Illinois politicians say that based on Tuesday's primary election, they expect higher spending, more negative advertising and more uncertainty leading up to November's general election.
Candidates running for the open Hannibal City Council 1st Ward position and two open Hannibal School Board positions in the April 3 election made their pitches at a candidate forum Thursday at the Hannibal Country Club.
Local Republicans were glad to see the incumbent Bruce Rauner win the Republican nomination for governor with Tuesday's close victory over challenger Jeanne Ives, a state senator from Wheaton.
Many local candidates faced no opposition in Tuesday's primary election, but that doesn't mean the day was without anxiety for them.
Democratic leaders in West-Central Illinois were on board the J.B. Pritzker political train early in his gubernatorial campaign. Pritzker handily won the Democratic nomination Tuesday by capturing nearly 46 percent of the votes cast statewide.
State Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer, R-Jacksonville, captured 75 percent of the vote Tuesday night and will again receive the GOP nomination in November for the 100th District seat.
The buzz was definitely absent from Tuesday's election. While Adams County Clerk Chuck Venvertloh was hardly expecting a record turnout for Tuesday's primary, he was surprised by what he perceived as an overall lack of interest in the process.