Party fundraiser who previously held office from 2014 to 2018, is seeking a rare return to the governor’s mansion in the only state that prohibits its chief executive from serving consecutive terms.

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Valencia paints vision of secretary of state’s office with reduced language barriers, better library hours and more digital access

Valencia officially launched her campaign Monday at the headquarters of the Painters District Council 14, one of the unions backing her run.

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Democrats call Pritzker’s signature on new legislative maps a ‘win for the people,’ but GOP dubs it ‘blatant effort to kill democracy’

Pritzker signed the three new maps outlining new boundaries for districts for the General Assembly, the Illinois Supreme Court and the Cook County Board of Review. The hotly contested political maps will chart the next decade of elections in Illinois.

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Pritzker says he will announce his political plans ‘shortly’

Virtually no one in politics has any doubts Pritzker will seek a second term – only wondering when he will make it official – but the governor portrayed himself as still mulling it over. "I have not [decided to run], I’m talking to my family about that, and I promise you there will be some decision about that shortly," Pritzker told the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Talk of Trump 2024 run builds as legal pressure intensifies

Trump would be 78 years old on Inauguration Day in 2025 — the same age as Democrat Joe Biden on his own Inauguration Day this year — and multiple Republicans are already making moves for runs of their own.

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Welch’s first session wielding speaker’s gavel: Did he take ‘a great step?’ Or follow in Madigan’s footsteps?

Illinois House Speaker Emanuel "Chris" Welch and the super-majority he now leads passed a bevy of bills during the first legislative session with Welch at the helm. Democrats say he did it with a "refreshing" collaborative approach. But Republicans say, for them the new boss is the same as the old boss.

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For Black Voters Matter, the goal is greater community power

A year after George Floyd’s murder galvanized public attention to racial injustices, amid a barrage of restrictive voting laws being passed by state legislatures, LaTosha Brown’s group is redoubling its march toward its North Star: increasing the political power of Black communities.

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Biden pushes for US voting rights law as restrictions mount

President Joe Biden, marking the centennial in Oklahoma on Tuesday, called out lawmakers in Congress for holding up action on voting bills.

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Texas walkout escalates voting battles

The rebellion gave Democrats and voting rights allies nationwide a morale-raising moment. But the walkout in Texas is likely only a fleeting victory.

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Illinois lawmakers OK moving 2022 primary to June; governor still must sign

If Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs the measure, the 2022 Illinois primary would move to June 28, Election Day would become a state holiday for schools and universities and dates for circulating candidate petitions would change.

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Black women’s next targets: Governorships and Senate seats

State Senator Jennifer McClellan’s candidacy alongside fellow primary candidate Jennifer Carroll Foy demonstrates the rising political power of Black women, long a foundation of Democratic victories, and more recently, as candidates and officeholders, from Vice President Kamala Harris to mayors in Atlanta, Chicago and San Francisco.

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Dems walk, stop Texas GOP’s sweeping voting restrictions

The revolt is one of Democrats’ biggest protests to date against GOP efforts nationwide to impose stricter election laws, and they used the spotlight to urge President Joe Biden to act on voting rights.

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Remap moves ahead: Democrats send new legislative maps to Pritzker’s desk — over GOP objections

The House passed the maps shortly before 10 p.m. on a straight, partisan 71 to 45 vote. They passed the state Senate in the same fashion earlier in the day. "We are not going to let Republicans gridlock the process, solely for political gains," state House Speaker Emanuel "Chris" Welch said minutes before the vote. "It’s not going to happen. Not here. Period."

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Remap redo: Democrats ‘proud’ of revised legislative maps — but GOP dubs it another ‘poor excuse for democracy’

After hours of hearings this week in which legislators were told to reverse course on maps released a week ago, Democrats released a redistricting redo that they said reflects "testimony provided the last couple of days from members of the public’’ as well as "concerns raised by Republicans."

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Auditors find no fraud in disputed New Hampshire election

"We found no evidence of fraud or political bias," Mark Lindeman, one of the three auditors and the acting co-director of Verified Voting, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization, said.

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Dems draw new maps for ‘equal representation’ on state’s top court — but draw GOP’s ire for ‘political gamesmanship’

Democrats say populations shifts over the past ten years have caused large fluctuations among the existing court districts, but Republicans say the proposed boundaries are "the latest example of the extraordinary lengths the corrupt political class will go to keep control of power."