.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)

Andrew Gill / WBEZ

News Local/State - October 27, 2016

Kirk Backs Off Write-In Vote For Petraeus

For months, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has said he would write in former CIA Director David Petraeus for president. This week, Kirk backed off that stance, praising Petraeus’s military record but refusing to confirm he would vote for him. Kirk also reiterated his frustration with Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton. 

Champaign Democratic Senator Scott Bennett

Bennett for Senate Campaign

News Local/State - October 27, 2016

Senator Bennett Faces First Election In 52nd District

This fall marks the first time Democrat Scott Bennett has campaigned for his Illinois Senate seat. The former prosecutor, who was appointed to the seat, faces Republican Urbana Alderman Mike Madigan on November 8. He says Governor Bruce Rauner needs to make more concessions from his 'Turnaround Agenda' as budget negotiations continue.

Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber celebrates in the dugout after gets walked in during the fifth inning of Game 2 of the World Series against the Cleveland Indians Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, in Cleveland

Matt Slocum/Associated Press

News Local/State - October 26, 2016

Cubs Top Cleveland 5-1; World Series Tied At One Game Apiece

Jake Arrieta took a no-hitter into the 6th inning, and Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-4 in his second game back with the Cubs in Wednesday's 5-1 victory in Cleveland. It was the Cubs' first World Series victory since game 6 of the 1945 World Series againt Detroit. The series now heads to Wrigley Field for game 3 on Friday night.

Republican Sen. Mark Kirk and Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth

Amanda Vinicky (Kirk); Brian Mackey (Duckworth)

News Local/State - October 26, 2016

Politics Trumps Policy In U.S. Senate Race

Illinois is not considered a battleground state in the presidential election, but it could help decide which party controls the U.S. Senate. First-term Republican Senator Mark Kirk is fighting to keep his job against Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth. Brian Mackey has this look at the two candidates' policy positions and the politics of the race.

Heavy machinery used to slow erosion along Lake Michigan in southern Wisconsin.

Susan Bence/Great Lakes Today

News Local/State - October 26, 2016

Erosion Threatens Homes On Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan is experiencing high water levels, bad news for some residents along the western shore.  Huge chunks of the shoreline are eroding, and dozens of Wisconsin homeowners are watching their property disappear at alarming rates.

The patient service desk at Nu Med, a medical marijuana dispensary that opens next week in Urbana.

Travis Stansel/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - October 25, 2016

Urbana Medical Marijuana Facility Opens

The second medical marijuana dispensary to open in Champaign County is now seeing its first customers. Nu Med is located at 105 East University in Urbana, the site of a former Blockbuster Video location. It joins Champaign-based Phoenix Botanical as the two dispensaries allowed by the state's pilot program in State Police District 10, which includes Champaign, Vermilion, and seven other Central Illinois counties.

Urbana Alderman and Senate candidate Mike Madigan (R) debates incumbent Scott Bennett of Champaign on October 5 at the Champaign City Building.

Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media

News Local/State - October 24, 2016

‘The Other Mike Madigan’ Challenges Bennett In 52nd District Senate Race

The Republican who shares a name with Illinois' longtime Democratic House Speaker is touting a number of Governor Bruce Rauner's business reforms as challenges Democrat Scott Bennett in Illinois' 52nd District. "The Other Mike Madigan" is an Urbana Alderman and restaurant owner who says solutions to Illinois' budget woes start with serious tax reform, and reductions in government spending.

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