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Pritzker’s Thank You Tour Stops in Decatur

December 8 – Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker and Lt. Gov.-elect Juliana Stratton continued their three-day tour to thank voters and volunteers during the campaign Saturday with multiple downstate appearances. After visiting Taylorville to survey the tornado damage that occurred over the past weekend, Pritzker and company made a stop in Decatur. The event was held at…Continue Reading

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Root: Adversarial Lawsuit is Imminent

December 5 – Republican Jim Root has announced plans to file a formal Notice of Contest and pursue civil action in the disputed Macon County Sheriff’s election. Root issued a media release Wednesday announcing his intentions, noting “it appears an adversarial lawsuit is imminent.” Democrat Tony Brown, who was sworn in as Sheriff on Friday,…Continue Reading

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UPDATE: Brown Sworn In As Sheriff; Root Calls for Full Recount

November 30 – Hours after Tony “Chubby” Brown officially became Macon County Sheriff on Friday afternoon, Jim Root invited him to jointly petition the court for a full recount. Brown was sworn in at the Macon County Law Enforcement Center as he follows Sheriff Howard G. Buffett, who was appointed to the position last year…Continue Reading

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UPDATE: Clerk Announces Discovery Recount in Sheriff’s Election

November 27 – Macon County Clerk Steve Bean announced Monday that the discovery recount in the contest for Macon County Sheriff will begin at 8 a.m. Friday. In an email Tuesday morning, Bean noted that Hickory Point 9 had been accidentally omitted from the list of precincts requested for review by Root. The Macon County…Continue Reading

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Root Seeks Recount In Sheriff’s Election

November 25 – Jim Root will seek a recount in the election for Macon County Sheriff after the certified results gave Tony “Chubby” Brown a one-vote victory. In a news release Sunday evening, the Root said he filed a petition with the Macon County Clerk’s office for a discovery count and an election data in…Continue Reading

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Brown Wins Sheriff’s Race By One Vote

November 20 – In a reversal from preliminary results on Election Night, Democrat Tony “Chubby” Brown has won the Macon County Sheriff’s election by the slimmest of margins. Certified vote totals from Macon County Clerk Steve Bean released Tuesday after mail-in and absentee votes were counted show Brown with 19,655 vote and Republican Jim Root…Continue Reading

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Davis, Londrigan Exchange Congratulations After Tight Race

November 7 – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis and challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan congratulated each other on a hard-fought campaign Wednesday after the Springfield Democrat conceded defeat in the 13th Congressional District race. Davis, who declared victory shortly before midnight Tuesday, commended Londrigan and said he respected her for running. “This is what our democracy was…Continue Reading

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Mid Term Election Decides Macon County Board Seats

November 7 – There will be a couple of changes in the makeup of the Macon County Board in the wake of Tuesday’s election. In the 3 way race in District 1 Laura Zimmerman and Linda Little will serve on the Board with Kevin Meachum falling with 1,717 votes. In District 2, Verzell Taylor ran…Continue Reading

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Davis Wins 4th Term in 13th Congressional District

November 7 – With 100 percent of the precincts counted, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis has been re-elected to Congress, defeating Springfield Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan. Unofficial results showed the Republican Davis with a narrow win over Londrigan, 135,485 votes, to the Democrats’ 131,735 votes. The seat was one of four in Illinois that Democrats targeted…Continue Reading

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Root Wins Tight Race for Sheriff; GOP Takes Other County Races

November 6 – A mere 99 votes separated the candidates for Macon County Sheriff with 100 percent of the precincts counted, while Republicans won the County Clerk and Treasurer’s offices. Republican Jim Root received 19,563 votes to succeed Howard G. Buffett as Sheriff, while Democrat Tony “Chubby” Brown had 19,464 votes. “Judging from all the…Continue Reading

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Caulkins, Scherer Elected to State House; Manar Wins Re-Election

November 6 – Republican Dan Caulkins has been elected to the open 101st District seat in the Illinois House, while Democrat Sue Scherer won re-election in the 96th District. Meanwhile, Democratic State Sen. Andy Manar will also return to the General Assembly after withstanding a challenge from Republican Seth McMillan. Caulkins, a former Decatur City…Continue Reading

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Raoul, White Key Democratic Sweep of Top State Offices

November 6 — Democrats dominated statewide in Illinois on Tuesday, winning all top executive offices. Billionaire businessman J.B. Pritzker defeated Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who conceded the race less than an hour after polls closed, while Democratic state Sen. Kwame Raoul topped Republican attorney Erika Harold for the open attorney general seat. Other Democrats who…Continue Reading


