Live updates: 2018 Illinois Primary

Live updates on the 2018 Illinois Primary. Click here for election returns.

Dave Marzullo March 20, 20182:43 PM

One of the green notices John Williams found at his polling place, Tuesday morning, March 30, 2018:

Dave Marzullo March 20, 20182:45 PM

A listener texted us this photo, saying they saw this notice at their polling place this afternoon:

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We’re following the situation regarding notices posted at polling places incorrectly stating that Andrea Raila was removed as a candidate. Stay with 720 WGN for updates.

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Chicago Board of Elections Spokesperson Jim Allen joins John Williams to explain why those notices were still being shown this afternoon, after earlier court order was repealed:

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Our live coverage starts now! Listen here: https://wgnradio.com/on-air/extra/

Dave Marzullo March 20, 20187:13 PM

trafficjamjen March 20, 20187:56 PM

Toni Preckwinkle’s campaign housed at the same hotel where Harold Washington launched his campaign.

#BarTrivia

Dave Marzullo March 20, 20187:58 PM

Democratic candidate for governor Daniel Biss joins WGN Radio’s coverage of the 2018 Illinois Primary:

dometipongowgnam March 20, 20187:59 PM

“This has really been a primary for the hearts and souls of Illinois Republicans.” 

– Justin Kaufmann to Representative Jeanne Ives who continues to lambaste her opponent, Governor Bruce Rauner, accusing him of betraying GOP policies. Listen live on the WGN Radio stream.

Dave Marzullo March 20, 20188:05 PM

Republican candidate for governor Jeanne Ives joins WGN Radio’s coverage of the 2018 Illinois Primary:

Dave Marzullo March 20, 20188:06 PM

Republican candidate for governor Jeanne Ives joins WGN Radio’s coverage of the 2018 Illinois Primary:

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trafficjamjen March 20, 20188:13 PM

“She’s always been super impressive…she started out in teenage Republicans in high school.”

Sarah Taggart, sister of Jeanne Ives on @cltv

trafficjamjen March 20, 20188:15 PM

J.B. Pritzker worth $3.5 billion.

Donald Trump worth $3.1 billion.

Digest that fact. 😮

via @cltv

dometipongowgnam March 20, 20188:19 PM

Cook County Assessor Dem Primary

With 62% of Precincts Reporting, Candidate Fritz Kaegi leads the pack.

Fritz Kaegi       45.01 %

Joe Berrios      34.43 %

Andrea Raila    20.56 %

Dave Marzullo March 20, 20188:19 PM

trafficjamjen March 20, 20188:23 PM

“People of all demographics [are] in support for Biss.”
Speaking of both millennial and older supporters and campaign volunteers.
-State Rep. Will Guzzardi (D) Dist. 39

@CLTV

Dave Marzullo March 20, 20188:25 PM

dometipongowgnam March 20, 20188:27 PM

GOP Primary still too close to call between incumbent Bruce Rauner and State Rep Jeanne Ives.

Dave Marzullo March 20, 20188:27 PM

Republican candidate for attorney general Erika Harold joins WGN Radio’s coverage of the 2018 Illinois Primary:

trafficjamjen March 20, 20188:33 PM

“We think at the end of the night Bruce Rauner will be a lame duck.”

-Jeanne Ives on @CLTV 

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dometipongowgnam March 20, 20188:39 PM
Party Name Votes Vote %
Dem
Preckwinkle, Toni i
320,307
60.07 %

Dem
Fioretti, Bob
212,879
39.93 %

Dave Marzullo March 20, 20188:39 PM

dometipongowgnam March 20, 20188:43 PM

Senator Kwame Raoul leads in the race for Attorney General with 45% of precincts reporting.

Attorney General

CANDIDATE PARTY VOTES TOTAL VOTE PERCENTAGE
Kwame Raoul DEMOCRAT 235,954
32.6%
Pat Quinn DEMOCRAT 181,851
25.1%
Nancy Rotering DEMOCRAT 66,627
9.2%
Sharon Fairley DEMOCRAT 93,689
13.0%
Scott Drury DEMOCRAT 52,886
7.3%
Renato Mariotti DEMOCRAT 26,820
3.7%
Jesse Ruiz DEMOCRAT 43,395
6.0%
Aaron Goldstein DEMOCRAT 22,236
3.1%

Precincts reporting: 4,564 of 10,119, Last updated: March 20, 2018, 8:39 p.m.

Dave Marzullo March 20, 20188:44 PM

dometipongowgnam March 20, 20188:46 PM

“I think America is going through a political reset with both
parties… What is a Democrat? What is a Republican?” 

– Hermene Hartman of N’DIGO Magazine weighs in with Justin Kaufmann.

dometipongowgnam March 20, 20188:56 PM

“The loss is mine and mine alone.” Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy concedes as race is called for billionaire businessman JB Pritzker.

dometipongowgnam March 20, 20189:01 PM

“The voters of Illinois have spoken. And now we must follow their lead and give Mr. Prizker the support that he has earned.” – Democratic candidate for Governor Chris Kennedy concedes after finishing third in the Illinois primary.

trafficjamjen March 20, 20189:04 PM

Fun Fact: Pat Quinn is an encyclopedia of White Sox statistics.
If tonight doesn’t work out, maybe Andy Masur can use a sidekick.

Dave Marzullo March 20, 20189:04 PM

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dometipongowgnam March 20, 20189:08 PM

“…Money influences everything we do.”

