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Illinois Trump


Nearly all POTUS petitions in Illinois challenged

SPRINGFIELD -- In the final hours of the petition objections period, objections were filed in Illinois against four presidential slates for the November general election. Jeff Fiedler filed the first objection of the day against the Libertarian Party's presidential slate, which currently had placeholder candidates in Scott Schluter and Lex Green, presumably held for nominee Chase Oliver and running mate Mike ter Maat. No rationale was provided for the reasoning of the objection as of the time of publication. Fiedler […]

todayJuly 1, 2024 5



Former Sen. Sam McCann pleads guilty to corruption charges

Prosecutors played hours of FBI recordings of McCann at trial prior to his plea

As federal prosecutors were preparing to rest their case Thursday in the corruption trial of former Republican state Sen. Sam McCann, the one-time gubernatorial candidate had a change of heart.  His attorney announced McCann would reverse his position of innocence he’s held since being indicted three years ago and plead guilty on all counts.  “You can’t take it back,” U.S. District Judge Colleen Lawless told McCann before he officially entered his guilty plea. “Are you still prepared to plead?” “Yes, […]

todayFebruary 16, 2024



ONGOING COVERAGE: McCann misuse of campaign funds

Feds accuse ex-lawmaker of ‘greed, fraud and arrogance’ in misusing campaign funds After week of delays, former GOP State Sen. Sam McCann’s trial finally underway SPRINGFIELD (Capitol News Illinois) – Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Bass pulled no punches in describing former Republican state Sen. Sam McCann on the first day of his federal corruption trial on Tuesday. “This case is about greed, fraud and arrogance,” Bass said. “Greed for a lifestyle far beyond his means...fraud in obtaining that lifestyle...and arrogance […]

todayFebruary 14, 2024 1

Illinois Trump

Decision 2024

Illinois ballot challenge of Trump to move forward

Cook County judge declines to stay case pending U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Colorado case

CHICAGO (Capitol News Illinois) -- A Cook County judge ruled Wednesday that a case seeking to bar former President Donald Trump from the March 19 Republican primary ballot in Illinois will move forward independently of a similar case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. Following a brief hearing conducted by videoconference, Judge Tracie Porter denied a motion by the Trump campaign to delay the proceedings until after the Supreme Court rules in a similar case from Colorado. She said she […]

todayFebruary 7, 2024

2024 election primary Illinois


Candidates for 2024 primary election brave cold

Hundreds of hopefuls aim to claim top spot on ballot

SPRINGFIELD (Capitol News Illinois) -- Monday marked the kickoff for the 2024 election cycle, with hundreds of candidates filing their petitions at the Illinois State Board of Elections. Those in line by 8 a.m. Monday at the ISBE building in Springfield will be entered into a lottery to be the first name on the ballot in their respective primary elections, set for March 19. The lottery will be public and will take place on Dec. 13. While some candidates camp […]

todayNovember 27, 2023

Sam McCann


McCann to represent himself in corruption trial

McCann fires court-appointed attorneys on trial’s scheduled start date

SPRINGFIELD (Capitol News Illinois) -- Monday was supposed to have been the first day in the weeklong federal corruption trial of former Republican state Sen. Sam McCann, who allegedly misused more than $200,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses. A pull-down projector screen in the Springfield courtroom of U.S. District Judge Colleen Lawless stood ready to play host to prosecutors’ presentation prepared to accompany their opening statements. But in a bizarre turn of events as Lawless took the bench on […]

todayNovember 27, 2023



More than 30,700 Illinois mail-in ballots rejected

SPRINGFIELD (The Center Square) – About 30,700 mail-in ballots in Illinois were rejected statewide in last year’s November election, according to preliminary data from the Illinois State Board of Elections.  Data shows a total of more than 2.2 million mail-in ballots were requested across the state for November's election. More than 657,000 were returned with around 626,300 counted. That’s a difference of about 30,700. State Rep. Curtis Tarver (D-Chicago), state Rep. Amy Elik (R-Alton), and state Rep. Ryan Spain (R-Peoria) […]

todayJanuary 7, 2023

Illinois election Susana Mendoza

Decision 2022

Illinois election board certifies 2022 results

Mendoza is top Democratic vote-getter

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza is pictured at a Democratic campaign event in Springfield earlier this year. She received the most votes of any statewide candidate in this year's election. SPRINGFIELD (Capitol News Illinois) – The Illinois State Board of Elections certified its election results Monday, putting the final stamp on another Democratic sweep of statewide offices. The board reported that 4,142,642 out of 8,115,751 registered voters cast ballots in the election, a turnout of roughly 51 percent. That’s down from […]

todayDecember 6, 2022

Illinois vote by mail

Decision 2022

Voting by mail permanently an option for Illinois voters

SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois officials are making access to voting more accessible leading up to the 2022 midterm election in November. Election officials are hoping this program will increase voter participation, not only in November but also in future elections. People currently registered to vote in Illinois will now have an option to vote by mail on a permanent basis. The permanent application process is open and currently optional. Applications will be sent to all registered voters soon. "Voting by mail […]

todayAugust 20, 2022



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