Pritzker Elected Governor As Rauner Concedes

November 6 – Billionaire Chicago Democrat J.B. Pritzker has been elected the next governor of Illinois. Republican incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner conceded to Pritzker less than an hour after the polls closed Tuesday. The Pritzker campaign issued a statement following the victory, thanking “the millons of working families” that propelled his victory. “We don’t need…Continue Reading

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Voters Making Big Decisions on Election Day

November 6 – After a seemingly endless campaign season, voters are making the choice for governor and several other major elected offices across Illinois and Macon County. Polls will remain open until 7 p.m. As results come in, updates will be available on WSOY radio and NowDecatur.com. The race for governor between incumbent Republican Bruce…Continue Reading

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Early Votes Eclipse 11,000 in Macon County

November 5 – Macon County Clerk Steve Bean reported Monday that just more than 11,000 ballots are already in the count tabulators on the eve of Election Day. The total of 11,017 early, grace, vote by mail and nursing home ballots rank second to 2016’s total of 13,811 early, grace, nursing home and provisional ballots.…Continue Reading

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Confident Londrigan Rallies Supporters at Decatur Stop

November 5 – Betsy Dirksen Londrigan predicted “celebrating a change in the Illinois 13th District” on Election Night during a stop in Decatur on Monday afternoon. Londrigan, the Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, spoke Monday at the party’s Macon County staging location downtown, telling volunteers and supporters “Decatur is where we…Continue Reading

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Senger, Illinois GOP Call for Mendoza to Drop Out

November 2 – Challenger Darlene Senger and the Illinois Republican Party have called on Comptroller Susana Mendoza to withdraw from the campaign after a video clip surfaced Friday afternoon of the Democratic incumbent announcing intentions to launch a mayoral bid in Chicago. Multiple Chicago media outlets posted the leaked, seven-second clip of Mendoza saying, “I’m…Continue Reading

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CIPAC Announces Local Endorsements

October 31 – The Central Illinois Political Action Committee has announced endorsements in five local races ahead of Election Day on Tuesday. The group supports Democratic challenger April Kostenski for Macon County Treasurer and recommends Republican Josh Tanner to succeed retiring Macon County Clerk Steve Bean. In General Assembly races, the CIPAC backs Republican Dan…Continue Reading

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Raoul, Harold State Their Case for Attorney General

October 31 – In their final face-to-face meeting, the major party candidates for the open Illinois Attorney General seat showcased different priorities, but said they would remain independent even after their campaigns were largely funded by the two rich men running for Illinois governor. Demoncratic State Sen. Kwame Raoul of Chicago faces Urbana Republican Erika…Continue Reading

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Macon County Early Voting Turnout Nearing Record for Midterm Election

October 29 – Macon County is on pace to see a record early voting turnout for a non-Presidential general election. County Clerk Steve Bean reported Monday that 6,275 grace, early and mail-in ballots have been processed so far ahead of Election Day next Tuesday. That is just 15 shy of the 6,290 provisional, early and…Continue Reading


Londrigan Endorsed By MetroDecatur Black Chamber

October 29 – Democratic Congressional candidate Betsy Dirksen Londrigan picked up a Decatur-area endorsement over the weekend in her bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis in the 13th District. The MetroDecatur Black Chamber of Commerce, an organization representing African-American small businesses in and around Decatur, announced their support for Londrigan on Saturday. “I’m so…Continue Reading

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HSHS Helping Hospitalized Patients Vote

October 27 – St. Mary’s Hospital and others Hospital Sisters Health System Central Illinois Division are working with their county clerk’s offices to help hospitalized patients cast ballots in the Nov. 6 General Election. Hospital staff members are assisting patients in obtaining the information on how to vote. According to Illinois law, a qualified voter…Continue Reading

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Early, Grace Voting Totals Approach 4,000

October 23 – Macon County Clerk Steve Bean reports 3,740 grace and early voters had cast their ballots in the county as of the end of business on Tuesday. Bean also said that 3,131 votes have requested vote by mail or nursing home ballots. Central Count election judges will begin processing the returned vote by…Continue Reading

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Davis, Londrigan Highlight Differences in Decatur Debate

October 22 – Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis and Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan pointed out their stark differences in their campaigns for the 13th Congressional District seat Monday during a one-hour debate before a packed-room audience at Millikin University. While Davis labeled the election as a choice between “results versus resistance,” Londrigan said she…Continue Reading

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Early Voting Open During Construction

