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Governor-elect JB Pritzker and Lieutenant Governor-elect Juliana Stratton plan a stop in Effingham on Sunday morning as part of a statewide tour to thank voters and volunteers for their support during last month’s election.

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Interim Effingham County Coroner Kim Rhodes, a Republican, led Independent candidate Gerry Kingery by just 92 votes on Tuesday night after all 37 precincts in the county had turned in their ballots. Election officials noted that 108 mail-in ballots are yet to be tallied.

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Republicans will represent Effingham County in Springfield after sweeping their Democratic opponents on Tuesday, according to unofficial results. In State House races, Blaine Wilhour won the 107th District and Darren Bailey won the 109th. Jason Plummer won the 54th State Senate District.

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Republican candidates swept the contests for three seats on the Effingham County Board during Tuesday's election, according to unofficial results: Incumbents Jim Niemann and David Campbell, along with newcomer Heather Mumma.

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U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Illinois, won a 12th term in Congress Tuesday, defeating newcomer Kevin Gaither by nearly 100,000 votes.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Democrat J.B. Pritzker, a billionaire who campaigned on making wealthy taxpayers pay more in income taxes as part of a plan to move Illinois past the political bitterness of the past four years, was elected governor Tuesday over Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, whose legacy will …

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The Effingham Daily News will be tracking election results as they come in for three Effingham County Board seats, Effingham County Coroner, Effingham County Treasurer, the 107th and 109th district seats in the State House and the 54th District seat in the State Senate. View the results by c…

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The 54th State Senate District covers the western portion of Effingham County and all of Fayette County, and includes Bond, Clinton, Marion counties, as well as portions of Madison, St. Clair and Washington counties.

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The state's 109th District in the House of Representatives includes the southeastern portion of Effingham County and all of Clay and Jasper counties, as well as Richland, Lawrence, Wayne Wabash, Edwards and White counties.

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The 107th House District covers the northwestern portion of Effingham County and all of Fayette County, in addition to Marion and Bond counties.

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EFFINGHAM — A candidate seeking the position of Effingham County Treasurer said he thinks there is a need for balance in county government politically, while his opponent touted her nearly three decades of experience in that office.

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Candidates running for the state representative in the 107th and 109th districts and the 54th state senate district discussed their qualifications for the offices, tax reform, state spending, and more on Friday during a forum in Effingham.

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U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Illinois, faces Democrat Kevin Gaither in the Nov. 6 election for the 15th Congressional District seat.

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EFFINGHAM — Two candidates seeking the position of Effingham County Coroner say their compassion and experience will make them the best person for the job.

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District D includes areas in Douglas Township 12, 13 and 14. The area is in the southeast part of Effingham and in Watson 3. Roughly, this area includes residents from East Jaycee Avenue to about Gordon Avenue.

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Effingham County Board's District C includes voters in Douglas Township, Douglas 8, 9, 10 and 11. In general, the area is in the southwest part of Effingham. Roughly, the area covers residents from East Evergreen to West Jaycee and from South Fourth to Outer Belt West.

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The Effingham County Board's District B represents residents in Douglas Township – Douglas 4, 5, 6 and 7. Roughly, the area stretches from West Evergreen to Willenborg Street in the northeast part of Effingham.

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Candidates in contested races for seats on the Effingham County on Friday discussed the responsibilities of board members, the number of ambulance services in the county, buying goods and services locally, the effect of resolutions such as gun rights and protecting the unborn, and housing needs.

CHICAGO — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday accused rival J.B. Pritzker of plotting a massive income tax hike on the people of Illinois, a claim the Democrat dismissed as another lie from a governor who's "been lying for three-and-a-half years."

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SHELBYVILLE — Gov. Bruce Rauner stopped at the Farmhouse Restaurant in Shelbyville on Tuesday morning during his "Fight for What's Right" tour as a way to meet Illinois residents, explain his views, and attempt to win their votes in the upcoming election.

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The dispute over who will serve as temporary Effingham County treasurer reached a fever pitch Monday when a committee of the Effingham County Board voted to advance a different candidate than the one local Democrats chose.

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EFFINGHAM – Gov. Bruce Rauner made a sudden stop in Effingham County on Tuesday to speak about political change as he runs for re-election.

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GREENUP — Gov. Bruce Rauner made a campaign stop in Cumberland County Wednesday afternoon and spoke to more than 50 people about his four years in office and his bid for re-election.

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EFFINGHAM — One of the two Democrats on the Effingham County Board faces unexpected opposition after the Republicans advanced a local businesswoman in the upcoming race.

CHICAGO — The race for Illinois governor will be a battle between two deep-pocketed candidates who've already sunk more than $120 million combined into the contest, putting it on pace to become the costliest such campaign in U.S. history.

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A referendum that would have nearly doubled taxes to the Cowden Fire Protection District was turned down by voters Tuesday by a 53-47 percent margin, according to unofficial election results.

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Incumbent Republican David Reis of Ste. Marie was defeated by challenger Darren Bailey of Xenia Tuesday for the Republican nomination to represent the 109th House District. Bailey won with just over 57 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.

CHICAGO — The race for Illinois governor will be a battle between two deep-pocketed candidates who've already sunk more than $120 million combined into the contest, putting it on pace to become the costliest such campaign in U.S. history.

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Beecher City Republican Blaine Wilhour defeated Laura Myers of Greenville for the Republican nomination to represent the 107th State House District. Wilhour had nearly 61 percent of the vote compared to 39 percent for Meyers, according to unofficial results.

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Incumbent Republican David Reis of Ste. Marie was defeated by challenger Darren Bailey of Xenia Tuesday for the Republican nomination to represent the 109th House District. Bailey won with just over 57 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.

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CHICAGO — The candidates for Illinois governor are making their final push ahead of Tuesday’s primary, greeting voters and sinking more money into what’s become an increasingly fierce — and expensive — contest.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — With the Illinois primary just days away, state election officials are beefing up cyber defenses and scanning for possible intrusions into voting systems and voter registration rolls.

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Sunday’s 45th annual Lincoln Day Dinner in Altamont saw two of the state’s biggest political figures make an appearance: Gov. Bruce Rauner and his primary challenger, State Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton).

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EFFINGHAM — The four Republicans vying for Illinois’ 54th Senate seat had an opportunity at a forum Thursday morning to try and separate themselves from their opponents ahead of the March 20 primary election.

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The three candidates running for Illinois’ 107th Representative District answered a series of questions at a forum Thursday, with the two Republicans sparring with less than three weeks to go before the March 20 primary.

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The March primary races in this area are full of Republican contests. But waiting in the wings, so to speak, is a group of Democrats and one Libertarian who will take on those who emerge victorious next month.

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The only downstate Democrat running for governor made a stop at Eastern Illinois University this week to speak with students and members of the public ahead of the March 20 primary.

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Terry Davis of Mattoon has long criticized Illinois politics. Now, instead of "complaining," he said he's ready to fight.

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Chris Miller of Oakland has been a farmer and cattle rancher for more than 40 years. He's seeking the open seat for the 110th District after encouragement from Brad Halbrook, the 102nd state representative from Shelbyville, and former State Sen. Max Coffey.

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