Election2014 Guide

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Updated: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Originally posted: Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014


Election Night Coverage

Bruce Rauner PhotoRauner Claims Victory, Quinn Finally Concedes

Republican challenger Bruce Rauner won the Illinois gubernatorial race Tuesday night, but it took incumbent Pat Quinn until Wednesday afternoon to concede.
Photo: Bruce Rauner give the thumbs-up to his supporters. (Photo/Roxane Pahldad)

U.S. Senate: Durbin wins | Oberweis concedes
U.S. Rep.: Dold regains seat | Schneider loses | 
Duckworth wins easily
Notebook: More results, ballot initiatives


Election Followup


Election Live Coverage

Bruce Rauner PhotoLive Blog: Election Day Coverage
Follow our election coverage on our Live Blog, Storify and Twitter accounts. We'll update with stories, notes and results throughout the day and night. Preview: Key Nov. 4 storylines
Photo: Bruce Rauner awaits a question. (Photo/Emily Brosious)

Searchable map: Find your Chicago polling location
Who gets your vote?
Student guide: 
Infographic | Mobile video


Campaign Finance

Bruce Rauner PhotoSelf-Financing Approach Helps Rauner Take Lead in Polls, Spending
Emily Brosious examines the most expensive gubernatorial race in Illinois history.
Photo: Republican challenger Bruce Rauner. (Photo/Emily Brosious)

Senate: Durbin with big lead over Oberweis in fundraising
What do Chicagoans think of costliest governor's race?
Modest spending by candidates

Statewide: Spending summary



Key Races

Governor Pat Quinn PhotoInfographic: Governor, Senate Races Draw National Attention
Kenny Reiter analyzes Quinn vs. Rauner, Durbin vs. Oberweis and several key Illinois congressional races. Photo: Gov. Pat Quinn. (Photo/Emily Brosious)

Maps: Chicago polling locationsEarly voting locations 
Student guide: Infographic | Mobile video
Gubernatorial debates: Third | Second | Storify | Vote
Senate: Candidate forum | Storify 


Voter Turnout

Election Ballot photoAnalysis: 2014 Illinois Primary Turnout at Historic Low
Kenny Reiter reports on low voter turnout in last spring's primary. Is it a sign for the November general election?

Can grace period registration boost turnout?
Data visualization: 2014 Illinois primary turnout
Story, map: Poor primary turnout might not translate to November



Social Media Impact

Twitter Vote Button IconInfographic: Twitter's Role in the 2014 Election
It worked for Obama in 2008 and 2012, so other candidates are turning to Twitter and social media to raise money and interact with voters. Juan Latapi visualizes social media's impact
on elections. (Photo/Twitter)

Infographic: Twitter stats on the Illinois "Big Four"


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