WTTW’s 2020 Voter Guide to the Primary Election is an online resource designed to inform voters about the candidates running for office in the March 17 election. Candidates were given two minutes to tell voters where they stand on the issues, why they feel they are best qualified and what they intend to do if elected or reelected. The messages were recorded at the WTTW studios at no cost to the candidates. The Voter Guide was produced with help from the League of Women Voters of Cook County. Find your polling location for voting on election day.

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In this June 18, 2020, photo, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students celebrate in front of the Supreme Court after the Supreme Court rejected President Donald Trump’s effort to end legal protections for young immigrants in Washington. (AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Amid Wave of Cultural Change, Trump Tries to Stir a Backlash

President Donald Trump has made clear that as he embraces the culture wars in the months leading up to Election Day, he’ll put the Supreme Court in his crosshairs. 

President Donald Trump arrives on stage to speak at a campaign rally at the BOK Center, Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

Trump Suggests US Slow Virus Testing to Avoid Bad Statistics

President Donald Trump said Saturday he’s asked his administration to slow down coronavirus testing because robust testing turns up too many cases of COVID-19.

A mailer sent from the Chicago Board of Elections for the March 2020 primary. (WTTW News)

Governor Signs Bill to Expand Vote-By-Mail Amid Pandemic

A new Illinois law is designed to considerably expand the number of voters who cast their ballot in the 2020 presidential election by mail. Gov. J.B. Pritzker called it perhaps “the safest method to cast a ballot in November.”

Protesters march through the streets of Manhattan, New York, Sunday, June 7, 2020. (AP Photo / Seth Wenig)

Young People Turned Out to Protest. Now, Will They Vote?

Young adults have filled streets across the country on a scale not seen since the 1960s to protest for racial justice after the death of George Floyd. But whether that energy translates to increased turnout in November is another question.

In this May 28, 2020, file photo, mail-in ballots are processed at the Chester County Voter Services office in West Chester, Pa., prior to the primary election. (AP Photo / Matt Rourke, File)

Democrats Look to Counter GOP Vote-by-Mail Fraud Claims

Democrats are mounting a new effort to push back against a well-funded Republican campaign that seeks to undermine public confidence in mail-in voting, which President Trump has said will lead to election fraud.

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Effort To Expand Vote-By-Mail Amid Pandemic Heads to Governor’s Desk

A measure designed to considerably expand the number of Illinois voters who cast their ballot in the 2020 presidential election by mail cleared the state Senate Friday and is headed to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk.

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Illinois Set to ‘Chase’ Voters to Mail-In Ballots

Amid uncertainty over the coronavirus — and how long public gatherings will be restricted — legislators on Thursday swiftly moved to approve new voting procedures for the 2020 general election.

In this April 29, 2020, photo provided by the Jeanne Ives for Congress campaign shows, Jeanne Ives, Republican candidate for Illinois' 6th congressional district, in her campaign headquarters in Wheaton, with some of the food donated in a weekend food drive sponsored by her campaign.  (Susie Samuels / Jeanne Ives for Congress via AP)

For Candidates Seeking Attention, It’s Time to Volunteer

The coronavirus pandemic put conventional campaigning on hold just as campaigns were ramping up, forcing candidates to scrap plans, rewrite budgets and find new ways to connect with voters and show they are the right person to lead in a crisis no one anticipated.

Chicago voters hit the polls on primary election day, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (WTTW News)

Illinois Elections Officials to Get $13.9M in Federal Funds to Hold 2020 Election

The Illinois State Board of Elections told federal officials they planned to use the funds to help local elections officials prepare for an expected “considerable increase” in the number of ballots cast by mail.

As seen through a window, President Donald Trump watches newscasts in an area behind the James Brady Press Briefing Room with Steven Groves, center, White House deputy press secretary, and press assistant Margo Martin, after speaking about the coronavirus at the White House, Friday, April 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Experts Worry Politics Will Guide Voters’ Virus Precautions

With November’s presidential and congressional elections on the horizon, the question of whose advice voters follow – and whether it proves wise or disastrous – carries major political stakes.