October 18 – Macon County Clerk Steve Bean says his office is open and early voting remains available despite ongoing construction outside the Macon County Office Building. A construction fence has been erected outside the office building but residents wishing to vote early are still welcome. On Wednesday, 198 early and grace voters cast ballots.…Continue Reading

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Forum Puts Candidates Face-to-Face With Voters

October 17 – Candidates for the General Assembly and three Macon County offices got to share their views with community members Wednesday during a unique forum at The Decatur Club. Eleven different office-seekers in six races appeared for the non-partisan face-to-face event co-sponsored by the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce, Tate & Lyle and the…Continue Reading

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Lewis, Durbin Join Londrigan on Get Out the Vote March

October 16 – Calling the upcoming November midterms “the most important election of our lifetime,” Democratic Congressional candidate Betsy Dirksen Londrigan had civil rights icon John Lewis at her side Tuesday during a “Get Out The Vote” rally and March in downtown Decatur. “Send Betsy to the House of Representatives,” Lewis, the longtime U.S. Rep.…Continue Reading

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Chamber Hosting Face-to-Face With Candidates

October 16 – Members of the public are invited to meet people running for public office Wednesday during a “face-to-face” with candidates at The Decatur Club. Tim Cain of the Herald & Review will serve as moderator for the unique non-partisan event, which runs from 5-8 p.m. and is co-sponsored by Tate & Lyle and…Continue Reading

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McMillan Wants to Bring ‘Different Perspective’ to State Senate

October 16 – Seth McMillan describes himself as an everyday guy, not a polished politician or a Springfield insider. “I’m a little outspoken at times. Sometimes I stand up for what believe in and people say that I’m divisive,” the Republican state senate candidate from Taylorville said Tuesday during an appearance on Byers & Co.…Continue Reading

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Tanner Hoping to Follow Bean as County Clerk

October 15 – Josh Tanner says he has what it takes to “step in and start working day one” as the next Macon County Clerk. “I think I have the experience. I’ve been working with the clerk’s office for quite a while and been working in county government for quite a while,” Tanner said Monday…Continue Reading

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County Treasurer Yoder Touts Experience, Progress

October 12 – Macon County Treasurer Ed Yoder believes some advances made during his tenure qualify him for a third term. “I know the office and I’m ready to continue on for the next four years,” the Republican incumbent from Oakley said earlier this week during an appearance on Byers & Co. Yoder, who faces…Continue Reading

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Small Business Group Backs Davis for Re-election

October 12 – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis has added an endorsement from the National Federation of Independent Business in his bid for re-election in the 13th District. “Congressman Davis has been a true champion for Illinois small businesses in the United States House of Representatives,” said NFIB’s Illinois State Director Mark Grant in announcing the…Continue Reading

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Senger Calls Mendoza ‘Unwilling to Commit’

October 12 – Darlene Senger, the Republican nominee for Comptroller, criticized incumbent Democrat Susana Mendoza for refusing to rule out a run for mayor of Chicago during an appearance in Decatur on Thursday. “Fixing our state is a full-time job, it’s a full time commitment,” Senger said during a news conference at the Macon County…Continue Reading


Rauner, Pritzker Trade Jabs Over Leadership, Taxes at Debate

October 12 – Illinois’ candidates for governor again traded accusations over leadership, taxes and alleged corruption in a debate Thursday night in Quincy that was their final one to be televised before the Nov. 6 election. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker both tried to deflect attention from questions about their integrity.…Continue Reading

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Rueff Touts Qualifications for County Clerk

October 11 – Amy Rueff admitted she would have some “big shoes to fill” if she’s elected to follow Steve Bean’s 28-year tenure as Macon County Clerk. “He’s done a great job and I want to continue that,” Rueff said earlier this week during an appearance on Byers & Co. “When it came to seeing…Continue Reading

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Sanguinetti, Davis Blast Pritzker for ‘Scheme’

October 10 – Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti and U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis took turns criticizing Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker during a joint appearance Wednesday in Decatur. During a news conference at the Macon County GOP Headquarters, Sanguinetti and Davis pointed to Cook County Inspector General’s recent “scheme to defraud” finding against Pritzker related to…Continue Reading

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Davis, Londrigan Campaigns Trade Jabs

October 10 – The barbs continue to fly in the 13th Congressional District race between the campaigns of U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis and Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan. Davis, who appeared alongside Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti in Decatur on Wednesday, called on Londrigan supporters Emily’s List/Women Vote to pull a campaign ad that features his…Continue Reading

