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Residents of two southeast Iowa school districts went to the polls, Tuesday, and rejected plans for each district to borrow millions of dollars for facility improvements.

The candidates vying to be Illinois comptroller are at odds over whether the office should even continue to exist.

It's officially primary election season in Iowa, as the deadline has passed to file nominating petitions to seek state and federal offices. Based on the current slate of candidates, southeast Iowa voters will only have to make a handful of decisions.

A pair of southeast Iowa politicians announced their re-election plans Monday.

A tight contest for the Presidential nomination and competitive races for seats in the General Assembly could make for a gripping primary in Illinois next month. Deadlines loom if you plan to be a part of it.

Curtis Courts Voters in West Central Illinois

Dec 11, 2015
T.J. Carson

A Western Illinois University teacher said there’s a lot of frustration, distrust, and anger in state government. And he wants to change that in Springfield.

Tea Party Leader Seeks Seat in Congress

Dec 9, 2015
T.J. Carson

The leader of the Knox County Tea Party is looking to trade in his truck driver seat for a seat in Congress. Patrick Harlan of Galesburg is running for the Republican nomination in Illinois' 17th district.

Judicial races are getting increasingly politicized, according to a study published Thursday surveying 2013-2014 state Supreme Court races called "Bankrolling the Bench."

Burlington will not have to hold a primary election in October for its two open city council seats.

Thursday, July 30 was the final day candidates could file their nominating petitions for the Sept. 8 school board election in Iowa.  On election day, county residents will have plenty of decisions to make.

July 30 was the final day candidates could file their nominating petitions for the Sept. 8 school board election in Iowa.  The two largest schools in the county (Fort Madison & Keokuk) have extremely crowded fields with twice as many candidates as open seats.

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.

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.

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

After next week's municipal elections, the Galesburg Board of Education will include two new representatives from Galesburg Township.  Incumbents Molly Palmer and Tom Colclasure chose to seek another term.

The three candidates vying for the two spots are Phillips Slaton, Tianna Cervantez, and H. Wayne Statham. All three believe they can build a better relationship between the school board and teachers.

Slaton, who is a teacher in the Orion School District, said the current board lacks respect for teachers.

Contested Race in Galesburg's First Ward

Apr 1, 2015
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.

T.J. Carson

Originally, there was just one candidate for two open seats on the Galesburg School Board for people outside of Galesburg Township.  But write-in candidacies changed that.

Professor vs Fireman in Galesburg Ward 5

Mar 17, 2015
Rich Egger

One of the contested races for the Galesburg City Council next month will be in an area that includes the city’s downtown. Incumbent Peter Schwartzman will face a challenge from Ted Hoffman in Ward 5. 

There’s a new stop on the Iowa campaign trail. This weekend, many presidential hopefuls will be in Des Moines for the first Iowa Ag Summit. Republican donor Bruce Rastetter, who is the CEO of Summit Farms and president of the Iowa Board of Regents, is hosting the event.

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.”

Election Results - Burlington/West Burlington

Dec 2, 2014

The results are in from the special elections in Burlington and West Burlington on Tues., Dec. 2nd.

TSPR's Rich Egger

Illinois lawmakers are considering whether to continue allowing same-day voter registration. 

Wiki Commons

After last week’s midterm election, Washington’s Republican leaders imagine their future as “Interstellar.”

Getting Ready for the Next Election

Nov 12, 2014
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.

Peoria Public Radio

There are still thousands of votes yet to be counted in the race for Illinois State Treasurer.

Quinn Concedes

Nov 5, 2014
Rich Egger

Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn has conceded to Republican businessman Bruce Rauner in the Illinois governor's race.

Republican investor Bruce Rauner will be the next governor of Illinois — probably. He declared victory over incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn and is up by five percentage points, but the Democrat is refusing to concede.

Rauner made hundreds of millions of dollars as a private equity investor. Lately, though, he’s been investing in himself — spending $27 million of his vast fortune on a quest to become governor of Illinois.

Amanda Vinicky/Illinois Public Radio

Congressional and county races were decided, as were a number of referenda.

The region’s congressman was re-elected in a tighter-than-expected race.  Des Moines County voters returned two incumbents to office.

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