Election

*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.

T.J. Carson

The election to represent northeast portions of Galesburg features a two-term incumbent opposed by a political newcomer.  First Ward Alderman Ken Goad is being challenged by Angela Bastian.

West Burlington voters will decide on Tuesday, April 7 whether to give the local school district more money for technology. Superintendent Dave Schmitt said the money generated by a proposed tax increase is crucial to the district.

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Illinois law requires a special election to fill the seat being vacated by outgoing Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) within 120 days of him leaving office. 

The timeline for Governor Bruce Rauner is even tighter as he must set the dates for the primary and general elections within five days of the resignation becoming official.

Early voting is underway for Burlington's special city council election on Tuesday, Dec. 30.

The gutting of newsroom staffs had a negative impact on local coverage of the fall elections.

That’s a conclusion from the article “A Big Election With Little Local Journalism” by David Sirota on the creators.com website.  He asks, “What if you held an election and nobody showed up to cover it? Americans have now discovered the answer: You get an election with lots of paid ads, but with little journalism, context or objective facts.”

T.J. Carson

Even before voters headed to the polls for last week's mid-term elections, preparations were already underway for the only elections to be held in Illinois next year.