Elections 2012

Tri States Public Radio and NPR News will provide you with updated stories from all of our local and national elections between now and November. The NPR News element below will be updated constantly, and will sometimes provide live coverage and audio from important events leading up to the November elections. You can find all of our local coverage after the jump.

Election 2012 News From NPR

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Balloting is Underway
4:13 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

You Can Vote Early (But Not Often) in Illinois

Rich Egger
  • Interview with Gretchen DeJaynes

McDonough County Clerk Gretchen DeJaynes said  voters were at her office when the doors opened at 8:00 am for the first day of early voting on October 22.

DeJaynes said early voting should help ease the rush on election day (November 6).

“I do not think we will have lines for election day. Really the only places that we have ever had lines are in the college precincts and early voting at the university has cured that problem,” DeJaynes said.

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2012 Election Guide
2:37 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Matt Pflug – Lee County Board (D. 5)

Matt Pflug

Matt Pflug says there are several reasons he entered the race for the District 5 seat on the Lee County Board of Supervisors.

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2012 Election Guide
1:45 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Mike O’Connor – Lee County Board (D. 5)

Mike O'Connor
  • Interview with Mike O'Connor

Mike O'Connor (R-Keokuk) says he entered the race for the District 5 seat on the Lee County Board of Supervisors because of the recent consolidation of four county offices.

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Illinois Candidate Profile
11:58 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Democrat John Sullivan - 47th District State Senate

John Sullivan
Rich Egger
  • Interview with John Sullivan

The incumbent for an Illinois Senate seat in western Illinois is John Sullivan (D-Rushville). He is completing his third term in the Senate.

Sullivan said progress has been made during his time in the Legislature but there is more to do, which is why he is running for a fourth term.

Sullivan said NTN Bower in Macomb and Farmland Foods in Monmouth have expanded while he's been in office and Pella brought a new plant to Macomb. He said the state offers job creation incentives and he's worked to make sure some of that money has come to his district.

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Illinois Candidate Profile
11:36 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Republican Randy Frese - 47th District State Senate

Randy Frese
Rich Egger
  • Interview with Randy Frese

The challenger for an Illinois Senate seat in western Illinois is Randy Frese (R-Paloma). He is completing his second term as Adams County Circuit Clerk.

Frese said he is running for the Senate because state leaders are squandering opportunities for future generations, including his three daughters.

"We are just tremendously over our heads in debt in this state. There is not an area you can turn to that isn't getting paid or is backlogged for their payment. It's terrible," Frese said. "It's sad to see what's happening to the state of Illinois."

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