The Illinois State Board of Elections on Nov. 30 certified the results of the Nov. 4 election. Reviewing the official results revealed a few close calls that could have had big effects but for a handful of votes.
House Speaker Michael Madigan's Democratic super-majority survived, thanks in part to a 122-vote victory in one House race. For the second straight General Assembly, Madigan's Democrats hold the 71 seats necessary to maintain veto override power. And an Illinois Supreme Court justice barely survived a retention vote to earn another 10 years on the state's high court.
Check out more official vote totals at Reboot Illinois for a reminder that every vote really does count.
Those newly elected officials will have their work cut out for them to get the state back on track financially, facing down a pension crisis, budget questions and an income tax debate. Bill Bergman, the director of Truth in Accounting says the state of Illinois should try to avoid any more financial issues by learning from the mistakes of businesses. He warns Illinois against continuing the pattern of a sharp increase in securities lending collateral, saying it could be a sign of troubles to come. Read his analysis at Reboot Illinois.