Candidate for Cook County Board President Bob Fioretti rails against money in politics in concession speech.

dometipongowgnam March 20, 20189:11 PM

With 63% of precincts reporting, Governor Bruce Rauner and Challenger Rep. Jeanne Ives remain neck and neck

Governor (via Chicago Tribune)

CANDIDATE PARTY VOTES TOTAL VOTE PERCENTAGE
Bruce Rauner (INCUMBENT) REPUBLICAN 212,649
51.8%
Jeanne Ives REPUBLICAN 197,713
48.2%

Precincts reporting: 6,349 of 10,119, Last updated: March 20, 2018, 9:07 p.m.

dometipongowgnam March 20, 20189:20 PM

“Bruce Rauner is a desperate man.”
-Dem. Candidate for Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton speaks ahead of primary winner and running-mate JB Pritzker

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dometipongowgnam March 20, 20189:26 PM

“I ran a campaign about the ‘kitchen table issues’ that families struggle with every day.”

JB Pritzker speaks from the Marriott Marquis after becoming the Democratic Candidate for Governor of Illinois

dometipongowgnam March 20, 20189:30 PM

“A conversation about economic justice can’t happen without a conversation about criminal justice reform.” – Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate JB Pritzker 

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Dave Marzullo March 20, 20189:37 PM

A portion of Democratic candidate for governor J.B. Pritzker’s acceptance speech following his victory in the 2018 Illinois Primary:

dometipongowgnam March 20, 20189:44 PM

“Good government is not a pipe dream or a fantasy in Cook County.”

-Fritz Kaegi speaks after defeating Joe Berrios in the race for Cook County Assessor in the Democratic Primary. 

Meanwhile, Candidate Andrea Raila is reportedly calling for a special election following this afternoon’s ballot snafu
Dave Marzullo March 20, 20189:45 PM

dometipongowgnam March 20, 201810:02 PM

“In this case, the media helped people understand in very vivid detail what the nature of the problems [were] and they could put actual numbers on it.”

-Fritz Kaegi tells WGN Radio how a Tribune investigation played a part in his unexpected victory over Joe Berrios in the Democratic Race for Cook County Assessor. Hear an excerpt here.

Dave Marzullo March 20, 201810:05 PM

Democratic candidate for Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi joins WGN Radio’s coverage of the 2018 Illinois Primary:

Dave Marzullo March 20, 201810:09 PM

dometipongowgnam March 20, 201810:13 PM

The mention of Illinois Speaker of the House Mike Madigan draws boos and hisses from the crowd as Republican Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti speaks from the Rauner Headquarters at Hilton Chicago.

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dometipongowgnam March 20, 201810:20 PM

“You’ve given me the chance to win the battle against corruption in Illinois.”

Governor Rauner delivers an acceptance speech calling the Republican Primary race a “hard-fought” battle. Those words despite the fact the race has not been called for either candidate.

dometipongowgnam March 20, 201810:21 PM

With 86% of precincts reporting, Governor Rauner holds on to a narrow 3.4% lead against opponent Rep. Jeanne Ives.

Dave Marzullo March 20, 201810:32 PM

dometipongowgnam March 20, 201810:32 PM

“[Governor Rauner] was premature. He was inaccurate. What’s new?” -Republican Primary candidate for Lt. Gov. Rich Morthland says the race is too close to call with totals yet to come in from Dupage County – the hometown of Rep. Jeanne Ives.

Hear an excerpt of his interview with CLTV

Dave Marzullo March 20, 201810:32 PM

dometipongowgnam March 20, 201810:33 PM

“The establishment Republicans in this state never expected this challenge.”

-Republican Primary Gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ives concedes

dometipongowgnam March 20, 201810:38 PM

“While we make pensionnaires our number one concern, we sit at 48th in the nation in taking care of our developmentally disabled.”

-Republican Primary Gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ives conceding race to Governor Rauner.

Dave Marzullo March 20, 201810:45 PM

A portion of Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner’s acceptance speech following his victory in the 2018 Illinois Primary:

dometipongowgnam March 20, 201810:46 PM

“This state is a treasure that has been destroyed by a political culture that is only looking after itself and not after all of its citizens.”

-Republican Primary Gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ives conceding race to Governor Rauner. Hear an excerpt here.

Dave Marzullo March 20, 201810:48 PM

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Dave Marzullo March 20, 201810:55 PM

A portion of Republican candidate for governor Jeanne Ives’s concession speech following Bruce Rauner’s victory in the 2018 Illinois Primary:

dometipongowgnam March 20, 201810:57 PM

A tight race for the Cook County Board seat in the first district as Chicago Teachers Union-backed challenger Brandon Johnson makes it a nail biter for incumbent Richard Boykin

Cook County Board – 1st District

CANDIDATE PARTY VOTES TOTAL VOTE PERCENTAGE
Richard Boykin (INCUMBENT) DEMOCRAT 22,804
49.6%
Brandon Johnson DEMOCRAT 23,170
50.4%

Precincts reporting: 217 of 232, Last updated: March 20, 2018 10:28 p.m.

dometipongowgnam March 20, 201811:07 PM

“I certainly – as your next attorney general – will be one to fight for each and every immigrant that makes a contribution to this country.”

-Senator Kwame Raoul, whose parents are from Haiti, wins the Democratic Primary Race for Attorney General
dometipongowgnam March 20, 201811:08 PM

68% of Illinois voters support legalizing recreational marijuana in a nonbinding referendum on the primary ballot.