Downstate conservative Darren Bailey, boosted by Democratic ads and Trump endorsement, easily wins Illinois Republican nomination to face Gov. J.B. Pritzker Downstate conservative Darren Bailey, boosted by Democratic ads and Trump endorsement, easily wins Illinois Republican nomination to face Gov. J.B. Pritzker

Bailey won handily in a six-man field, including dispatching Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin, who was assisted by $50 million from billionaire Ken Griffin.

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Incumbent Fritz Kaegi declares victory in primary race for Cook County assessor, as Toni Preckwinkle also claims win in bid for new term as Cook County Board president Incumbent Fritz Kaegi declares victory in primary race for Cook County assessor, as Toni Preckwinkle also claims win in bid for new term as Cook County Board president

A trio of Cook County incumbents swept Tuesday’s Democratic primary races, including first-term assessor Fritz Kaegi, who survived a heated and expensive battle against an upstart challenger who failed to make the case that the current administration was driving out business.

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Former state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias winner in Democratic secretary of state race; will face state Rep. Dan Brady in November Former state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias winner in Democratic secretary of state race; will face state Rep. Dan Brady in November

Illinois voters went to the polls Tuesday to select their party’s nominee to succeed retiring six-term Democratic Secretary of State Jesse White, while Republican voters also cast ballots to choose who will take on first-term Democratic Attorney General Kwame Raoul in November.

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Primary sets the stage for showdown in Illinois legislature as Democratic incumbents tied to Michael Madigan struggle Primary sets the stage for showdown in Illinois legislature as Democratic incumbents tied to Michael Madigan struggle

Speaker Welch looks to enhance or expand the House Democratic supermajority as GOP digs in for general election

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A conservative win in Illinois: Darren Bailey’s supporters express optimism despite the mounting task of taking on Gov. J.B. Pritzker A conservative win in Illinois: Darren Bailey’s supporters express optimism despite the mounting task of taking on Gov. J.B. Pritzker

Hundreds of Bailey supporters who gathered were a group of Illinoisans not often in a position to claim victory in statewide races, even in Republican primaries.

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As battle for Illinois governor shapes up, it’s class warfare versus culture war As battle for Illinois governor shapes up, it’s class warfare versus culture war

GOP nominee Darren Bailey blasts Gov. J.B. Pritzker as out-of-touch billionaire while Pritzker says most Illinoisans don't support Bailey's conservative politics.

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Marcus Stroman was ‘gutted’ after Roe was overturned. ‘It’s their body, it’s their choice until the day I die,’ the Chicago Cubs pitcher says. Marcus Stroman was ‘gutted’ after Roe was overturned. ‘It’s their body, it’s their choice until the day I die,’ the Chicago Cubs pitcher says.

Chicago Cubs pitcher Marcus Stroman believes supporting Roe v. Wade, abortion rights and, by extension, human rights is “common sense and how everyone should think, but unfortunately it’s not.”

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Daywatch: Darren Bailey wins primary in a stunning rebuke to the Illinois GOP establishment Daywatch: Darren Bailey wins primary in a stunning rebuke to the Illinois GOP establishment

Good morning, Chicago. Here are some of the top stories you need to know to start your day.

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R. Kelly in uncharted territory, facing lengthy sentence in New York R. Kelly in uncharted territory, facing lengthy sentence in New York

It’s been 20 years since R. Kelly first faced criminal charges related to alleged sexual misdeeds, but in a federal courtroom in New York on Wednesday, the Chicago-born R&B star will be in uncharted territory.

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