The news and information you need to know to make your choices in the Illinois primary. Early voting has begun, and election day is March 19.

Running in the Democratic primary for Cook County state’s attorney are Clayton Harris III, a university lecturer, and Eileen O’Neill Burke, a former Illinois Appellate Court judge.
Cunningham seeks to hold onto the position she was appointed to in 2022, but Reyes says it’s time for a Latino justice on the state’s highest court.
With more than 100,000 mail-in ballots outstanding, the fate of Bring Chicago Home is not yet known. See a breakdown of the votes that have been counted.
Incumbent Commissioner Tara Stamps has less campaign money than her Democratic challenger, but Stamps does have the blessing of County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.
Incumbent Iris Martinez took on her own party and won four years ago. Now, she faces another tough fight from her own party for reelection.
Cook County tax appeal official Larry Rogers faces challenger Larecia Tucker.
State Sen. Natalie Toro and Chicago Teachers Union organizer Graciela Guzman reprise their battle for a pivotal Logan Square seat. The heavyweight political fight also includes Dr. Dave Nayak and Geary Yonker
Incumbent Sonya Harper touts her efforts to expand community gardening and urban agriculture in a district desperately lacking groceries and healthy food options. Challenger Joseph Williams was elected last year to the 7th District Police Council.
The 36th Illinois House district touches Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood but mostly encompasses the southwest suburbs from south suburban Evergreen Park to Palos Hills.
U.S. Rep. Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia challenged from the right by Ald. Raymond Lopez.
Rep. Sean Casten faces political newcomer Mahnoor Ahmad and Charles Hughes with the war in Gaza emerging as a focal point.
U.S. Rep. Danny Davis faces a hard reelection fight as he tackles challenges from four fellow Democrats.
Longtime Rep. Bill Foster and challenger Qasim Rashid face off in 11th District primary, differ over Gaza war.
Trump-backed U.S. Rep. Mike Bost touts experience amid challenge from ‘outsider’ Darren Bailey.
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4th District | Democratic

The 4th Congressional District, which stretches across the Southwest Side and western suburbs, has more Latinos than any other in Illinois, and who wins could signal which wing of the Democratic Party the district is swaying toward.


Jesus “Chuy” Garcia

Raymond A. Lopez

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7th District | Democratic

Democratic incumbent Rep. Danny Davis, 82, is vying to hold onto his near three-decade grip on Illinois’ 7th District. But the 14-term incumbent faces a challenge from four other Democrats in this hotly contested primary election.


Nikhil Bhatia

Kina Collins

Melissa Conyears-Ervin

Danny Davis

Kouri Marshall

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11th District | Democratic

The race represents one of the largest congressional districts overlaying Chicago’s collar counties. Here are the candidates running against seven-term Democratic Rep. Bill Foster.


Bill Foster

Qasim Rashid

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On Monday afternoon, Welch raises money for the People for Emanuel ‘Chris’ Welch committee, with the ask ranging from $1,000 for a ticket to $68,500 from a political action committee.
The statewide voter turnout of 19.07% is the lowest for a presidential primary election since at least 1960, according to Illinois State Board of Elections figures.
Democrats are deeply focused on Wisconsin and Michigan to help bolster President Joe Biden’s re-election chances — and officials, in town for meetings hosted by the Democratic National Convention Committee, say they plan on showing voters a deep party contrast.
If Daniel Boland’s petition drive collects 56,464 valid signatures by Aug. 5, the question could go on the November ballot. But that would just give Chicago voters the power to remove a mayor via recall, which they don’t now have.
In Chicago, the Democratic National Committee leaders will pick the members of the party’s platform, rules and credentials committees at the last party meeting before the August convention to renominate President Joe Biden.
In an exclusive interview, Dan K. Webb, who was in charge of creating the vetting process for the No Labels third-party run, tells Michael Sneed “the ticket came this/close to reality weeks ago.”

Commentary, analysis and explainers exploring critical issues facing our democracy and the search for solutions.

Threats and harassment are more common against officeholders who are people of color, a University of Illinois Chicago professor writes.
This is not some dry, academic question, writes Max Stier of the Partnership for Public Service. It’s an issue in the upcoming presidential election, with profound consequences for the capability of our government to solve critical problems.
Voter turnout is always low in primary elections, and Tuesday was an extreme example. Ranked choice voting is one idea that could boost turnout and decrease partisanship and negative campaigning.
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Protesters, residents and other DNC observers would be prohibited from bringing laptops, large bags, scooters and other items into certain areas closest to convention attendees under a proposed ordinance.
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel, the former Chicago mayor, brought his wife Amy and two of their children to the dinner.
The Constitution does not give Congress the authority to regulate abortion. It’s an issue for the states.
The county’s Democratic Party will pick a temporary replacement for Yarbrough, who had more than two years left on her term.
Pro-Palestinian protesters greeted Biden outside the Drake Hotel on the Gold Coast, where the president had a campaign meeting before making remarks at the fundraiser.
A Chicago fundraiser for President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign is expected to collected $2.5 million for the Biden Action Fund, a joint fundraising committee consisting of the Biden for President operation and the Democratic National Committee.
The 10th District, where Che “Rhymefest” Smith is running, spans from Bronzeville through Hyde Park, South Shore and South Chicago to the southern border of the city. His opponent, Adam Parrott-Sheffer, a former principal and education consultant, was one of the first to file paperwork to run for the board.
At a news conference announcing subsidies to adapt downtown office buildings for residential and commercial use, developer Quintin Primo III touted creation of a fund to reduce homelessness, which was rejected by voters in March.
Prosecutors say Nicholas Von Keudell “pulled up a lawn chair to watch the violence further unfold for nearly an hour.”
Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough was hospitalized for serious medical condition, her spokesperson said. “Her family is requesting privacy, and we ask for prayers for the Clerk and her family at this difficult time,” said Sally Daly, deputy clerk of communications.