Obama wins a second term
President Barack Obama was re-elected last night after winning key battleground states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The president in the end easily was able to clear the 270 electoral vote total he needed to clinch victory. Full story.
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Obama doesn't quite sweep suburbs
Obama, winning his home state of Illinois, got help from all but one of the suburban counties that backed him four years ago. Full story.
CONGRESSIONAL RACES: Duckworth beats Walsh
In the end, it wasn't close after all. Democrat Tammy Duckworth sailed past charismatic Tea Partyer Joe Walsh with close to 60 percent of the vote to take the 8th Congressional District for the Democrats, a key race in the party's fight to reclaim the U.S. House. Full story.
Foster wins in 11th District
In a race that mirrored the presidential contest for much of the election polling cycle, voters returned Democrat Bill Foster to Congress in Illinois' new 11th District. "Representing the people of this area has been the great honor of my lifetime," Biggert said in a written statement. "I can never thank them enough for their kindnesses toward me," Biggert said. Full story.
Schneider with upset win over Dold in 10th
Early and absentee voting in Lake County may have given Democrat Brad Schneider an upset win over Republican Robert Dold in the 10th Congressional District. With ballots in 405 of 419 precincts counted, Schneider had 127,102 votes, roughly 50.4 percent of the total, unofficial results showed. Dold trailed with 125,153 votes. Full story.
Roskam ahead of Coolidge in 6th District. Full story.
Schakowsky over Wolfe in the 9th District. Full story.
Hultgren re-elected in 14th District Full story.
STATE HOUSE RACES: Sente happy with win over Mathias
Democratic state Rep. Carol Sente ended Republican state Rep. Sidney Mathias' 14-year tenure in the Illinois House Tuesday night in the only Illinois battle for the Statehouse between two incumbents. In Cook County, with six of seven precincts reporting, unofficial results showed Sente led 1,979 votes to 1,117. And in Lake County, with all 56 precincts counted, Sente led Mathias 12,486 votes to 10,583. Full story.
McSweeney holds commanding lead over Beaubien
In one of state's most contentious and high-priced battles, Republican David McSweeney had a commanding lead over Independent Dee Beaubien in the 52nd House District contest. With 77 of 92 precincts reporting in the district's four counties, unofficial results showed McSweeney ahead with 60 percent of the total. Full story.
Moylan holds lead over Sweeney for 55th House
Des Plaines Mayor Marty Moylan's lead over Susan Sweeney for the 55th House District is now widening slightly as more votes are counted. With 63 of 73 precincts counted, unofficial totals show Moylan has 17,548 votes to Sweeney's 15,593 votes. Full story.
Republican Ives leads Democrat Adams in 42nd House District Full story.
Quigley beating Schmitt in 5th District Full story.
Democrat Conroy leads Kordik in race for 46th state House seat. Full story.
STATE SENATE RACES: Cullerton edges out Pankau
The race for the 23rd state Senate seat in northern DuPage County was a close one. Democrat Tom Cullerton eked out a 51 percent lead over incumbent Republican Carole Pankau, who had 49 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. Full story.
Neal and Bush in tight race for 31st
The race for the 31st state Senate seat to represent northern and parts of central Lake County remained a statistical dead heat with 94 percent of the votes in. With 124 of 132 precincts reporting, unofficial totals showed Republican Joe Neal with 26,097 votes edging Democrat Melinda Bush with 26,004. The pair are vying for the seat formerly occupied by Republican Suzi Schmidt, who bounced Democrat Michael Bond in 2010 but did not run for re-election. Full story.
Link cruises to overwhelming victory. Full story.
Holmes leads Hurtado in 42nd Senate race. Full story.
Murphy on way to winning 27th Senate race. Full story.
Other local races
Nerheim wins Lake County state's attorney race. Full story.
Mixed signals for Winfield police force. Full story.
DuPage voters say no to dual officeholders. Full story.
Chris Lauzen is the new Kane County chairman. Full story.
Electrical aggregation approved in Northwest suburbs. Full story.
Early tallies show West Chicago voters supportive of giving their park district permission to borrow $15.5 million to build a recreation center. Full story.
Rolling Meadows rejects trash pickup. Full story.
Voters reject Arlington Hts. parks plan again. Full story.
The Democrats will retain the majority in the U.S. Senate, CNN projects. Full story.
Republicans likely to keep control in House. Full story.
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Light fog and cool with temperatures reaching only 41 degrees as you head out the door this morning. It will reach 48 degrees with a slight shower this afternoon, before the clouds move on and temperatures dip back to 37 degrees. Full story.
Reconstruction and widening of Walkup Road from Route 176 to Burning Bush Trail in Crystal Lake will last through November. Full story.