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McMillin Hopes to Give Voice to Working Families

October 9 – Jen McMillin says her ability to relate first-hand with the struggles and concerns of residents would make her a strong advocate in the General Assembly. “It is the fact that we want a voice in Springfield that knows what it’s like to have a family, to work 40 hours a week and…Continue Reading

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Traditional Registration for November Election Ends Tuesday

October 8 – Tuesday is the last day for traditional voter registration for citizens who want to vote at the polls on November 6. It is also the last day a Deputy Registrar can register voters; those registrations should be returned to county clerk’s office by Friday. Individuals can still register to vote on line…Continue Reading

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Poll: Gap Between Davis, Londrigan Narrows

October 8 – Internal polling by Betsy Dirksen Londrigan’s congressional campaign shows the Democratic challenger within a point of U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis in the 13th District race. The report from GBA Strategies shows Davis holding a 49-48 lead over Londrigan. In a September poll by GBA, the margin had been 51-46 in favor of…Continue Reading

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IFB Endorses Davis for Re-election

October 4 – The Illinois Farm Bureau’s political involvement fund has endorsed U.S. Rep Rodney Davis in his re-election campaign in the 13th Congressional District. Davis, a third-term Republican from Taylorville, was named a Friend of Agriculture by IFB Activator, which works to elect pro-farm candidates regardless of party affiliation. Activator county trustees voted unanimously…Continue Reading

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Davis Joins Call for Investigation of Pritzker

October 3 – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis and his fellow members of the Illinois Republican Congressional Delegation have called for the U.S. Attorney’s Office to investigate Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker for a “scheme to defraud” state taxpayers. The seven congressmen pointed to a recent Cook County Inspector General investigation that found Pritzker sought more…Continue Reading

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Davis Endorses McMillin While Groups Back Manar, Londrigan

October 2 – U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis announced his support of State Senate candidate Seth McMillan on Tuesday, while each of their opponents – Betsy Dirksen Londrigan and State Sen. Andy Manar – received endorsements from the Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans and Service Employees International Union Healthcare Illinois. Davis, who is seeking re-election in…Continue Reading

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County Clerk: Voter Registration By Phone Not Permitted

October 2 – Macon County Clerk Steve Bean wants citizens to be aware that Illinois law does not permit registering to vote by telephone. Bean says Illinois residents are getting phone calls trying to get them to register by phone. However, voters must register at either the county clerk’s office, with a deputy registrar, at…Continue Reading

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WSOY Co-Sponsors Davis-Londrigan Debate at Millikin

September 28 – WSOY and NowDecatur.com will co-sponsor a 13th Congressional District debate between Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis and Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan on October 22 at Millikin University. The hour-long debate will begin at 6 p.m. in the Bob and Debi Johnston Banquet Rooms located on the third floor of Millkin’s…Continue Reading

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Macon County Clerk’s Office Begins Early Voting

September 27 – A total of 129 voters cast their ballots today at the Macon County Clerk’s Office on the first day of early voting. County Clerk Steve Bean reported the figure and added the office distributed 1,000 vote-by-mail ballots, with several hundred still to be processed.Continue Reading

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Teachers Groups Endorse Manar

September 26 – The Illinois Education Association, Illinois Federation of Teachers and Illinois Retired Teachers Association announced their endorsements for State Sen. Andy Manar in his re-election bid. “We support Senator Manar because he supports our students and our members,” IEA member Laura Turner, a special education teacher at Dennis Lab School, said during Wednesday’s…Continue Reading


Poll Shows Pritzker with 12-Point Lead

September 26 – A new statewide survey shows Democrat JB Pritzker leads Republican Governor Bruce Rauner by 12 percentage points ahead of the November general election for the state’s top executive office. Conducted by the University of Illinois Springfield’s Center for State Policy and Leadership and NPR Illinois, the July-August telephone survey – including both…Continue Reading

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Jackson Blames Major Parties for Stalled Progress 

September 25 – Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Kash Jackson believes the days of the two parties dominating U.S. politics are numbered. “It is the polarization of politics and the divisiveness of the two-party system that is the bedrock of why our nation isn’t moving forward together,” Jackson said Tuesday afternoon as he made a stop in…Continue Reading

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Early Voting Begins Thursday

September 21 – Early voting for the November general election begins Thursday at the Macon County Clerk’s Office. Macon County Clerk Steve Bean says 26 overseas and military ballots have been distributed, and the election staff is processing approximately 200 requests for ballots by mail. Thursday is also the first day mail ballots can be…Continue Reading