Morning Spin: Illinois looks much different the morning after 2018’s midterm election

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Illinois turned a darker shade of blue Tuesday night, as billionaire J.B. Pritzker led a Democratic Party sweep of statewide constitutional offices.

The mounting Illinois electoral victories also saw two high-profile congressional seats switch hands and the party’s vice-grip control of the legislature got a bit more taut.

“I don’t think we should be surprised it was most expensive – you have two rich guys running. I do think it’s unfortunate party leaders now just want to sign not just millionaires, but multi-millionaires” as candidates. Read the full post here. (Lisa Donovan)

What we’re reading

*Looking for a ‘fresh start,’ Blackhawks fire 3-time champion coach Joel Quenneville.

*Alderman says he was not consulted about new location for Spring Awakening 2019: ‘Some of these communities are just taken for granted.’

*Kerry James Marshall says he is done making public art work.

Follow the money

*Track Illinois campaign contributions in real time here and here.

Beyond Chicago

*Wisconsin governor’s race: Walker, Evers race could be headed for a recount.

*Republican Mike Braun wins Indiana Senate seat, defeating Democratic incumbent Joe Donnelly.

*Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney handily wins US Senate seat from Utah.

*Dems on track to take House control, but GOP retains Senate.

*Trump calls midterms a ‘tremendous success’ despite GOP likely losing grip on House.

*Several firsts elected across country, including first two Muslim women in U.S. House.

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November 7, 2018 at 05:09AM

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