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Illinois Still a "Blue" State

Illinois voters went “blue” statewide, but Republicans added to their ranks in the General Assembly.  Illinois’ 20 Electoral College votes went to Hillary Clinton.  Voters also chose to send Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth to the U.S. Senate, over incumbent Republican Mark Kirk.  And GOP Comptroller Leslie Munger was unseated, in favor of Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza.  

That’s not to say Republicans didn’t have some success.  GOP Governor Bruce Rauner pumped more than 30 million dollars into state legislative contests.  That money helped him cut into Democratic supermajorities.  

Amanda Vinicky moved to Chicago Tonight on WTTW-TV PBS in 2017.