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A special election will be held August 8 to fill the 82nd District seat in the Iowa House of Representatives. Four people met Friday’s filing deadline to appear on the ballot.

Lee County residents decided during Tuesday's special election that they want a new county attorney, but do not want to pay for a new home for the county health department.

The mayors of Galesburg and Monmouth turned back challenges to hold onto their offices.  Incumbents were re-elected to the Macomb Board of Education.  The mental health services referendum was approved in Knox County, but voters in Hancock County rejected a sales tax to pay for school facility needs.

Politics bring out the best and the worst in people. Tuesday's election had been heated since the beginning. People on all sides are frustrated with what is happening in politics and ready for a change. People are concerned with how the campaigns were run and the way in which politicians function in this country.

A new poll from Southern Illinois University's Paul Simon Public Policy Institute had surprising results for environmentalists. 

He may be the state's highest-ranking Republican, but Gov. Bruce Rauner Thursday continued to be cagey about where he stands on Donald Trump.

Rauner has been asked about Trump by reporters time and time again. He usually answers something like "I'm not going to talk about politics, per se, or the Presidential election. I've made my statements clear."

But actually not all that clear.

Rauner in May said he would back his party's nominee; at the time Trump hadn't locked up the nomination, but he was close.

Caucus Night in Keokuk

Feb 2, 2016
Jason Parrott / TSPR

After more than a year of build-up and anticipation, Iowans finally gathered in schools, churches, and community centers Monday night to officially kick-off the Presidential voting season. They spent an hour, on average, listening to speeches about the candidates, checking a square on a ballot, and pleading with their neighbors, friends, and strangers to back their candidate.

Several Democratic lawmakers want to make it simpler for more than 2 million Illinois residents to sign up to vote.


Credit: Johnny Cather, TSPR

The second Democratic presidential debate took place at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa over the weekend. The campus is home to more than 4,000 full-time students and that's important to the candidates because young adults in Iowa vote 12% more frequently than the national average of 45%.

The deadline has passed to file for the Nov. 3, 2015 municipal elections in Iowa. More than 50 people turned in nominating petitions in Des Moines and Lee Counties. Despite the response, there will only be a handful of contested races on the ballot, with several communities having no one file to run for office.

Voters in Lee and Des Moines Counties went to the polls Tuesday and decided that fresh faces were needed on their local school boards.  There were 15 incumbents on the ballots between the two counties and just eight were re-elected, with four of the eight running unopposed.

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It's safe to say Keokuk residents have options when it comes to Tuesday's school board election, with nine candidates seeking four seats. One of them said he is willing to listen and work as a team to do what's best for the students in the school district.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

The race for Keokuk School Board is loaded, with nine candidates seeking four open seats in the Tues., Sept. 8 election. One of the men in the race said he will bring a business mentality to the board if elected.

Residents of southeast Iowa will travel to the polls on Tues., Sept. 8 to choose the men and women who will represent them on their local school boards. One such race is in Burlington, where a field of five candidates is looking to do big things.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Keokuk residents have nine people to choose from on Tues., Sept. 8 to fill four seats on the school board. Kim Wyatt said she offers something the other candidates do not: current classroom experience.

Janne Long

There are nine people trying to fill the four open seats on the Keokuk School Board. Janne Long said if she's elected on Tues., Sept. 8, she will make sure to listen to every resident of Keokuk and bring their ideas or concerns to the entire board.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Keokuk residents have plenty of options from which to choose when it comes to the Sept. 8 school board election -- 9 candidates are running for the four open seats. Tim Glasscock said he brings a skilled trades background to the race, which he feels is needed given the growing trend of high school graduates going right into the workforce.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Sandy Stark has seen a lot during her 30-year run on the Keokuk School Board. She openly admits she considered calling it a career when her current term expires in a couple weeks, until she thought about what she calls the "great work" being done throughout the district.

The field in the race for four open seats on the Keokuk School Board is larger than normal with nine men and women looking to serve. Russ Derr said he entered the race because he brings an unmatched level of experience and knowledge to the race.

Nine names will appear on the Sept. 8 ballot in the race for four open seats on the Keokuk School Board. One of them, Tyler McGhghy, said he brings the right mix of experience and enthusiasm to the board.

Jason Parrott / TSPR

As soon as U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) walked into the Broadway Cafe in downtown West Burlington Wednesday morning, he started shaking hands and introducing himself to those eating breakfast.  He eventually made his way to a long, brown table, ordered a cup of coffee, and greeted everyone joining him.

Every four years, being a resident of the Hawkeye State comes with a little more status, a little more responsibility, thanks to the Iowa Caucuses.  On Feb. 1, 2016, Iowa residents will meet in libraries, schools and living rooms to make their choice for President. 

Jason Parrott / TSPR

Rick Santorum and Martin O'Malley are polling quite low in the 2016 Presidential campaign, trailing front-runners such as Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Hillary Clinton. Despite that, they brought messages of enthusiasm and confidence to stops in Des Moines County.

*Update - according to the Illinois State Board of Elections, the hearing originally scheduled for May 7, has been delayed until the morning of June 10.

The State Board of Elections will hold a hearing to determine whether Governor Bruce Rauner's campaign violated state elections law.

Bruce Rauner's campaign spent at least $65 million to win the governor's office. Now, state election authorities are looking into whether he missed a deadline to report some of that success.

The privilege of casting a ballot in Lee County could soon get a little easier, thanks to the use of smartphones. And that will be possible once the county finalizes the purchase of 25 Model DS200 Digital Image Scanners from Election Systems & Software for nearly $200,000.

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Only about 10% of registered voters cast ballots in Warren County for Tuesday’s election. The highest turnout in west central Illinois was 29% in Hancock County.

April 7 Election Results: Referenda

Apr 8, 2015
Abby Wendle

The McDonough County sales tax referendum received overwhelming support, as did Schuyler County's request to extend a road tax.  The Warsaw and Hamilton School Districts were also successful, but referenda were rejected in the West Burlington School District, Clark County, and the city of Alexandria.

April 7 Election Results: Cities and Villages

Apr 8, 2015
T.J. Carson

One incumbent city council member lost in both Macomb and Galesburg. Rushville voters chose to elect a different mayor.  The election for mayor in LaHarpe was decided by just a couple votes.

April 7 Election Results: School Districts

Apr 8, 2015
Jason Parrott

Voters in K - 12 school districts around the region decided who will serve on boards of education for the next four years. And an incumbent and a newcomer were elected to the Spoon River College Board of Trustees.

Hamilton Superintendent Joe Yurko said the state of Illinois has shorted the school district about $600,000 over the last four years.  He said that's why the district needs to increase its education fund tax rate by $0.60 to $2.95.

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