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  • November Legislative Update
    Updated On: Nov 07, 2018

       November Legislative Update

          By IL FOP Labor Council, Staff - Wednesday, November 7, 2018

         The final election results in several key races remain undecided this morning after the election, but the general outcomes are that Democrats won nearly every contested seat in State government. 

        In the gubernatorial race, incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner conceded defeat less than an hour after the polls closed.  Soon after, the Republican Attorney General candidate conceded to Democrat Kwame Raoul. All other statewide Democrat candidates won re-election.  No Republicans in Illinois hold statewide office.

        The Illinois Senate has long been a super majority Democrat.  Last night the Senate Democrats increased that supermajority by at least 2, and likely by three. They defended their one contested downstate race (Aud Crowe) and picked up 2-3 seats in the suburbs by beating incumbents Rooney and Nybo. After all votes are counted, it's possible they beat Connelly in Naperville.

        The Illinois House was more balanced between Democrats and Republicans going into the election, with Democrats holding a simple majority in that chamber.  After last night the Democrats increased their majority to a veto-proof supermajority.  Several races in the House are not yet declared, but the Democrats picked up at least 6 and possibly 8 new seats.  The House Democrats were walking into the election with a couple pickups all but guaranteed. All Democrat gains were in the suburbs and they did lose one seat downstate seat.

        The biggest impact of last night will be the switch to a progressive Democrat Governor from a conservative Republican and the Illinois House becoming a Democrat veto-proof supermajority.  Based on the new Democrats in both the Senate and particularly the House, both caucuses will be more progressive in 2019.
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