LIVE! Primary '18

LIVE! Primary '18

For our LIVE table of results from Champaign County, click here.

News-Gazette Media's team of reporters and photographers will provide updates throughout the day. That includes on WDWS 1400-AM, which kicks off its Election Day coverage at 6 p.m.

Also, WDWS' Tim Ditman will go behind the scenes on Snapchat. Click here to follow along.

Questions? Ask our 41-year political writer Tom Kacich by clicking here.

Finally, find all of News-Gazette Media's election coverage leading up to today here.

11:10 p.m.

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has conceded to Kwame Raoul in the race for the Democratic nomination for Attorney General.

Raoul is set to face Urbana attorney Erika Harold, who defeated Gary Grasso 59.9% to 40.5%,on Nov. 6.

10:56 p.m.

After twice defeating calls to construct a new high school, Monticello school district voters have approved a $29.8 million referendum question that will fund renovations at the high school/Washington Elementary campus. The vote in Piatt County was 2,271 in favor and 1,437 against the ballot issue.

Five of eight voters in Champaign County who reside in the Monticello district voted 'no.' There are also a handful of voters in DeWitt County, but results were not available from that county press time. More than five years after the school board began discussing facility upgrades, Superintendent Vic Zimmerman is glad to be moving forward with a project.

10:50 p.m.

Kwame Raoul is still hanging in the lead in the race for the Democratic nomination for Attorney General. Raoul (30.5%) maintains a narrow lead over former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (27.6%), with 92% of precincts reporting.

10:32 p.m.

Incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner will narrowly defeat his challenger, State Rep. Jeanne Ives, in the battle for the Republican nomination, the Associated Press reports.

10:04 p.m.

The Associated Press is reporting that Betsy Londrigan has won the Democratic nomination for the 13th Congressional District. With 45 percent of the vote, she has defeated Erik Jones, David Gill, Jon Ebel and Angel Sides.

Londrigan will face incumbent Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, on Nov. 6.

9:57 p.m.

With just over half of Piatt County's 16 precincts counted, the Monticello school referendum is currently passing by a margin of 1,455 to 927. If approved, it would fund a $29.8 million renovation of the high school/Washington Elementary campus.

9:51 p.m.

Champaign County Sheriff Chief Deputy Allen Jones, who took a commanding lead early and held it throughout the evening, said he was excited to win the Republican nomination for sheriff and is looking forward to learning more from his boss in the upcoming months before he takes office.

Greg Worrell of Thomasboro opposed Jones.

Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh is retiring. No Democrat has filed to run for the position in November.

9:29 p.m.

Urbana attorney and former Miss America Erika Harold has won the Republican primary for Illinois attorney general.

Harold beat out litigation attorney Gary Grasso Tuesday for the nomination. In November, she will face the winner of the eight-candidate Democratic field.

Harold has GOP establishment backing and has received campaign contributions from Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. Despite those connections, she has positioned herself as a "reform-minded political outsider" who wants to offer a bipartisan approach to criminal-justice reform and other issues.

She also wants to take on what she sees to be a corrupt political machine run by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, a Chicago Democrat.

9:21 p.m.

Billionaire J.B. Pritzker won the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor Tuesday, defeating a member of a famous political family and a self-described "middle-class candidate" to advance to what could be the most expensive governor's race in U.S. history.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, a wealthy former private-equity investor who, like Pritzker, has bankrolled most of his campaign, led his primary opponent, conservative state Rep. Jeanne Ives of Whateon, with more than 40 percent of precincts reporting.

In an interview with The Associated Press after the race call, Pritzker called the victory "amazing" and said he's "really excited."

"We've got some work to do for the next eight months because we're going to go out and beat Bruce Rauner," he said.

Rauner and Pritzker combined to spend more than $120 million out of their own pockets so far on the contest, putting the race on pace to top California in 2010 as the nation's costliest governor's race, should the incumbent win the GOP nomination.

Pritzker, 53, poured nearly $70 million into capturing a Democratic nomination that proved tougher than initially expected. The field also included developer Chris Kennedy, the 54-year-old son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy; and Daniel Biss, 40, a state senator who for much of the campaign joked that he only gave himself $25 — drawing a contrast to his far wealthier opponents.

— The Associated Press

3:30 p.m.

Springfield Democrat Betsy Londrigan, one of five Democratic candidates for the 13th Congressional Distrct nomination, said she was all over the district today, including a couple brief stops in Urbana.

"I feel great. We've run a great campaign, we've got a great get out the vote effort today, we're organized, we're excited and I feel really good," said Londrigan.

She said that "Democrats are clearly energized right now, but we're going to need that energy going forward."

"I think there are a lot of reasons. There are a lot of candidates running. People really want (Gov. Bruce) Rauner out and are energized by the gubernatorial race and I think that in the 13th (District) voters are energized by the race here. And there's a huge movement to see that we get more women's voices at the table. Women are coming out in droves because we want to be heard."

— Tom Kacich

2:30 p.m.

Democratic congressional cadidate Jon Ebel of Urbana was staying close to home today, making brief appearances throughout Champaign-Urbana.

