ILLINOIS ELECTION RECAP
Conventional wisdom holds that presidential election years are generally very good for Democratic candidates as voter turnout is higher than in non-presidential election years. Illinois has witnessed elections where Republicans did well around the nation but not here. This year, voter turnout was indeed high but the conventional wisdom only held for statewide offices and one congressional district.
Illinois Republicans scored impressive wins last night in the various Illinois General Assembly races netting a four-seat pick-up in the House and a two-seat pick-up in the Senate. However, this changes very little. When the 100th Illinois General Assembly convenes on January 11th, the Democrats will continue to hold a sizeable 67-51 majority in the Illinois House and a veto-proof 37-22 majority in the Senate. Nevertheless, Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto pen is now strengthened.