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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.
Residents saw drastic change in their congressional representation in the north and northwestern suburbs, which for the past few months has been a political battleground with national implications. Democrats Lauren Underwood and Sean Casten unseated longtime Republican U.S. Reps. Randy Hultgren, 14th, and Peter Roskam, 6th.
State Sen. Kwame Raoul defeated Republican Erika Harold, while Treasurer Michael Frerichs and Comptroller Susana Mendoza each retained their offices.
Here’s a list of stories to catch you up:
*Illinois takes deep blue dive as national Democrats hope for wave election.
*Challenger Lauren Underwood declares victory against Hultgren in close 14th Congressional race.
*Democrat Sean Casten declares victory over U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam in pivotal 6th Congressional District.
*Democrat Kwame Raoul cruises to easy win in Illinois attorney general race.
*Holocaust-denier Arthur Jones loses in Illinois 3rd District, but still got 25 percent of the vote.
*Speaker Madigan edges toward supermajority with anti-Trump push in suburbs.
*Young people drive high turnout as Chicago area sees voting surge.
What’s on tap
*Mayor Rahm Emanuel will preside over the City Council meeting and will take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at O’Hare International Airport.
*Gov. Bruce Rauner has no official events scheduled.
*Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker will be out greeting voters in Chicago.
From the notebook
*What ex-Illinois governors Edgar, Quinn were watching on Election Day: They are grizzled veterans of Illinois politics.
One’s not quite declaring an end to politics while banging the drum about Chicago mayoral term limits. The other was out of state for Election Day, missing his role as TV pundit but OK to keep an eye on election result via his iPad and CNN.
“Ah, never say never,” ex-Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said Tuesday.
As he talks, flashes of the politician who used to walk into news conferences clutching files bulging with reams of paper come to mind. He voted early – on Saturday with his college-age son – so he could use his time today to collect signatures to get a referendum question on the February municipal ballot about a community mental health services program.
And he was planning to tune in to catch the results on Tuesday night.
“There’s some irony here. Last election, when I lost the run for governor, Rauner outspent us 2-to-1. The ironic thing now is listening to Rauner complain about how much money (was) spent on the race,” said Quinn who made an unsuccessful bid this election cycle for Illinois Attorney General.
Two-term Republican governor Jim Edgar, who resides in Springfield but is out of state, said by phone that given the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows candidates to pour an unlimited amount of money into their campaigns, it’s “no surprise.”
“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
*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