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A last minute look at election issues in Illinois: How will down-ballot Republicans fair?

Nov 7, 2016

On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air, we heard from Amanda Vinicky, Illinois Public Radio statehouse bureau chief, and Joseph Bustos, a reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat, about election issues in Illinois.

Illinois is trending Democratic statewide, carried by a Democratic majority in Chicago, but southern Illinois is trending Republican, said Bustos. That’s not enough to sway the electoral vote, however.

The marquee political race in Illinois appears to be that of the U.S. Senate contest that pits incumbent Republican Sen. Mark Kirk against Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth.

Vinicky said that Kirk will likely be out-maneuvered by Duckworth, though he has apologized for past remarks against her family and has tried to show he has completely overcome the stroke that kept him out of his Senate seat during 2012. On Sunday, he completed a stair climb of Willis Tower in Chicago.

Also of interest is the influence of Governor Bruce Rauner and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan on races throughout the state. They are spending a ton of money on political ads for other state elections in a sort of “proxy war,” said Bustos.

Listen as Bustos and Vinicky discuss other races and candidates ahead of tomorrow’s election:

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