>>Obama: The Best Is Yet To Come
(Chicago, IL) -- President Obama claimed victory in last night's election, winning more electoral votes than Mitt Romney. Obama watched the results come in from Chicago. In his victory speech, he reassured the people that the best is yet to come. Obama said he congratulated Romney on a hard battle and a great campaign. He says their differences aren't personal, he and Romney just have very different views on how the country should move forward. Obama says he wants to sit down with Romney and see how they can work together.
>>Rutherford: Romney Made Great Effort
(Chicago, IL) -- State Treasurer Dan Rutherford says Mitt Romney gave an excellent effort toward winning the race. He lost the race to President Obama last night. Rutherford chaired Romney's campaign in Illinois. He says he respects the fact that President Obama was re-elected and wants to work with him get America on the right track. Rutherford says when it all boils down to it, he just wants to see less division between the Democrats and the Republicans.
>>Democrats Win Big In Illinois
(Springfield, IL) -- Illinois Democrats fared very well in last night's elections. They'll pick up at least three congressional seats. Tammy Walsh beat out incumbent Tea Party congressman Joe Walsh after a race deemed as one of the dirtiest in the state. On the stateside, Democrats will likely boost their majority leads in both the House and the Senate. Political Scientist Kent Redfield says the new legislative maps certainly helped put the Democrats over the edge.
>>Smith Headed Back To Springfield
(Chicago, IL) -- Former state representative Derrick Smith is headed back to the legislature. The Democrat won in the 10th District by at about 25-percentage points over his opponent Lance Tyson. Smith was kicked out of the legislature back in August after he was charged with bribery. Initial reports indicated he might have to booted from the House a second time if he won yesterday's election but according to Illinois law, he can only be kicked out once for the same offense.
>>Duckworth Headed To Congress
(Chicago, IL) -- Tammy Duckworth beat out incumbent Congressman Joe Walsh in the state's eighth congressional district last night. It was a highly contested race, with both candidates throwing out personal lashes every now and again. But, once the votes were tallied, Walsh put politics aside and offered to help Duckworth set up her congressional office. Duckworth is a military veteran who won the seat with 55-percent of the vote.
>>Enyart Replaces Costello
(Belleville, IL) -- Bill Enyart will replace long-time Congressman Jerry Costello in Washington. He beat out Jason Plummer last night, earning more than 50-percdent of the vote. He says his first priority in Washington will be putting people to work and rebuilding the economy in Southern Illinois.
>>Davis Wins Seat In 13th Congressional District
(Champaign, IL) -- Republican Rodney Davis won the 13th Congressional seat last night, knocking out Democrat David Gill. Davis will replace Congressman Tim Johnson in January.
>>Jesse Jackson Jr. Wins Re-Election
(Chicago, IL) -- Illinois Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. easily won his re-election bid in his Chicago-area district. He defeated Republican challenger and Nazarene University professor Brian Woodworth. Jackson was diagnosed with bipolar disorder this year and hasn't made any public appearances since summertime.
>>Kinzinger Wins Another Term
(Ottawa, IL) -- Adam Kinzinger won reelection to Congress with 62-percent of the votes in the new 16th District. The Channahon Republican hopes Congress can start working again. Kinzinger beat Don Manzullo in the primary in March in a district drawn to be a throwaway by Democrats who believed they'd have the advantage in numerous other districts.
>>Rezin holds On To Senate Seat
(Morris, IL) -- State Senator Sue Rezin had a close race with challenger Christine Benson. Rezin won with 54-percent of the votes. The Morris Republican gets a four-year term and expects to help other lawmakers deal with the pension problem. Rezin says she's looking forward to working with the area's two state reps Pam Roth and Frank Mautino.
>Manar Wins Most Expensive Senate Seat
(Springfield, IL) -- Democrat Andy Manar beat Republican Mike McElroy for the state senate seat for Illinois' 48th district. The two spent nearly two-and-a-half-million dollars vying for the job.