Ebel said the robust early voting turnout from Champaign County would "absolutely" help him.

"Historically that has been the case where a candidate from a county has a little bit of a hometown advantage," he said. "But we're not taking anything for granted here. I've been knocking on doors, and we've had volunteers knocking on doors pretty much constantly for the last three weeks. I've been out almost every day, and trying to get the votes out in the good, old-fashioned way."

Ebel, who said he has run 17 marathons including two Boston Marathons, admitted he is tired after the long campaign in the 13th Congressional District, which extends from Champaign-Urbana down to Edwardsville.

"The most relevant experience that I have in life is actually marathon running. We're in that last couple of yards now and the body is tired, your mind is tired but the goal is in sight and I feel good.

"It has been a joyous experience going out across this district. There are so many wonderful people and so many wonderful communities and being able to talk to them and listen to them, primarily to listen to them about what it is they want from government and what their concerns are and how I might be able to address them as their representative."

The issue that comes up the most, he said, is health care.

— Tom Kacich

2 p.m.

Voting seems slow in Champaign County so far today, but that's in large part because of the big early-voting numbers.

I checked a couple precincts early this afternoon where Bruce Rauner has done well in past elections — and where the Republican governor needs a good turnout today. Rauner fans might have cause for concern.

In Champaign 3, which votes at the Bible Baptist Church at 4001 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign, there had been 210 voters as of 1:45 p.m. But that precinct produced 481 votes four years ago, and Rauner got 49 percent in a 4-way race.

It's possible, of course, that a lot of the Champaign 3 Republicans voted early and their votes already are in.

But it was a similar situation in City of Champaign 38, which votes at the Windsor Road Christian Church in south Champaign.

That's a precinct where Rauner got 41 percent in the 4-way race in March 2014, and where there were 254 Republican votes then. As of about 1:30 today there had been only 154 total votes at the precinct.

Maybe there's nothing for the Raunberites to worry about today, but it never hurts to campaign and work like you're losing.

— Tom Kacich

9 a.m.

Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten talked early voting and more today on WDWS. Listen here and here.

7 a.m.

By day's end, what is now a crowded field of eight gubernatorial candidates will be whittled down to two. Here's a brief overview of where the top five contenders hoping to make it to November — three Democrats and two Republicans, including the incumbent — stand on the big issues, courtesy N-G Media political insider TOM KACICH.


Chicago Democrat

THE ISSUES: Supports progressive income tax; supports legalizing and taxing recreational marijuana; wants to address pension problem by maintaining or increasing payments while leveling out amortization schedule; favors independently drawn legislative maps; favors legislative leadership term limits.

FAST FACT: An heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune, Pritzker's net worth as of Monday stood at $3.5 billion, according to Forbes. He checked in at No. 219 on the magazine's most recent list of the 400 wealthiest Americans — 29 spots ahead of President Donald Trump.


Kenilworth Democrat

THE ISSUES: Supports progressive income tax; supports legalizing marijuana; wants to address pension problem by increasing investment through refinancing debt, tax reform or both, stretching out repayment timeline and lowering payments to a manageable size and never taking another pension holiday; supports term limits for statewide and legislative officeholders; supports amendment to state Constitution to end gerrymandering.

FAST FACT: He's two wins from becoming the third of Robert Kennedy's kids to hold public office. Kathleen was Maryland's lieutenant governor; Joseph (D-Mass.) was a U.S. representative.


Evanston Democrat

THE ISSUES: Supports progressive income tax; supports legalizing and taxing marijuana; wants to address pension problem with regular payments from proceeds of progressive income tax; favors term limits for legislative leaders; supports legislative redistricting by independent commission.

FAST FACT: A former University of Chicago math professor, Biss earned his bachelor's degree from Harvard. He's one of three candidates in the field with Harvard ties — Rauner earned his MBA from there after Dartmouth; Burr Ridge physician Robert Marshall (D) attended Harvard Medical School after earning his bachelor's from Oberlin.


Winnetka Republican

THE ISSUES: Opposes progressive income tax, wants to gradually lower existing income tax rate; opposes legalizing marijuana; wants to shift school and university pension payment costs away from state government; wants term limits on all elected officials; favors independent-drawn map and said he'd veto one that isn't independent.

FAST FACT: A GOP win would make two in a row for the first time since the late '90s, when George Ryan succeeded Jim Edgar. That was the tail end of a dominant stretch for the Republicans, who scored gubernatorial wins in every election from 1976 to 1998.


Wheaton Republican

THE ISSUES: Opposes graduated income tax; opposes legalizing marijuana; wants to pass constitutional amendment to change the pension protection clause of the Illinois Constitution, favors requiring all new hires to enter a 401(k)-style self-managed plan, and hopes to renegotiate pension obligations with current workers and retirees; favors term limits and an independent-drawn legislative map and said she'd veto one that isn't independent.

FAST FACT: Illinois is among 22 states to have never elected a female governor. Six states are now led by women: Alabama, Iowa, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon and Rhode Island.

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