WBEZ | Iillinois elections http://www.wbez.org/tags/iillinois-elections Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Kinzinger defeats incumbent Halvorson in the 11th http://www.wbez.org/story/11th-district/kinzinger-defeats-incumbent-halvorson-11th <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2010-November/2010-11-02/Debbie_Halvorson via Wikipedia.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Republican Adam Kinzinger has defeated first-term Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson in Illinois' 11th congressional district.</p><p>With 76 percent of precincts reporting, Kinzinger had about 57 percent votes and Halvorson had about 43 percent of the vote.&nbsp; Kinzinger is an Air Force pilot who has received heavy backing from tea party activists and an endorsement from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.</p><p>The 11th district stretches south of Chicago to Bloomington and has been largely Republican. Halvorson is a former state senator. She won her first term in 2008 after Rep. Jerry Weller retired among ethics questions.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 01:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/11th-district/kinzinger-defeats-incumbent-halvorson-11th Illinois Election Day horse races http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/illinois-election-day-horse-races <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2010-November/2010-11-01/pollingsignRESIZE.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>If you aren&rsquo;t planning to cast a vote tomorrow, you may want to reconsider. With the way <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/politics">this year&rsquo;s races</a> are shaping up, a handful of votes could well make all the difference. Across the state, congressional races are neck and neck. That&rsquo;s quite the change for our historically democratic state. So will we see a red tide sweep over Illinois tomorrow? And how will it reflect what&rsquo;s happening in the rest of the country? <a target="_blank" href="http://www.luc.edu/politicalscience/faculty.shtml#Alan%20Gitelson">Alan Gitelson</a>, political science professor from Loyola University, offers some insight. <br /><br />Alan will be us again tomorrow night for our election coverage. He and a number of other guests will join WBEZ&rsquo;s Steve Edwards for coverage of all the major races in Illinois. That begins at 7 p.m.</p><p><em>Music: Radio Citizen, &quot;Move&quot;, from the CD Hope and Despair, (Ubiquity)</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 01 Nov 2010 13:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/illinois-election-day-horse-races