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DEFICIT NOT TOP ISSUE

A Pew Research survey finds 56% say that reducing the budget deficit should be a top priority for the president and Congress in 2016, down from 64% who said this last year. The general economy and terrorism are among the top issues these days.

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NONE OF THE ABOVE

A year before the next president takes office, voters are skeptical that any of the leading 2016 candidates would make a good president. Moreover, of nine candidates included in the Pew survey, far more voters say each would make a “terrible” than “great” president.

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SPECIAL ELECTION

Voters in Illinois’ 18th Congressional District will be selecting candidates in a special primary election Tuesday. Once the finalists are selected, the general election will be held Sept. 10.

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STILL COUNTING

Election officials are still counting absentee and provisional ballots in the Illinois Treasurer’s race between Republican Tom Cross and Democrat Mike Frerichs. As of Monday morning, the difference is now down to a very slim lead for Tom Cross of 646 votes.

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SODA TAX

A one cent-per-ounce soda tax won by a landslide in Berkeley, California.  But San Francisco voters nixed a 2 cent soda tax.

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CAMPAIGN 2014

Pew Research says the proportion of Americans who use their cell phones to track political news or campaign coverage has doubled compared with the most recent midterm election: 28% of registered voters have used their cell phone in this way during the 2014 campaign, up from 13% in 2010. Further, the number of Americans who… read more

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ELECTION EVE

Former governor Jim Edgar and U.S. Senator Mark Kirk toured the state Monday to support Bruce Rauner’s bid for governor. The tour began in Chicago Monday morning at Lou Mitchell’s Restaurant on West Jackson Blvd. then at CJ’s Restaurant in Bloomington at 10, a noon-hour stop at Pasfield House in Springfield. Governor Pat Quinn was… read more

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SALES TAX VOTES

Kankakee County proposes two sales tax hike measures. In Morgan County, voters will decide on a school facilities sales tax hike of a full percent. Morgan and Kankakee counties aren’t the only counties looking to increase the sales tax by a full percentage point … twelve other counties have proposed sales tax increases on the… read more

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WHO ARE NON-VOTERS

Pew Research finds non-voters are definitely different than voters. Nonvoters are younger, less educated and less affluent than are likely voters. Low education levels and low incomes go hand-in-hand: 46% of nonvoters have family incomes under $30,000, compared with just 19% among likely voters.

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PREDICTIVE MARKETS

The Iowa Electronic Markets still utilizes users’ bets on what will happen in upcoming elections. As of Friday, the market says there’s an 82% chance the Democrats will lose control of the U.S. Senate. Nate Silver’s 538 blog gives the Republicans a 68.5% chance of winning control of the Senate.

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