2014 March Primary Elections

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Welcome to Chicago Tonight’s online coverage of Illinois' 2014 March Primary Elections. We’ve gathered information here about the growing Republican and Democrat fields, and some of the key issues in the races. You can read profiles of the candidates, view timelines of their careers, and catch all of their appearances on Chicago Tonight. Early voting started March 3 and the general primary is on Tuesday, March 18.

Candidate Forums:

Wednesday, March 5: GOP Senate Forum: Doug Truax (Jim Oberweis declined our invitation to participate)

Thursday, March 6: Lt. Governor Forum: Maria Rodriguez, Steve Kim, Jil Tracy, Evelyn Sanguinetti

Monday, March 10: GOP Treasurer Forum: Tom Cross and Bob Grogan

Thursday, March 13: GOP Governor Forum: Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Bruce Rauner, Dan Rutherford

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Web Extra: A 17-Year-Old's First Voting Experience

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Seventeen-year-olds in Illinois had the ability to vote in the March Primary Election. Neli Farahmandpour helped to get the law passed that gave 17-year-olds this opportunity. Read an article.

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Low Voter Turnout in Chicago for March Primaries

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Voter turnout in Chicago is expected to be around 16 percent for the March Primary Election, according to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. The low turnout benefited the debut of electronic poll books in Chicago's precincts. Read an article.

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Analysis of March Primary Election Results

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Bruce Rauner has won the Republican gubernatorial primary and will face incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in the November election. Carol Marin and a roundtable of top political reporters digest last night’s primary election results and look ahead at how the races are shaping up for November. View an interactive graphic of March Primary Election results.

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Primary Election Winners

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March 18, 2014 - Primary Election Winners

Bruce Rauner has won the Republican gubernatorial primary and will face incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn in the November election. Check out the winners for key races in the March Primary Election.

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Viewer Feedback: 3/18

GOP Governor Forum

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March 18, 2014 - Viewer Feedback: 3/18

We share what you had to say about our GOP Governor Forum when we read some of our viewer feedback.

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Nearly 3,500 17-Year-Olds Register to Vote in Primary Election

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For the first time in Illinois, 17-year-olds will be able to vote in Tuesday's March 18 Primary Election. Nearly 3,500 teens have registered in Chicago. Read an article.

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Web Extra Blog: GOP Gov. Post-Forum News Conference

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Republican gubernatorial candidates  -- Bruce Rauner, Bill Brady, and Kirk Dillard – gave a brief news conference following the GOP Governor Forum. Read an article.

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Chicago’s Board of Election Commissioners Introduces Electronic Poll Books

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At the Tuesday, March 18 Primary Election, the Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago will use electronic poll books to check in voters instead of paper poll books. Read an article.

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High-Profile Democrats Support Rauner for IL Governor

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March 20, 2014 - High-Profile Democrats Support Rauner

Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan throws a curveball, asking voters to approve a possible 3 percent surcharge on millionaires to help pay for education. How does that play into a governor’s race that has already become about class warfare? Paris Schutz has the details on that, and how high-profile Democrats and Independents are coming out in support of Bruce Rauner. Read Newt Minow's endorsement of Rauner.

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Rauner, Quinn Break Bread with Respective Political Parties

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March 19, 2014 - Rauner, Quinn on Day After Election

The March Primary is over and the parties are coalescing around their respective candidates for governor. Paris Schutz has more on what is shaping up as a bruising battle. Read an article and view a map of Republican gubernatorial votes by county.

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39th District Winner

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March 19, 2014 - 39th District Winner

Challenger Will Guzzardi beat State Rep. Toni Berrios for the Illinois House of Representatives' 39th District in the March Primary Election. He joins us.

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Illinois Residents Vote in Primary Election

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March 18, 2014 - Illinois Residents Vote in Primary Election

Voter turnout for Tuesday's March Primary Election has been low, and less than 9 percent of registered voters in Chicago have cast ballots as of 6:00 pm. Voters today will determine who will appear on the November ticket for Republican and Democratic races ranging from governor to the state legislature. Read an article.

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Primary Election Preview

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March 17, 2014 - Primary Election Preview

Carol Marin and her panel of guests break down the top races as the candidates make their final push before Tuesday’s March Primary election. Joining us are Chicago Tribune Editorial Page editor Bruce Dold, Chicago Sun-Times political reporter Natasha Korecki, and Crain’s Chicago Business political columnist Greg Hinz. Visit Chicago Tonight's 2014 March Primary Elections page for the latest stories, forums and videos.

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Web Extra Video: GOP Gov. Post-Forum News Conference

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Watch web extra video clips of the Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidates from the post-forum news conference.

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GOP Governor Forum

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March 13, 2014 - GOP Governor Forum

The Republican candidates for Illinois governor join us for a special one-hour candidate forum, moderated by Phil Ponce. Joining us are Bill BradyDan RutherfordKirk Dillard and Bruce Rauner. View timelines of the candidates' political careers and a behind-the-scenes slideshow, and read a recap of our live chat.

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Public Union Urges Crossover Vote for Dillard

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March 11, 2014 - Public Union Urges Crossover Vote

Paris Schutz reports on why some powerful unions are urging Democratic members to cross over and vote Republican in next week’s gubernatorial election. Read an article.

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