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Democrats have dominant performance in state-level races

Thomas Clatterbuck



The Democrats are now squarely back in control of Illinois’ state government. Lead by now governor-elect JB Pritzker, the Democrats won all of the statewide office. Mike Freriches was reelected as Treasurer. Susana Mendoza was retained as Comptroller. Jesse White is still Secretary of State. These incumbents were joined by Kwame Raoul, who will be the next Attorney General.

Things were just as good for the Democrats in the General Assembly. In 2016, Republicans broke Speaker Madigan’s veto-proof “supermajority” in House. Last night, Democrats regained their supermajority. However, with both the Legislative and Executive branches controlled by the same party, it is unlikely to matter.

Many saw the 2018 election as a referendum on Republican Governor Bruce Rauner. While it is easy to say he dragged down the Republicans, the numbers do not support that conclusion. In 2014, Rauner won with 1.8 million votes to Pat Quinn’s 1.7 million. Rauner did lose some ground in 2018, with just 1.7 million votes. But Pritzker received 2.4 million votes last night; more than enough to secure a victory.

In fact, Pritzker won by a narrower margin than most of the statewide races. Jesse White earned just shy of 3 million votes, and Susana Mendoza earned 2.5 million. Only Erika Harold, the Republican’s Attorney General candidate, had a significantly closer margin than Rauner had against Pritzker. She lost to Kwame Raoul by “just” 471,000 votes.

The 2018 gubernatorial race was one of the most expensive in US history. But the incredible voter turnout the Democrats received shows it was clearly money well spent.

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Senior strategist, statehouse reporter and political correspondent for Springfield Daily. Graduate of District 117 and UIS. Thomas covers stories in both Morgan and Sangamon Counties, as well as statewide politics.


LIVE | Chatham Village Board Meeting November 13th

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Follow along live with the Chatham Village Board. They will be discussing the village’s finances and pension liability. Next year’s tax levy will also be planned.

Additionally, the Glenwood High School Boys Cross County team was recognized for winning their state contest.

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LIVE | Springfield City Council committee of the whole November 13th

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Follow along live with the Springfield City Council committee of the whole.

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Veto session for Democrats could include ‘football spiking,’ waiting for new governor



Most of the election dust has settled, and lawmakers are headed back to the capitol on Tuesday to address some of the 78 bills that outgoing Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed over the summer.

Rauner lost reelection last week to Democrat J.B. Pritzker.

State Rep. LaShawn Ford, D-Chicago, said Democrats will likely heap on more losses for the governor.

“We’re going to be united in overriding the governor’s vetoes pretty much the way the state overrode his tenure as governor,” Ford said.

State Sen. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, called that attitude tacky.

“If they’ve still got aggression to get out after Tuesday, one would have thought they would have gotten all that aggression out, but I guess not,” Rose said. “Maybe they want to go in and still spike the football, do a victory dance.”

Rose said taxpayers won’t like seeing that, and it’s not productive.

State Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, who serves as the Senate president pro tempore, said with all the challenges facing the state, he doesn’t think there will be gloating during the veto session.

Harmon said Rauner’s loss takes away his leverage in trying to keep Republicans from supporting bills. Aside from “counting noses” on bills to see what measures have enough support for an override, some may consider holding off until next year, he said.

“I think members will also look at their bills and then decide or consider ‘what compromises did I make to pass this bill in a bipartisan environment where we knew we needed a Republican governor to sign it and when I do things differently if I need only a simple majority and have a friendly governor,’ ” Harmon said.

Rose expects Democrats to pass a few bills over Rauner’s veto.

“And then close up shop early and just wait to get their complete all-Chicago, all-the-time domination back,” Rose said.

Several bills are expected to be brought up for an override, including one that would make starting pay for teachers $40,000 over time, another that would address immigrants rights, and a measure to regulate private citizens wanting to rent their car out through car sharing platforms online.

Veto session runs through the end of the month.

Article by Greg Bishop with Illinois News Network. For more INN News visit

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