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  • How did Robert Dold win back the 10th District seat? Nov 5, 2014 4:47 PM
    Just hours after claiming victory in one of the most-watched legislative races in the nation, Congressman-elect Robert Dold greeted early-morning commuters Wednesday at the Ogilvie Transporation Center in Chicago to thank them for their support. The reasons for Dold’s win included there was no Democratic voting surge similar to the support for President Obama’s re-election, Republicans often fare better during midterm elections and Dold had more support from people who cast ballots before Election Day.

  • Quigley wins easily in Congress Dist. 5 Nov 5, 2014 12:28 AM
    As expected, incumbent Congressman Mike Quigley breezed to an easy victory Tuesday night in Illinois’ 5th Congressional District. With just over 90 percent of the vote counted in unofficial totals, Quigley had 98,873 votes or 64 percent of the vote.

  • Durbin re-elected, says race was toughest of his career Nov 5, 2014 12:14 AM
    Dick Durbin won re-election to his U.S. Senate seat but called the campaign the toughest of his career. He held 53 percent of the vote over Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis and Libertarian Sharon Hansen.

  • Hultgren trounces Anderson in 14th Congressional race Nov 5, 2014 1:23 AM
    Congressman Randy Hultgren has a comfortable lead over Dennis Anderson in the 14th Congressional race Tuesday night.

  • Foster holds on to 11th Congressional seat Nov 5, 2014 12:17 AM
    Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster defeated Republican challenger Darlene Senger Tuesday and will keep his 11th Congressional District seat. Senger, a state representative from Naperville, conceded shortly before 10:30 p.m. and Foster spoke with cheering supporters a few minutes later.

  • Takeover: Republicans surge to Senate control Nov 5, 2014 12:24 AM
    Riding a powerful wave of voter discontent, resurgent Republicans captured control of the Senate and tightened their grip on the House Tuesday night in elections certain to complicate President Barack Obama’s final two years in office.

  • GOP keeps control of House, expands majority Nov 5, 2014 1:33 AM
    Republicans claimed a commanding majority in the House on Tuesday, pushing their dominance to near-historic levels as they dispatched the last white Democrats in the South and made inroads in Democratic strongholds nationwide. The GOP easily won the 218 seats required and was on track to match or surpass the 246 seats they held in President Harry S. Truman’s administration more than 60 years ago.

  • Discontented voters hand Senate to Republicans Nov 5, 2014 1:29 AM
    Rising discontent with President Barack Obama produced a Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday that will join the House in confronting the White House on energy, the environment, health care and other issues for the next two years. The new GOP-led Congress is poised to force Obama repeatedly to choose when to veto, compromise or acquiesce.The half-dozen new GOP senators who will replace Democrats in the South, Midwest and Rockies have one common bond: They ran campaigns focused almost entirely on attacking the president and a governing style they called both overbearing and aloof.

  • Schakowsky wins easily in 9th House District Nov 5, 2014 12:13 AM
    Longtime U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky easily outpaced a trio of long shots Tuesday night to win her eighth term in Congress. With 521 of 537 precincts in Chicago and northeastern suburban Cook County reporting, the Evanston Democrat is leading GOP candidate Susanne Atanus with 66 percent of the vote.

  • Duckworth wins re-election in 8th Congressional District Nov 5, 2014 4:38 PM
    Democratic incumbent Tammy Duckworth was re-elected to her 8th Congressional District seat. With 400 of 431 precincts reporting at 11 p.m., she had 55.7 percent of the vote.

  • Roskam keeps 6th Congressional seat Nov 5, 2014 12:18 AM
    Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam kept his 6th District Congressional seat Tuesday, cruising to an easy victory over Democratic challenger Michael Mason of Naperville. With all 564 precincts reporting, Roskam captured roughly 67 percent of the vote to Mason’s 33 percent.

  • Dold wins back 10th District seat, defeats Schneider Nov 5, 2014 9:23 AM
    Former Republican Congressman Robert Dold of Kenilworth is headed back to Washington, unseating incumbent Brad Schneider on Tuesday in a tough race for the 10th District seat.

  • Hot races in DuPage County Nov 3, 2014 5:30 AM
    Voters throughout DuPage County will travel to the polls on Tuesday to pick who will represent them at the county, state and congressional level. Here’s a look at four of the hottest races DuPage voters will be deciding.

  • Hot races in Lake County Nov 3, 2014 5:30 AM
    Many incumbent candidates in federal, state and local governments have faced stiff, and often contentious challenges, during what has been a heated and often nasty midterm election campaign. The Lake County ballot contains several hot races, including the 10th Congressional, Lake County Sheriff and the 62nd and 59th state legislative districts.

  • Hot races in the Northwest suburbs Nov 3, 2014 5:30 AM
    Voters in the Northwest suburbs will travel to the polls Tuesday to pick who will represent them at the county, state and congressional level. Here’s a look at four of the hottest races voters will be deciding.

  • Hot races in the Fox Valley Nov 3, 2014 5:30 AM
    New sheriffs will be elected in Kane and McHenry counties on Tuesday. They are among the most hotly contested countywide and legislative contests on the ballot for Fox Valley voters this year.

  • Hot races in the Tri-Cities area Nov 3, 2014 5:30 AM
    The Kane County sheriff's race highlights a roster of election contests Tuesday that are guaranteed to produce a new office holder. Other hotly contested races include: Kane County Board District 11, the 14th and 11th Congressional Districts, and the 50th State House seat.

  • Senate control could turn on 2 independents’ moves Oct 30, 2014 9:03 AM
    After millions of Americans vote next week, it’s possible that one or two men will decide which party controls the Senate. One is Sen. Angus King, a Maine independent who generally “caucuses” — or cooperates — with Democrats but says he might switch to the Republicans. The other is Greg Orman of Kansas, an independent candidate trying to oust Republican Sen. Pat Roberts.

  • Foster, Senger debate political advertising Oct 29, 2014 5:56 PM
    The 11th Congressional District race hasn’t been littered with attack ads, but both candidates have made it a point to raise questions about the political advertising put out by their opponent. Early in the campaign, Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster of Naperville sent out a mailer that said his top priority is “to support policies that strengthen the middle class and bring good jobs to our region.”

  • Durbin, Oberweis see red over environmental issues Oct 29, 2014 9:37 PM
    In their last debate before the election, Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis didn't pull any punches. Such as on the Keystone oil pipeline: “I generally believe in doing the right thing to bring down energy costs so we’re no longer dependent on Middle Eastern oil,” Oberweis said. “Is it appropriate to say, ‘Hell, no?” asked Durbin. “I’ll just say no.”

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