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Illinois Democrats appear to retain supermajorities in State House and Senate – NBC Chicago

Illinois Democrats have claimed victory in the race to retain their Senate and House supermajorities, meaning the state will be under clear Democratic control for the next two years.

Gov. JB Pritzker was up for re-election to his post for a second term, with the Associated Press and NBC News both calling for the race for the incumbent.

With the 118 House seats and 59 Senate seats, the Democrats say they have won enough competitive races to keep their supermajorities in both houses, their two-thirds majority allowing them to pass legislation both in regular session and in veto session. .

“The people have spoken. Now is the time to get to work governing,” Senate Speaker Don Harmon said in a statement. “Illinois Senate Democrats are committed to responsible state budgets that prioritize funding for schools, health care and public safety; significant ethical reforms; and equal opportunity for all Illinois through job creation and community investment.

Illinois House Speaker Emmanuel “Chris” Welch easily won re-election in his 7e neighborhood race.

“We know that when we fight, we win, and tonight that couldn’t be more true,” he said in a statement. “House Democrats have fought tirelessly for working families and won important legislative victories to protect reproductive rights, rebuild our infrastructure, fund critical public safety initiatives, and much more.”

Although NBC News has yet to call the race, Alexi Giannoulias has claimed victory in the race to become Illinois’ next secretary of state, with Dan Brady conceding the race.

Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs, Attorney General Kwame Raoul and Comptroller Susana Mendoza are all leading in their respective races, though none were called as of 11 p.m.

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